A Harrisburg restaurant is temporarily closed after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.
The Millworks at 340 Verbeke St. will remain closed out of an abundance of caution so additional employees can be tested for the virus, said Josh Kesler, owner.
In addition, Kesler said he has delayed the opening of The Watershed Pub in Camp Hill to at least next week. The tasting room was scheduled to open this week at 2129 Market St.
“It’s just better to take a little pause and make sure everyone is healthy,” Kesler said.
The Millworks notified customers July 12 on social media that the employee had tested positive. Kesler said the person had last worked at the restaurant on July 8-9 and did not exhibit any symptoms.
“The staff member has informed us of a positive test result. We do want to assure all guests that our staff has followed the guidelines and has worn face masks throughout their shifts for your safety. We will continue to make sure any questions are answered to the best of our ability,” read the Facebook post.
The Millworks emphasized it is following recommendations by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and the CDC as far as testing and sanitation. When the restaurant does reopen, Kesler said it’s likely to be for outdoor seating only with a limited menu.
Because the Millworks relies on fresh ingredients and nothing frozen, Kesler said closing down comes at a cost. However, he said employees are his No. 1 concern.
“It’s tough to not be able to give your employees certainty over their near future, but I’m really confident we are well positioned for the longterm. We’ll all eventually get through this virus together, and after that we’ll all be as robust as ever,” Kesler said.
The Millworks is not the only local restaurant to close due to COVID-19.
Last week the Sierra Madre Saloon at 4035 Market St. in Hampden Township temporarily closed after an employee who worked in the kitchen tested positive, said Bill Kokos, owner.
Meanwhile, the Brewhouse Grille in Lower Allen Township announced a temporary closure until July 6 after one if its employees tested positive. Fiddler’s Bar & Grill in South Middleton Township announced it will stay closed until July 12 following a positive test of one of its employees.
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