Newswatch 16’s Rose Itzcovitz visited the Mount Pocono location to find out why visitors say it was worth the wait.
MOUNT POCONO, PA – It was a slow climb to get Pocono Rocks! reopened after a car slammed into a parked one, and the two crashed into the building in May.
“I say, ‘No, we’ll be open in July, we’ll be open in August, we’ll be open in December,'” said Jodi Bohdal, chef and owner of Pocono Rocks! at Mount Pocono.
Bohdal says that while she could tell it looked bad, the damage was worse than she originally thought.
“All the glass flew, the stone wall flew, the tables were crushed.”
And she says the repairs took much longer than she expected.
“Of course we’re in this COVID life right now, so everything is out of stock, everything is waiting,” she said. “It probably took at least five months to get windows here. It’s a special building; everything has to be specially ordered, the frame.”
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But finally, seven months later, the brand new doors of the Mount Pocono restaurant are open again.
And the parents were eager to bring their little ones back.
“It’s so fantastic, isn’t it? We love coming to play here,” said Chris Jerlinski of Tannersville, while holding his 2-year-old daughter.
“We’re so happy because we’ve waited a long time to reopen, seven months I think. But it’s happy, happy, happy to be here,” said Carolina Collao, visiting with her one-year-old daughter.
The owners say that even though everything is finished and ready to go inside, they are still waiting for a few things outside, like the lamppost that was turned off.
Bohdal says their insurance handled most of the issues. And as the company finally resumes service, the entire summer season has been lost.
“We’re alive, we’ve eaten, we’ve been paid, we’ve had time off, so I’m not going to complain about that, but no, we definitely haven’t banked what we would normally earn in the event crowded. , a rainy summer to boot,” Bohdal said.
Bohdal says it was frustrating at the time, but she calls it an act of God.
“If you want honesty, I needed to be fixed. I had some minor medical issues going on, and my infinite wisdom of a 14-year-old son, he said, ‘Well, mum, what ‘Were you gonna do, just wait until you drop in the kitchen?'”
She also used the time she had to become chairwoman of the Borough of Mount Pocono Safety Commission, hoping to make the streets safer.