A customer drove his car through an exterior set of stairs and into the outside wall of Abington Ale House on Saturday.
ABINGTON – A popular local watering hole and dining destination in Abington remains open for business after a “crazy” crash interrupted the dinnertime rush on Saturday, according to one of the owners.
Abington Ale House was bustling with customers on Saturday at 6 p.m., on the last night of the year for the Barrett’s Haunted Mansion haunted house at the site, when everyone in the restaurant was given a fright of their own as a car slammed through an exterior stairwell and crashed into the side of the building.
“It was the very last night of the haunted house season, and it was it was extremely busy,” said Mike Costa, operating manager and partner behind the business, who was in the kitchen expediting orders when he heard the crash. “It was a pretty loud bang inside. I come out and people were getting out their chairs looking out the window. … I calmed a few customers down. There were tables and booths right on that wall where it hit.”
Nobody was hurt as a result of the crash, Costa said.
The car operated by a customer, with his wife as a passenger, crashed through an exterior set of stairs and into the outside wall of Abington Ale House on Saturday, Costa said. The driver claims the car malfunctioned, he said.
“They were pulling into a parking spot. The customer said his car malfunctioned and just lurched forward, jumped the parking barrier and the curb and took out the stairs,” Costa said.
Mary Barrett, Costa’s partner co-owning Abington Ale House, was stranded in the corporate office on the second floor as a result of the crash. The exterior set of stairs that led up to that office was destroyed. The Fire Department had to use a ladder truck to get her down, Costa said.
“My partner Mary Barrett was upstairs doing paperwork,” Costa said. “There was no way for her to get down. … It was crazy.”
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The business was able to remain open throughout the weekend, after the town building inspector checked everything out, Costa said. However, the stairs will need to be replaced and the wall will need repairs, Costa said.
“The walled is bowed in a little bit, but they deemed it safe,” he said. “It moved the wall maybe an inch. … Thankfully, no one got hurt and the restaurant was able to stay open. Thankfully, it didn’t come through the wall.”
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