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*BREAKING* Following Threats Against His Livelihood, Pottsville Area Bar Owner Stands Down – Will Open Friday Morning for Take-Out

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On Wednesday morning, Mike Glauda, the co-owner of Goodfellas bar in Mount Carbon told The Canary he’d received two phone calls marked “Private”.

Just hours before, the previous night, he posted a message to Facebook that likely caused those phone calls.

In that message, he said, after weeks of getting zero revenue from his business, he was opening the doors to his establishment on Friday morning.

Those phone calls from people he doesn’t know “advised” him to stay closed until Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf says it’s OK for him and other bar owners to reopen following the state’s pandemic response.

Like his Facebook post the previous night indicated, Glauda has had enough.

His business, just outside Pottsville, hasn’t seen a customer since Wolf ordered all bars closed due to the Chinese virus on March 16.

That was supposed to be for 2 weeks. It’s now been 65 days since that order. Like most small business owners, he can’t collect unemployment. And he’s had no luck getting a loan from the US Small Business Administration.

So, he’s taking the biggest risk of his life. He’s going to reopen to customers — promising to follow all necessary safety guidelines — on Friday morning at 7 a.m.

Speaking to The Canary on Wednesday morning, Glauda pretty much knows how it’s going to go. But again, he says he has no choice.

“At this point, I’m still going through with it,” he told The Canary. “My civil rights are being violated. What would you do?”

The Virus Hit Home

Glauda’s not making this cavalier decision lightly. And he’s definitely not taking the Chinese virus lightly, either.

He told The Canary the virus claimed the life of one of his aunts. In total, 6 people in his family have been infected. And even before that happened, he understood why the state decided to take the steps it did initially.

“The virus is real and I get why they did it,” he said.

Unfair Response

But since the initial response, and long after that initial two weeks

“Ever other licensee in the Commonwealth accepted it,” Glauda says.

But as time goes on, he sees people going in droves to big stores like Walmart, Lowe’s, Home Depot, and some other larger grocery stores.

Inside his establishment on Wednesday, he demonstrated how he can follow safety guidelines, too. Anything from limiting the number of people inside to spacing out bar stools, it’s certainly just as much and probably more than any of those stores have done to help prevent the spread of the virus.

“What’s good for one has to be good for another,” he reasoned.  “If you want to do it, it has to be for everybody.”

Like many other small business owners in Schuylkill County and across Pennsylvania, Glauda wonders why it’s OK for those businesses to stay open but not a company as small as his.

They, he said, have protections in place to keep them going. He doesn’t. His doors need to stay open so he can keep the lights on, not only at his establishment but also his home.

“I don’t have other people to pick me up when I fail,” he says. “If it were fair, I’d be going with it.”

Aware of the Risks But Has Bills to Pay

Glauda says he knows what likely will happen on Friday or soon after that.

But if his business is going down, he wants to be the one responsible for it, not the state. He says he knows the risk he’s taking if he follows through with his intent to open on Friday.

“Of course I don’t want to lose the business,” he said Wednesday. But he added, he literally has no other choice at this point.

“I figured when they said ‘two weeks’ this was going a month,” he said. “It just keeps going and going and going. We’re closer than we’ve ever been to losing it.”

Even though he’s got no revenue coming in to his business, the bills haven’t stopped. He wanted to itemize them for us so he dashed home really quick to grab the nearest stack of bills his business has to pay, despite not being open. Most are from the state that shut him down.

From a stack of papers, Glauda starts rattling off the bills he’s facing: “Dept. of Revenue, Internal Revenue Service, Unemployment Compensation … ”

He continued, “HAB, EIT, LST …”

“What the hell is HAB,” we asked.

“I have no idea,” Glauda answered. “I just write the checks out.”

Additionally, he’s got local bills that need to be paid, too. He noted that somehow, mysteriously, his bill from Schuylkill County Municipal Authority rose sharply recently. He showed us the bill that indicated his water use more than doubled in March … even though he was closed for half of it.

