January 18, 2021

Harry’s Place Reopens, Motorcycle Ban Lifted

Update: Motorcycles are now being allowed at Harry’s Place again.

Roughly two hours after announcing its reopening with a strict new policy that banned motorcycles, Harry’s Place is once again welcoming riders.

“Harry’s Place contacted the town for clarification and realized there was a misunderstanding regarding motorcycle customers,” the burger stand said in a Facebook explanation posted shortly after 4 p.m. today.

“The town agreed that we are absolutely able to serve you, however the rules for serving you apply as they do to cars.”

Riders are required to stay with their motorcycles and phone in their orders. Six-foot social distancing should be maintained and food will be delivered.

“Please accept our apology for the confusion regarding this policy,” the statement added.

The original story appears below:

COLCHESTER, CT – Harry’s Place has reopened but with stringent new guidelines that include a ban on motorcycles.

The popular burger and hot dog stand was closed by the town more than a week ago for failing to enforce social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement headlined “NOT BUSINESS AS USUAL” and posted on Facebook this afternoon, general manager John Garet reported that Harry’s Place will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on a cash-only basis.

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However, orders will only be processed by phone and customers must stay in their cars. Motorcycles and bicycles are prohibited as is walk-up traffic. Eating outside is also banned.

Additionally, parking will be limited and there will be security personnel to assist. Customers are being asked to leave once their order is delivered.

The new guidelines are designed “to keep valued customers and employees safe.”

Harry’s Place has been closed since April 8 after the town became aware that employees were not wearing masks, were too close to customers while taking orders, and were not properly distanced while working in the kitchen.

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  1. Thanks for the alert. Will update the story immediately.

  2. They motorcycle ban was lifted as there was a misunderstanding about the town ordinance. Bikers are welcome!!!!

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