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Battle Creek's Lakeview Lounge loses liquor license, COVID-19 order violations cited

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Lakeview Lounge in Battle Creek faces a suspension of its liquor license for violating COVID-19 orders, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission announced Jan. 12, 2021. (WWMT/File)

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission suspended the liquor license of Lakeview Lounge in Battle Creek, citing the restaurant and bar for violating COVID-19 orders.

The restaurant and bar was among three facilities that lost licenses, the commission said in an announcement made Jan. 12, 2021. Minnie’s Rhythm Café in Detroit and Down the Tracks in Flint also faced license suspensions.

Violations of the epidemic orders issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services cited in the suspensions include allowing in-person gatherings, providing indoor dining, and failing to require face coverings for staff and customers.

State officials said Lakeview Lounge was scheduled to appear in court Jan. 15, 2021, through a virtual hearing over Zoom. An administrative law judge would decide if the suspension should continue, or if other fines and penalties should be imposed.

Since September 2020, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission has suspended the liquor licenses of 34 establishments located throughout the state for violations of the COVID-19 orders.

The public can report any suspected non-compliance issue at an establishment directly to the commission by filing a complaint with the MLCC Enforcement Division online or by calling the division’s hotline, toll-free, at 866-893-2121. The commission's website provides information on the emergency health orders, indoor service restrictions, face mask requirements and a Frequently Asked Questions sections for restaurants and bars.

As of Jan. 12, Michigan health leaders reported 525,612 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 13,501 deaths.

Samantha May is a digital news producer, and can be reached at