One Person to Blame – Governor Tom Wolf

So, when Glauda opens his doors to customers on Friday morning, he knows he’ll be ruffling feathers. But he wanted us to let people know he means no disrespect to many.

At this point, he’s pointing the finger of blame at one person: Governor Tom Wolf.

And Tuesday really set him over the edge. Glauda says Wolf’s decision to veto the reopening of real estate businesses only to, hours later, decided on his own to open those businesses showed this is all about Wolf’s ego.

“I have no ill will to the LCB (Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board), Timmy Holden … I’m not trying to be disrespectful to anyone, especially law enforcement,” Glauda says. “It all comes down to one person. I have a problem with the Governor. It’s not just about you (Wolf); it’s about me, too.”

Glauda’s been in business at Goodfellas for nearly 25 years. He’s put up with more than his fair share of nonsense, mostly from his own local government. When Mount Carbon had a borough council, it targeted his business and its expansion.

But his business survived. Many other local businesses did well because of events he hosted at Goodfellas.

Now, Glauda thinks it’s at a tipping point.

“Who wants to work their whole life and lose it all because of one man? It’s just so wrong,” he said. “The governor isn’t helping me with any of it.”

“I Believe in the Constitution.”

Glauda expects to encounter trouble. He says he’s ready for the fight.

“I believe in the Constitution and I’ll fight for it,” he said.

Glauda risks losing all sorts of licenses the state requires to operate a bar in Pennsylvania, including his valuable liquor license and occupancy permit. He said he’ll go to court to fight to save his business. And if that doesn’t work, he’s got other plans to stay afloat.

NOTE: Glauda co-owns Goodfellas with his wife, Deb.

>> Here’s Glauda’s Facebook post that continues getting attention on social media: 

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34 responses to Goodfellas Bar Owner Says He’s Had Enough – Reopening Friday

  1. PTFloridians May 20th, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    Damn right Mike. I wish you the best in everything. The Guvs’ mob-style pressure tactics don’t wash anymore, Enuff Znuff.
    Enjoy the ride and stand for what you believe…more businesses to follow…my applause to you and Deb.

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  2. Linda H May 20th, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    My heart truly goes out to this guy and all the others, who’s hands are tied, due to their business needing a state license.
    I know so many young women who got into various self care businesses. Hair, nails, therapy massage etc, and there they sit, rent is due, kids are hungry – bored, no school no friends.
    Clients offer to come in, pay cash so there is no evidence of them working. They are all so damned afraid of a snitch turning them in, and instead are maxing out credit cards, with interest rates that are going to eat them alive, and praying for Wolf to change his mind.

    I personally have been to a garden center who was told he can not open, he is open and has a no mask required rule posted. He owns the property, so no landlord is going to kick him out. My husband was to a truck repair garage today, and they have said F -it to the mask rule. More and more people have had enough of the BS now.
    You know masks are only required in PA NY NJ and MN I have no idea why in MN NY and NJ I can understand PA, well its because an idiot is in control, not in charge, in control.

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    • PTFloridians May 20th, 2020 at 9:57 pm

      Nailed it Linda…well said.

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  3. Lizzie May 20th, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    Good for you! This is utter nonsense by Wolf. Most of the people who have passed away from this virus had underlying factors. 90% of patients who have passed had underlying conditions…do the math. Also, why was the state and the media only reporting on infections and deaths, fear mongering? why not the people who have recovered, which are plenty… Worst Governor ever. Who calls people who want to work cowards? He wants a welfare state and is a sad leader along with Dr. Levine. It should have never been a one size fits all….that is not the way it works. How convenient for Dr. Levine to have her mother moved from the care facility …. Dr. L. let the infected return to their care facilities…WTH? TY

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  4. PTFloridians May 21st, 2020 at 7:45 am

    I hope you know of, and can garner the support of a local (or not) freedom fighting attorney, or firm, to help you in your journey, as well as the interests of others. Convicted criminals and their behaviors are coddled and sprung from jail, while yax paying citizens are living and being threatened in a police state fashion. So many attorneys are willing to jump in the fray of illegal immigration, criminal defense and the like, so, i hope someone can intervene with good intent, to take on the flimsy Wolf crime family. Their overreach and thinly veiled threats are just that.

