If you’re in Cressona and drive by Hot Rod Bar & Grill, you’ll notice this sign:
Hilarious, yes. But the scene inside Hot Rod’s isn’t too funny right now.
Since Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf issued his latest executive order closing bars and reducing capacity at restaurants to just 25%, the popular watering hole on Front St. in Cressona isn’t getting a lot of customers.
The business shares the plight of so many others across Schuylkill County and Pennsylvania right now.
Cressona Bar Serving Buttered Bread as a Meal to Flout Governor’s Orders
Co-owner Kirsten Sandler told us Saturday she’s not sure why people aren’t coming in but they’re not … at least not like they normally do.
Well, wait until they hear about the buttered bread special!
Sandler says the business will do whatever it takes to stay afloat. And that includes flouting some of the rules put in place last week by the overbearing Wolf.
For instance, even though Hot Rod’s kitchen isn’t open during the daytime, they’ve come up with a daytime menu that would allow customers inside.
Remember, having a beer without a meal is considered too dangerous and could lead to the spread of COVID-19. But serving food with those drinks is fine, according to the Governor.
So, now you can order anything from a ham or turkey sandwich to a piece of hot bologna or slice of buttered bread so you can safely enjoy your drinks.
That’s right … buttered bread, 50 cents a slice. It’s part of the “I just want to drink” menu at the bar AND grill.
Check out the new daytime menu at Hot Rod’s:
This puts the ball in Wolf’s court if he wants to niggle with bar owners over whether a slice of bread or a piece of bologna constitutes a meal.
Wolf even admitted that there will be businesses that “figure out a way to skirt this” during his press conference announcing the latest orders.
And since saddling up to the bar isn’t allowed right now, the staff at the Hot Rod decided to move some of its tables next to the bar.
Adapting a Business
While it definitely seems unfair for the Governor to target only businesses he can really control and pinpoint them as the source of reported spikes in coronavirus infections across Pennsylvania, it does no good to stomp your feet about it.
Instead, the businesses that survive the pandemic will be the ones that quickly adapt to the ever-changing rules.
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