Nanticoke, Luzerne County — A damaged patio area marked the aftermath of a third car crash in recent months into Tommyboy’s Bar & Grill in Nanticoke. Police believe the man at the wheel, 32-year-old David Kostrzewski of Shickshinny, was driving under the influence Thursday around 6 a.m. when he crossed lanes on Broadway Street, jumped a curb and slammed into the business. “I’m here six years and this is just crazy right now,” said Owner Adeline Smith. She couldn’t believe a car struck her business a third time since summer. The lounge area was already boarded up and still under repair from October when a driver arrested for DUI also slammed into the building. “It’s very disturbing. It’s very upsetting,” she said.
Joe Manoski who owns Sans Souci Stone and Brick Company in Hanover Township did previous repairs to the business. He stopped by Thursday morning to survey the damage and told Eyewitness News, “First thought I (had) was I better come down here and look at the brick because they’re going to need more brick.”
Ms. Smith and her daughters run the business of six and a half years. Their customers include families and others who enjoy the restaurant in addition to patrons who frequent the bar. To endure the recent spate of crashes is beyond frustrating for her. “We’re a very successful bar. We have fantastic food. I don’t want to lose it. This is my dream. I don’t want to lose it.”
Ms. Smith met Thursday morning with the city’s mayor and police chief to talk about what can be done to make conditions safer not only for her business but also nearby merchants and even pedestrians. One consideration is lowering the 35 mile per hour speed limit along Broadway Street. “I think that we should try some traffic enforcement first before anything,” said Nanticoke Police Chief William Shultz. Another possibility is banning parking along that stretch of Broadway Street. Ms. Smith believes even that would be a first step toward improved safety. “The town is talking with me. I know there’s going to be a few changes so hopefully that will stop this problem.”
Ms. Smith said she planned to make improvements to the patio area even before Thursday morning’s crash. Meanwhile, she expected repairs from the October damage would be complete in a couple of weeks. She added that she plans to open an ice cream store at the building in the spring.