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  5. Linda H May 21st, 2020 at 8:04 am

    Long ramble . . .
    “PA State Rep. Ryan Warner
    It will take 136 votes to stop or override any of the governor’s mandates.
    Tomorrow, the Veteran Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee will run the resolution I cosponsored to remove the governor’s emergency powers. It too will ultimately need 136 votes in the House.”

    I do not know if many of us are praying folks, but we need some serious change, and FAST!
    The vote, mentioned above, to happen Thursday a.m. (today) Governor Wolf Is working under a state of emergency. If we can override the state of emergency then he has to go through the House of Representatives. Basically the dictatorship ends. And we can go back to a democracy.

    -But that said, I am not a lawyer, and do not fully know if Wolf can veto the bill that would cancel that state of emergency “power” they instated decades ago – and it was set up for weather issues, never did they ever think of a virus, or handing someone like Wolf the power! It seems to be a strong division between “D’s” and “R’s” I can not believe its only the “R’s” who are out of work!! There has to be plenty of “D’s” screaming at their representatives to vote in favor of getting them back to work. I say that because I am also reading of so many “D’s” who are leaving the party, ashamed of what it has become.

    (IMO, again I have no law degree)
    Time to get the Supreme Court to declare his executive orders unconstitutional and illegal. The truth is that Tom Wolf should actually do some time in jail for his illegal abuse of power.

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  6. Bob fisher May 21st, 2020 at 8:11 am

    Mike my water bill mysteriously doubled in March too…..same use here as usual. It never doubled before when I filled my kids 10×10 inflatable pool………..Good luck and I hope everything works out for you!!!!!

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    • PTFloridians May 21st, 2020 at 10:12 am

      …just a word of help…American Water will allow a once a year exception, for a leak or a problem that incurred abnormal usage…call n find out, but have your story straight, dont just go fishin’

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    • B May 21st, 2020 at 12:48 pm

      Most water companies have a water rate usage and a minimum usage rate. If you dont use enough you get the minimum rate which is usually high so you disconnect it.

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      • admin May 21st, 2020 at 1:07 pm

        Saw the bill. Months prior, when he was open, it was lower.

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  7. Brett May 21st, 2020 at 8:54 am

    I am a local business owner and I am speaking as one. This guy has been in business for what 15 years and he does not have enough emergency fund to last a few months? Sounds to me like his business was poorly run in the first place.

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    • admin May 21st, 2020 at 8:56 am

      Nearly 25 years. The restaurant/bar business is not one that really allows for saving much emergency money. At least 2/3 of businesses don’t have an emergency fund at all. Even more don’t have one that lasts 2 months … and counting.

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      • Brett May 21st, 2020 at 10:45 am

        If you put a 10 dollar bill in your emergency fund for 25 years you will have over $90,000 in it, not counting interest. Any business who cant save a $10 bill a day is in poor shape or poorly run. I believe is its much easier to blame the governor than to accept that one did not manage their business well.

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    • Jamie May 21st, 2020 at 10:10 pm

      Agree 10000% If these businesses can’t make it through the shut down, then they have no business being in business ‘cause obviously, they weren’t doing well to begin with or were poorly managed.
      The fact that they will risk people’s health to make a buck is disgusting and I look forward to watching Goodfellas close for good.
      He has money to fight this in court but not to stay closed? GTFO.
      For anyone crying that they aren’t making money, there are 100 places hiring right now. Stores & restaurants are seeing an all time high in sales and need workers.
      Amazon, Walmart, Giant, Dunkin Donuts, all the nursing homes KFC just to name a few. None of ya are afraid of the virus, so go apply at a nursing home or amazon/walmart warehouse!

