JACKSON TWP — Those having lunch Friday afternoon at the Jackson Fish Co. were startled when a vehicle from the parking lot ended up partially inside the restaurant.
The accident caused extensive damage to the restaurant’s facade and tossed some tables around during the height of lunchtime at 12:35 p.m.
Luckily, no one was injured as about 18 people were having lunch when the accident happened, said co-owner Paul Tebbets.
The Jackson Fish Co. is in the Creekside Commons plaza on Route 19 just outside Zelienople. The restaurant is a fast, casual eatery and seafood market.
Tebbets said a driver was pulling into a parking space in front of the restaurant. Because it was wet from rain, the man’s foot slipped off the brake and onto the accelerator, causing the vehicle to hit the building.
The driver, an 85-year-old man who was not identified by township police, was not injured and will not be charged, according to a statement by township police Friday afternoon.
The accident damaged the front of the building, breaking one of the three panes of glass, damaging the brick facade and tossing some tables and chairs near the window.
Contractors from Kress Brothers Builders of Gibsonia came to board up the damaged window.
Tebbets said the restoration work on the facade would be completed this week. The restaurant reopened Saturday,.
This is the second time this year the restaurant was closed due to an emergency situation. In June, it had a fire that caused $20,000 in damage and closed it for two days.