Ohio Barbecue Joint Names Gov. Tom Wolf ‘Employee of the Month’ for Bringing So Much Business to the Lakefront Eatery
There is so much data about the sheer amount of business and income lost caused by Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine’s unwarranted panic lockdown of Pennsylvania.
The toll of both actual loss and opportunity costs runs to the billions at this point, and one could spend days posting all the data, spreadsheets and stories.
But sometimes all it takes is a little sarcasm and snark to the get the point across.
An Ohio barbecue joint just across the border from Erie named Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf its employee of the month for bringing so much business to the lakefront eatery over the past weeks.
The Facebook post from Breakwall BBQ owner Mike Morgan is a wink and a nod to Pennsylvania’s slow, gradual reopening process — a process that has nearby Erie County still in the yellow phase, which prohibits restaurants from offering dine-in services.
Ohio restaurants have been open for full-but-socially-distant business since last month.
“Also want to give a shout-out to our employee of the month, Pennsylvania’s very own Governor Wolf,” Morgan wrote in a June 14 Facebook post. “You the man, sir!”
The Conneaut restaurant is about 2 miles as the crow flies from the state line.
“We’ve broken all kinds of sales records, and we know that big chunk of it is that Pennsylvania is shut down,” he said.
Here’s a Facebook Live report from Eerie News Now.
By May 28, Morgan had to change the restaurant’s hours because of the booming business they were doing, according to their Facebook page.
“I never thought I’d say this, but we just can’t handle the volume. We’re running out of food almost nightly. Our customer service is taking a hit and that keeps us up at night,” he wrote. “Not used to seeing unhappy customers that’s for sure. I believe once Pennsylvania opens up their restaurants a lot of the pressure will be relieved and we can go back to business as usual.”
Morgan said he feels for Pennsylvania businesses that continue losing money as restrictions remain in place,.
“We’re making a killing, and we’re grateful for it,” he said. “I wish they could too. People are ready to get out of their houses.”