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Centre County Restaurant Staying Open

Many restaurant owners say they will have no choice but to defy the governor’s order to keep their businesses alive.

we caught up with a local restaurant owner in Centre County who says he’ll be serving his customers Saturday.

In the wake of the new restrictions imposed by Gov. Tom Wolf, most small businesses across the state are bracing for a slow holiday season.

Starting Saturday, indoor dining at restaurants will cease until Jan. 4.

However, some restaurant owners feel that this second shutdown will force them to permanently close up shop.

Without income from customers, it is a tall task to keep money flowing in the door.

However, some restaurants are not keen on giving up that cash.

Jeff Grimes, the owner of the Hot Dog House in Spring Township for the last 35 years, will remain open to patrons comfortable dining in.

“It’s your choice,” Grimes says. “It’s part of being American. If you want to go, go. If you don’t want to go, don’t go in. If you don’t feel comfortable, that’s fine. We understand, it’s not a problem. But, there’s a lot of people that feel they want to go out and have a bite to eat.”

Grimes feels as though his business will not survive if he closes his doors.

He took to Facebook, publicly taking the governor to task.

Joanne Tosti-Vasey, the Bellefonte Borough Council President, made her own concerns known about restaurants disobeying the governor and remaining open.

“I believe you may be putting our community in harm’s way,” Tosti-Vasey said. “If you are a community citizen concerned about this, you should probably report it.”

Though Spring Township is just outside of Bellefonte and therefore not subject to its rules, many of the restaurant’s patrons live in or near Bellefonte.

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