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Marlena’s Bistro acquires food license, needs court permission to reopen

HOLLAND — Part of the battle is over for Marlena’s Bistro and Pizzeria in Holland.

Following a successful inspection Wednesday, June 30, the Allegan County Health Department reissued a food license to Zante Inc. — the legal title of the restaurant operated by Marlena Pavlos-Hackney.

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The reinstatement of her food license comes nearly four months after Pavlos-Hackney was arrested by Michigan State Police after a bench warrant was issued by Judge Wanda Stokes of the 30th Judicial Circuit Court for her arrest.

The warrant was a response to Pavlos-Hackney’s refusal to close her restaurant, even after her food license was revoked by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in January for failing to enforce then-statewide pandemic restrictions, including social distancing and mask-wearing.

Pavlos-Hackney also ignored a temporary restraining order from the court and refused to allow inspectors or law enforcement into Marlena’s.

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