The grill was jammed with hot dogs and the dining room at Sara’s was packed with people.
It could have been any summer day at the well-known eatery, located near the entrance to Presque Isle State Park.
Except the patrons wore winter coats, the temperature hovered in the mid-30s and a stiff wind was blowing off Lake Erie.
But none of that seemed to matter.
It was opening day at Sara’s and customers who had been away for six months weren’t going to wait a day longer.
They lined up for hot dogs, hamburgers, fries and onion rings.
A couple people could even be seen tying into the first vanilla-orange twist cones of the year.
Owner Sean Candela said patrons were there when the doors opened at 10:30 a.m. An hour later, a line of drive-through customers stretched across the parking lot.
Candela didn’t expect the first-day rush to end anytime soon.
“We have a group of 40 people coming at 6,” he said.
Sara’s is scheduled to be open through the end of September, but lots of people apparently couldn’t wait for that first day of summer.
One woman, accompanied by her children, seemed to determined to enjoy her meal at a picnic table.
But then the cold air hit her as she stepped outside the restaurant, tray in hand.
“I think we’ll be eating this picnic in the car,” she said.