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      • admin May 21st, 2020 at 11:51 pm

        Congrats on the most asinine comment of the day.

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      • Linda H May 22nd, 2020 at 6:20 am

        You do realize you do not just go and get a job at nursing home, you do need some basic training, and right now, guess what? Yep, schools – CLOSED.
        Last I heard Amazon was laying off.
        All that said, why is safer to go work with 1000 other people than it is in your one man/woman business? If you all think WM sanitizes, go in their stock room and look around. A Hatfield pig house is cleaner. Yes – I have been in both more than once. And many WM’s due a job I had Actually a hot summer day, you want to vomit in the WM stockroom due to the smell of rotten food sitting next to that cheap Made in China nighty you wife is going to wear to bed. Good times!

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  8. Linda H May 21st, 2020 at 9:21 am

    Well let me say this, we are in the trucking industry, on the sales and repair side And back in April of 08 fuel prices began to skyrocket, we began to feel the pinch that summer, September of 2008 is when the shit hit the fan (AIG news) home sales tanked, construction stopped, and the recession kicked in. I will not say too much but will say we had to go a long while without much pay, to keep the employees. (you can not afford to let a good employee go these days)
    It hits you hard and fast, and “rainy day savings” do not stretch as far as you would have hoped for. And it seems when you are down on your luck, more bad luck follows. My transmission went on my car during that time frame.
    I never judge a self employed person. The sort of health insurance they can afford (or not afford) for starters, is a huge hit to their income. They are damned if they do and damned if they don’t in that case.
    Many other things can pop up . . . I have heard so many hard luck stories, parent dies and you have to cover their funeral expenses. Bad health you or a spouse. Time lost working. Car accident, or like I had crappy vehicle issues.
    Washer goes and two weeks later the well went dry, and the dog ran out in front of a car and now there are vet bills (That actually happened to someone I know)

    Not trying to be flippant or sound like another sad country- western song.
    But bad shit happens to really good people, its a fact! And a lot of really good people want to do things there way and not be looking for a handout or a hand to hold.
    Again, my two cents I just want to say, try to be compassionate for others even if you do not agree with their way of life. Cause you never know everything.

    Sorry for being so “wordy”, I was never much for politics and putting my nose into others lives, but all this really has me riled up. The constant BS from Wolf needs to stop, and now!!
    Let people live, let them work and let them die.
    BTW – We all die, we are NOT saving any lives, we’re just prolonging them. I’ll be quiet now.

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    • admin May 21st, 2020 at 10:38 am

      Very well said. Could have read pages more, honestly.

      Mike’s worked hard to build his business. He was innovating at a time when others were just wallowing in misery.

      And you’re right … flattening the curve, as it was put to us originally, only just prolongs the death. In the big spike vs. the flat curve, the same amount of people die.

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    • Brett Rutecky May 21st, 2020 at 10:53 am

      People like to talk about how risking getting sick is something people should accept .. and I agree with that. The problem is that lots of people being sick put others at risk.

      Lets say Wolf opens up the state, and lets say the we now have tons of people sick and hospitalized. One could say, well it was their choice, they made it they have to live with it .. freedom baby…

      But then what happens when someone who was social distancing to protect themselves has a heart attack. When a mom gets in a car accident, when an old man who kept himself safe has a stroke and the hospitals are already over run and cant handle the patients they have let alone more.

      The simple fact is that medical care is a resource that we all have to share and putting people in a position where it might be all used up and not available to them is irrisponsible.

      You are right, ‘flattening the curve’ IS about ‘prolonging the death’ .. so that the hospitals dont get over run and people who get ill or injured from other things are able to get life saving care.

      In short, people need to understand something that is very hard for some to grasp: Its NOT all about YOU!

