Macomb County restaurants file lawsuit against Whitmer, other officials over closures

A newly formed Macomb County restaurant group has sued Michigan officials over state shutdown orders during the past year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“They’re killing us,” Sam Backos, owner of Ernie’s in Clinton Township told the Free Press Monday evening.

Backos is among the restaurants, bars, and banquet centers that filed the lawsuit against state officials seeking economic damages suffered because of state COVID-19 closures and restrictions.

“We’ve lost lots of money,” Backos said. “We are asking to be made whole. “

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Albert Addis is the Macomb County attorney representing the recently formed Macomb County Restaurant, Bar and Banquet Association. Addis alleges that under the state’s constitution the restaurant business has been taken away without “just compensation.”

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