EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU) — The state Monday landed a holiday klunker on bars and restaurants. No booze after 5 p.m. Wednesday.
The suspended sale of alcohol for on-site consumption, impacts Wednesday evening only. The night before Thanksgiving is typically a big profit night and that’s a huge blow to businesses.
It’s going to have significant impact on people in the bar and restaurant industry. Missing out on what’s traditionally their busiest night of the year.
The Wolf administration is suspending alcohol sales for on-site consumption at bars and restaurants on the night before Thanksgiving. It’s one of several new mitigation efforts announced on Monday, to combat the rise in COVID cases ahead of the holiday.
“In order to stay safe, we ought to stay home. It’s vital that every Pennsylvanian takes these mitigation steps seriously because what we have to keep in mind is when we talk about COVID, the number is not just a number it represents a person,” Wolf said.
Vinny Archer is co-owner of the V-Spot in Scranton. He says Wednesday night before Thanksgiving is traditionally one of their busiest nights.
“In the bar business it’s almost as big as Parade Day in this town. There is a lot of disappointment. My phone rang all day,” Archer said.
Under normal circumstances, Archer says Thanksgiving Eve would bring in up to $7,000. This year they were hoping to make half that with their limits on capacity.
Now they’ll probably have to close at 5. Per the governor’s order, between 5 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday, bars and restaurants will not be permitted to serve beer and liquor in the commonwealth.
The suspension starts just a couple hours before the local band, Nowhere Slow was set to take the stage at Archer’s bar. He says people already bought tables.
“If you cannot sell alcohol at a bar after 5, there’s no point in staying open. Everyone that did purchase tables and seats will all be refunded,” Archer said.
Archer says they will probably reopen in the afternoon on Thanksgiving Day.
The band that was scheduled to play Wednesday night is now planning to give back to the bar. Archer says Nowhere Slow will livestream a show that night to raise money for staff.