joesThe owners of Jo’s Nautical Bar sought this week to change the days of operation on a temporary basis and secured the Select Board’s approval of their request.
Currently, according to state guidance, alcoholic beverages can be served only for on-site consumption if accompanied by food prepared on site, and Jo’s does not have a license to serve food.
According to new COVID-19 guidelines announced recently by Gov. Charlie Baker and effective May 29, the requirement that food be served with alcohol will no longer apply so long as public health data on the pandemic continue to improve.
Joe’s regular hours will now be Thursday through Sunday, rather than Monday through Sunday, “due to COVID-19 [restrictions],” the application submitted by co-owner Stephanie Aprea states.
No other information was provided, and neither Aprea nor co-owner Mike McDevitt were on the call during Wednesday’s remote Select Board meeting.
The board added Monday holidays to the days of operation to give the owners the option to open on those days if they so choose.
Last January, Aprea told The Hull Times that the bar was temporarily closed due to coronavirus-related restrictions, with the hopes of reopening as soon as they were lifted.
The bar’s walls are covered with decades-worth of memorabilia that tell stories of years gone by – one reason locals and out-of-town visitors are such big fans of Jo’s, with its friendly atmosphere.