*BREAKING* Following Threats Against His Livelihood, Pottsville Area Bar Owner Stands Down – Will Open Friday Morning for Take-Out
Mike Glauda called The Canary Thursday night to tell us he’s been contacted by Pennsylvania State Police and the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement several times since announcing his intent to reopen Goodfellas on Friday morning.
Since then, tens of thousands of people across Pennsylvania and beyond have expressed support for Glauda and even pledged to support and patronize his business.
However, a bar owner in Pennsylvania like Glauda is up against numerous regulations and can have their business taken from them for any number of reasons.
Glauda tells us they came at him in the last 24 hours with “everything but the kitchen sink,” he said.
Goodfellas Standing Down But Open for Business
The frustrated bar owner says he’ll take advantage of Governor Wolf’s confusing decision Thursday to allow bars and restaurants to begin selling take-out cocktails from their establishments.
.@GovernorTomWolf today signed legislation allowing the temporary sale of cocktails-to-go from bars, restaurants, or hotels with a liquor license. The law takes effect immediately.https://t.co/953Ip9NALW
— Office of the Governor (@GovernorsOffice) May 21, 2020
That ruling went into effect immediately upon its announcement. And Glauda says he’s making plans to reopen his business on Friday morning selling take-out beer and well drinks from his bar in Mount Carbon, just outside Pottsville.
He sent us this press release as he was posting to his social media accounts to let the public know of his plans:
To the hundreds and possibly thousands of people throughout the Commonwealth that liked, shared, messaged and supported me and my decision to reopen I can not thank you enough.
However, I never thought my knee jerk decision to post on social media my disgust towards our tyrant governor would have created this much attention with local and state wide coverage.
Also I did not put any thoughts into the possibilities of repercussions to my family nor did I think at the time that my decision would be putting two different people that I respect from two different state agencies in a awkward position, one of them being from the PLCB that I personally have supported and the other that took the time out to call me yesterday and he is from the BLCE.
I truly believe they understand the reason why I posted and the reason I need to open our business, but they also have a job to do.
So it is with deep regret and disgust with myself that I, too, have to stand down and succumb to this Governor’s idle threats and take the position like our County Commissioners and other Commissioners throughout this Commonwealth had to do, knowing full well that we will not make it much longer.
I hope that my decision to stand down at this time does not make you think ill of me or of Goodfellas in any way. Although I did not expect any licensees nor did I ask anyone to join me in this fight I guess, well maybe, I was hoping at least one would join us. I can understand that they too have families, livelihoods and investments to worry about. I get it but I can not fight this fight alone.
I hope that our elected politicians can talk some sense into this man. If not, we need the federal government to step in. I’m sure there will be another day to fight, but first we have to unite as one bar/restaurant. Our governor is already laying the foundation that we can not go green until we have a proven working vaccine.
With that being said we will be open at 7 a.m. for take out beer and well drinks only. I am so sorry to let all of you down but I did truly try.
God bless and stay safe.
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