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      • Frank May 21st, 2020 at 5:27 pm

        Hospitals are looking for business now. They are losing billions as many are quite empty. Guess what is going to happen as a result? Hospital charges are gonna go up up and up. So no, it isn’t all about you.

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  9. PTFloridians May 21st, 2020 at 10:10 am

    Maybe this can help, collectively, to local businesses banding together…find out how they did it, and use this template moving forward, if necessary…

    New Jersey salon owner joins lawsuit against Gov. Murphy over ‘arbitrary’ shutdown: We’re being ‘completely ignored’

    https://www.foxnews.com/media/new-jersey-salon-owner-lawsuit-gov-murphy-shutdown

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  10. Donna May 21st, 2020 at 10:22 am

    Good for you! I wish I lived closer…. I would definitely be at your establishment! I wish more small business establishments would follow suit. If I can go to Walmart, I should be able to go elsewhere!

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  11. Wendy May 21st, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    HI MIKE, I JUST WANTED TO SAY YOU ARE DOING WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO, YOU AND DEB. HAVE BEEN PUT IN THIS POSITION, AND I JUST WANT TO SAY YOUR DOING IT RESPECTFULLY, AND I AM CHEERING FOR YOU, YOU FOUGHY AND WORKED HARD FOR EHAT YOU HAVE. I AM SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR AUNT AND FAMILY MEMBERS WHO TOOK SICK BY THIS VIRUS. TRY AND KEEP YOUR COOL CUZ IM SURE THEY LL COME AT YOU HARD, ESPECIALLY IF THEY WANNA MAKE AN EXAMPLE OUT OF YOU. I DONT THINK THAT YOU RAN YOUR BUS. POORLY, AND MY HOPES AND PRayers are with you and family.go gettem babe, wendy

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  12. Greg May 21st, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    Poorly written article and ignorant comment section. Agree with Brett on all counts.

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    • Frank May 22nd, 2020 at 4:02 am

      Thanks for contributing.

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  13. Kay May 21st, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    Did you really call it the “chinese” virus?
    You must be a supporter of the occupant
    And please give back your journalism degree if you even have one

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    • admin May 21st, 2020 at 8:38 pm

      Right after we send you a new set of pearls to clutch.

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    • Frank May 22nd, 2020 at 4:06 am

      This virus didn’t come from China? Want to double check that?

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  14. Ty May 21st, 2020 at 11:52 pm

    Mike totally support you and understand. Gov. Wolf has done a horrible job and continues to do so regardless of the wishes from the people of this Commonwealth and lawmakers. I will be riding in with some others to have some cold ones. I believe all of us independent bar/restaurant owners should open simultaneously from Easton to Erie.
    With Memorial Day coming now more than ever is the time to stand together and open up.
    Respectfully,
    Ty “Boatyard”

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  15. Brian May 22nd, 2020 at 7:58 am

    Good luck hope everything goes well they always try to Stamp Out the little guy

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  16. Amanda May 22nd, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    I am behind u Mike 💯 ur doing the right thing buddy

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  17. Al Malacusky May 22nd, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    Stopped in on my way home from Philly, and bought a beer. Hope it works out. Good luck!

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  18. Diane May 23rd, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    Well said Mike !! Hats off to you ! I’m a barmaid and this has been shit ! I go out to the store and the only thing different is masks ! And then I get so torked seeing people not wearing them , but I have to ? Your so right about the bar . We just have to use a little bit of common sense but this is ridiculous! It’s the point to what it’s mentally doing to us . It’s not making a family closer now it’s pushing us apart . I actually prefer to work anytime over this ! Sometime we will have to come visit your establishment! Wishing u the very best mike and your wife ! You guys have a great weekend and holiday and wishing u both the very best ! Keep on keeping on my friend ! Best of luck !

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  19. Wendy June 28th, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    You go mike! Best of luck to you and staff.

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