Kriner’s Diner and Municipality reach settlement in court
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Kriner’s Diner and the Municipality of Anchorage reached a settlement on Tuesday. This means the diner will have to follow the city’s emergency order to close indoor dining.
“The parties have been discussing how to resolve this case for some time,” Blake Quackenbush wrote to KTUU in an email on Tuesday.
A spokesperson for the municipality said it was satisfied with the settlement.
“From the beginning, the MOA has sought compliance with EO-15 for the health of the community and is satisfied that, moving forward, Kriner’s will be part of the solution in helping to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Anchorage,” the municipality said in a statement.
According to the city, the settlement says rather than Kriner’s pay $3,300 in fines, they can pay the same amount to the Food Bank of Alaska or a similar, mutually agreed on entity.
This agreement comes after the two parties went back and forth in court last week while Kriner’s refused to stop dine-in service Saturday, prompting the city to try and have the restaurant owners held in contempt of court. During Tuesday’s hearing, assistant municipal attorney Linda Johnson said the city is not trying to take anybody to jail over this case.
The agreement was applauded by Alaska Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth who said he understood how high the emotions got surrounding the case.
“A lesson for a lot of people in terms of keeping talking and listening to both sides,” Aarseth said.
The exact wording of the settlement is still being worked out, and both attorneys said they would have it to judge Aarseth in writing by Wednesday morning.
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