Hundreds of people showed up in Albany Monday as a central Minnesota bar owner was ready to defy the Governor’s Executive Order and open his business for customers. Shady’s Hometown Tavern owner Kris Schiller says, faced with a $25,000 fine per location per day he ultimately decided to open just one of his six locations.

Darrin Agnew owns Searles on Fifth Ave in downtown St. Cloud, he was also planning on opening his restaurant today (Monday), but decided not to take the chance of getting the hefty fine. So, instead, he was out in Albany supporting Schiller.   Agnew says he’s skeptical that bars and restaurants will be allowed to open in two weeks on June 1St.

Agnew suggested he may choose to reopen his business later this week, after hearing what the state guidelines are for bars and restaurants. Some supporters came from great distances like Tammy Pflipsen who drove up to Albany from Shakopee.

About five minutes before noon Schiffler addressed the large crowd in front of his bar and announced he would not be opening after he received another phone call from Attorney General Keith Ellison, and taking the advice of his personal lawyer.