LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDKY) – A Lexington business that’s ignored an executive order made by Governor Beshear is heading to court today.
Brewed coffee bar has been served by the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department for allowing customers to eat indoors.
The official court complaint against Brewed owner Andrew Cooperrider is on display at the cafe. It says an inspector found customers eating indoors and also mentions a citation given due to lack of face masks.
Cooperrider says he feels positive going into this afternoon’s hearing. he states the order seems arbitrary, and he says arbitrary laws are against the Kentucky Constitution.
Cooperrider says he feels his back is up against the wall and wasn’t given another choice besides staying open. Plus, he says his space is considered a patio because he has an open garage door.
The health department says 50 percent of a space needs to be open for it to be considered outdoor seating.
Cooperrider says he lost another business, Dean’s Diner in Wilmore, back in June after the first set of restrictions.
Our partners at the Lexington Herald-Leader report reactions from customers have been mixed, some saying they won’t come back and others giving encouragement.
Cooperrider told the Herald-Leader he’s willing to comply if the government would pause the business, temporarily stopping rent and other bill payments.
The hearing will be virtual this afternoon at 2:00.