John and Jamie Huemme were delighted Friday when a state inspector reversed an order that would have forced Sharky’s Café and Pier, one of the region’s largest sports bars, to close during Sunday’s Steelers-Browns playoff game.
The landmark sports bar and eatery, located along Route 30 in Unity, was ordered shuttered on Thursday after an inspector from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture upheld anonymous complaints that the bar was violating covid-19 operating instructions.
The Huemmes say they’ve gone well beyond state guidelines to stay open. Current guidelines provide for seating at 50% of capacity, so they’ve limiting seating at the venue that boasts a capacity of 600 to 100 diners, removed chairs from every other table to ensure they adhere to capacity limits and the six foot distance between tables, issued disposable paper menus, required employees to wear masks and even set up a sanitizing station in plain view of diners.
They were stunned when they were ordered to close for a week for allegedly violating covid-19 operating restrictions that have devastated local bars and restaurants for the last 10 months.