MAYOR’S INJUNCTION LAWSUIT TO BE HEARD FRIDAY
Members of the House Republican caucus gathered at Kriner’s Diner today. Kriner’s is the rebellious restaurant that won’t close, in spite of the orders of the mayor of Anchorage, the lawsuit the Berkowitz Administration has filed, and the $600 a day fine Berkowitz has levied.
Reps. Cathy Tilton, DeLena Johnson, Laddie Shaw, and George Rauscher had lunch at the cafe on C Street, swapped stories about the campaign trail, chatted it up with Andy Kriner, who owns the establishment with his wife, and got interviewed by a KTUU news crew.
Earlier, Sen. Josh Revak had been spotted dining at the cafe.
They were there to support a small-business owner, whose plight has been noted on these pages. The community has lent its support to the popular cafe, whose owner says he cannot afford to shut down for another month, as the mayor has ordered all restaurants and bars to do.
Twenty-four cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in the Anchorage area in the past 24 hours. Several restaurants have now joined the resistance and are remaining open, as code enforcers come by with papers and fines.
The lawsuit the mayor has filed against Kriner’s Diner will be heard at 10 am Friday in the courtroom of Judge William Morse. Kriner’s Diner will be represented by attorney Blake Quackenbush.
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