FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — A popular sports bar on the southwest side of Fort Wayne says it will reopen its doors to the public days after being shut down by the local health department for several violations of Indiana's COVID-19 safety guidelines for businesses.
"Following extensive conversations, meetings, negotiations, and having fully cooperated with the Allen County Department of Health, Mitchell’s Sports and Neighborhood Grill is set to reopen on Friday, December 4, 2020," a lawyer for Mitchell's Randy Fisher said in a release.
He believes that the 14 complaints made against Mitchell’s "were in fact falsely made, either to purposefully disparage and/or harass and embarrass Mitchell’s, their Owner, and members of their staff."
Mitchell’s has a seating capacity for 435 guests.
“We look forward to reopening today not only to serve and entertain our loyal customers, but also to provide employment and income for our staff and their families during heading into the Christmas season,” said owner Todd Smith.
Mitchell’s is asking its patrons to adhere to wearing face masks inside their building when not eating and/or drinking and maintain social distancing requirements will be marked throughout the facility.
Mitchell’s has a seating capacity for 435 guests inside its 15,000 square feet facility as well as an outdoor patio area.