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Lebanon County eatery will have license reinstated Friday, vows to continue fighting state mandates

Taste of Sicily has been fined a total of $10,000 by the state for allowing indoor dining before Lebanon County was moved into the Green Phase of PA's reopening plan
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PALMYRA, Pa. — A Palmyra restaurant fined a total of $10,000 by the state for allowing indoor dining while Lebanon County was not in the Green Phase of Pennsylvania's reopening plan will have its business license reinstated, according to a post on its Facebook page.

Taste of Sicily posted a photo of a letter from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services informing the eatery that the temporary ban of its food retail license will be reinstated Friday, when Lebanon County becomes the last county in Pennsylvania to move into the Green Phase. 

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture confirms that the restaurants license will be reinstated on when Lebanon County enters the green phase. 

The news comes days after the restaurant was cited and fined $4,000 by the state for allowing indoor dining while Lebanon County remained in the Yellow Phase.

In a video posted to Facebook by the owners on Tuesday, two inspectors from the Department of Agriculture delivered the citation. 

The restaurant later posted a photo of the citation.

Taste of Sicily had its license temporarily suspended in May, after state inspectors witnessed indoor dining at the facility. The restaurant had announced its intention to open its dining room, gaining statewide notoriety.

According to the Department of Agriculture, inspectors returned to the restaurant multiple times and issued civil penalties, totaling $10,000. 

  • June 9 it recieved a $1,000 civil penalty 
  • June 16 it recieved a $2,000 civil penalty
  • June 24 it recieved a $3,000 civil penalty 
  • June 30 it recieved a $4,000 civil penalty 

Even though Taste of Sicily's license will be restored, the Department of Agriculture says the civil penalties are still owed. 

The restaurant has said it will fight the fines in Commonwealth Court.

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