AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Austintown pub Barry Dyngles will be delaying its “Queen of Hearts” drawing for Wednesday, Sept. 23, until a later date, according to a statement from the restaurant’s owners sent Monday.
The statement reads:
“With all of the enthusiasm surrounding Queen of Hearts, our staff will be utilizing the next several days to meet with consultants in an effort to develop the best possible experience for our loyal customers for the coming weeks. With that said, the Wednesday, September 23rd drawing will be rescheduled to a future date with an exciting announcement to follow at week’s end!
“The only thing I can really tell you is we’re not having a drawing this Wednesday,” says Doug Duganne with Barry Dyngles. “We are postponing it, we are scouting new locations, we’re trying to keep in in the area, we’re trying to find a better fit that we can have this many people. And we don’t know, we don’t have an answer yet, as soon as we have an answer, we will let everybody know.”
The management of Dyngles plans to keep the drawing somewhere in Austintown that can accommodate both alcohol and food. It also hasn’t ruled out having it again at the restaurant on Raccoon Road.
According to Austintown Trustee Jim Davis, there is no governing body telling Barry Dyngles when it has to hold the drawing. The delay is in the interest of public safety, according to Davis, and tickets can be sold up to the point of the drawing.
“This is something where there is no per se oversight from Columbus,” says Davis. “They don’t have rules to regulate this in certain instances that they of course don’t want to change the rules they already have in place for a one time instance such as this.”
The drawing may be held the following Wednesday, Sept. 30, but Barry Dyngles managers are looking to find a safer location, or may split the drawing up among several locations, Davis said.
Reaction from ticket buyers who still lined up outside the restaurant Monday evening? Most like Don Bowles of East Palestine are taking it in stride. “They might be just a little overwhelmed and they’re just trying to address the fact that it’s gotten so big and trying to do it in a way that it won’t cause any problems or affect traffic or do anything like this. I think they’re handling it pretty well actually.”
But one ticket buyer tells WKBN he wants the in-person rule changed. He purchased a ticket, assuming the drawing was this Wednesday. But he’ll out of town on the 30th.