HOLLAND, MI – The co-owner of Brann’s Steakhouse and Grille in the Netherlands has paid a fine of $ 1,750 for workplace COVID-19 violations at his restaurant.
According to the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA).
The fine, issued on February 11, was originally for $ 3,500. The inspection that led to the fine took place in response to an employee complaint.
MIOSHA spokesperson Camara Lewis said Brann filed an appeal on February 24. The agency confirmed the quote, but offered to cut the fine in half. Brann accepted the deal and paid the reduced penalty, she said.
In an interview with Grand Rapids Press / MLive, Brann said the fine was imposed because there was no protective shield installed at the hostess station and because a few employees had their masks down.
“We’re doing all the right things that we can and need with masks,” Brann said. “But are we slipping?” Everyone is human.
Brann said he “asked for a break” with the fine because his business was struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic and was relying on his line of credit to make ends meet. “We just asked for a break… if you want to call $ 1,750 a break. For me, that’s a lot of money.
Brann is the full owner of Brann’s Steakhouse and Grille at 4157 S. Division Ave. in Wyoming. He said he co-owned Brann locations in Holland, Muskegon, Grandville, Cascade Township, as well as a permanently closed location in Portage.
Brann said he co-owned the Holland restaurant with his brothers Johnny and Mike Brann.
Lewis said the February 11 breach was the first COVID-19 breach for a restaurant in Brann.
In total, 190 workstations have been cited for issues related to the pandemic by MIOSHA. Brann’s restaurant was among the 16 recently added to the agency’s website.
Brann was first elected to the State House in 2016, and represents Michigan’s 77th District, which includes the City of Wyoming and the Township of Byron. He was a defending small businesses, including state and federal relief for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
His steakhouse received a $ 15,000 Michigan Small Business Survival Grant that helped the restaurant retain or rehire 20 positions, according to status data.
Tommy Brann’s Steak & Seafood Inc. received two loans under the Federal Paycheck Protection Program (P3), which was designed to help businesses keep workers affected by the pandemic keep workers on the list payroll.
One loan, approved Jan. 23, was $ 229,646. Another, approved in April 2020, was $ 164,033, according to data compiled by the news site Propublica.
Some PPP borrowers may be eligible for a loan discount.
Brann said he supports face masks and supports a proposal requiring the use of face masks as a way to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
Brann says he is running for the vacant 28th seat of the Kent District State Senate. The seat was once held by Republican Peter MacGregor, who stepped down from the seat after being elected Kent County Treasurer last year. A special primary election for the 28th district seat is scheduled for August 3, followed by the general election on November 2.