Police: Norwalk restaurant owner cited for allowing patrons to drink at bar during coronavirus crisis – Thehour.com

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NORWALK — A Main Street restaurant owner has been accused of allowing patrons to drink at the bar, violating a governor’s executive order prohibiting eateries from serving customers on the premises during the coronavirus public health emergency.

Donald Mastronardi, 43, of New Canaan, was issued a misdemeanor summons last week after police say they received complaints that he was serving customers at Dry Dock Bar & Grille.

In March, Gov. Ned Lamont ordered all restaurants and bars to close and limited their service to takeout as the COVID-19 pandemic hit Connecticut. The Dry Dock Bar & Grille lists on its website that the establishment is open from 5 to 9 p.m. for takeout or delivery.

However, Norwalk Police Lt. Jared Zwickler said officers found one patron drinking at the bar when they arrived to investigate the complaints at Dry Dock. The bartender and Mastronardi told officers they had been allowing people to drink at the bar, despite the executive order.

Mastronardi was issued a misdemeanor summons for violation of a public health emergency, police said.

Zwickler said it was the first summons the city has issued for violating the public health emergency. Mastronardi is required to appear in court on June 17 to address the summons.

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