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Local Restaurant Owners Speak Out

Starting Monday, Restaurants and Bars across the State can operate at 50% capacity. On Friday, several local Owners met with a State Lawmaker to explain why they’re still unhappy with the switch. The Owner of Stadium Pub and Grille in Johnstown was one of those owners who spoke with Senator Langerholc on Friday to voice his concerns.

Patrick Martella and his wife Stacey opened Stadium Pub and Grille in downtown Johnstown in February, right before the COVID-19 Pandemic hit a month later. They went from take out only to 25% capacity. If Restaurant Owners complete a self-certification online, on Monday they’ll now be able to open at 50% of their fire code capacity. Patrick says they’ve added additional seating indoors and outdoors for more space, but they’re still facing many obstacles. One such obstacle is not having any of their bar service back, which is blocked off by caution tape. Patrick Martella, Owner/Manager of Stadium Pub & Grille saying: “If I got my bar back, somebody could have a sandwich and a soda for lunch, and this has nothing to do with the alcohol part of it, it’s just being able to have that bar area as a table space, as dining space.”

And so, Patrick along with other Local Bar and Restaurant Owners headed to Senator Langerholc’s Office to express these frustrations. He says he hopes the Senator will take their concerns back to Harrisburg with him to give a voice to Bar and Restaurant Owners all over the State.

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