Defiant Michigan restaurant owner jailed after appearing on Tucker Carlson show


LANSING, MI- A Michigan restaurant owner has been jailed by the order of the state attorney general. Her crime? Complaining about her long-running battle against the AG on Fox News Network’s Tucker Carlson show and operating a business in the state of Michigan.

Dana Nessel, a Democrat bragged that she had jailed Marlena Pavlos-Hackney at a traffic stop months after the owner of Marlena’s Bistro and Pizzeria in Holland violated the state’s executive lockdown order.

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The business has since been shut down by the state.

“Pavlos-Hackney has continued to willfully violate the state’s food laws, public health orders and a court-ordered Temporary Restraining Order which was converted into a Preliminary Injunction,” Nessel said.

Nessel claimed Hackney had an outstanding Ingham County Civil Warrant for Contempt of Court, for failing to comply in a civil case filed by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD v. Zante Inc.,dba Marlena’s Bistro and Pizzeria). She was arrested, without incident, following a traffic stop on Lakewood Blvd and 160th in Ottawa County. 

MDARD suspended Marlena’s food establishment license on January 20, 2021.  The restaurant has been operating without a license since then – in violation of the Michigan Food Law.  An administrative hearing was held on February 1 to determine if the suspension was proper and on February 11 the Administrative Law Judge issued a decision and an order continuing the summary suspension of Marlena’s food license. 

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“This owner has continued to willfully violate the state’s food laws, public health orders and the order of the court – a dangerous act that may have exposed dozens of diners and employees to the virus following the discovery that one of Marlena’s customers tested positive for the virus within two days of eating there,” said Nessel “MDARD is particularly concerned because the potential exposure happened at a restaurant that refuses to comply with basic COVID-19 measures required by the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services.” 

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