MONTCLAIR, NJ - After receiving a complaint of noise, Montclair Police were called to Cuban Pete's on Sunday, August 23, to investigate. Around 8PM, responding officers noticed that three indoor tables were occupied with nearly 15 guests and subsequently cited the owner for another Executive Order violation.
Cuban Pete’s has now been hit with a second executive order violation, in less than a month, for allowing the indoor dining on the premises, according to police officials.
This is the restaurant’s second violation in less than a month of Executive Orders 150 and 158, which indicate that restaurants and bars can not offer indoor dining due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
In the first cited violation, on Friday, Aug. 7, Police and Montclair Health Department officials were called to the restaurant after receiving a tip that indoor dining was taking place at the eatery.
Upon arrival, police noted several outdoor tables occupied with guests, but not spaced for social distancing and also groups of diners eating indoors. In that incident, owner Dominick Restaino expressed that the patrons seated themselves inside when it began to suddenly rain.
The Aug. 7 violation was also cited by State Police Superintendent Colonel Patrick Callahan during Governor Murphy's COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Aug. 10.
Cuban Pete's staff could not be reached for comment at the time of publication.