November 26, 2014


UPDATED: Bar patron in Elyria reported to have TB

Workers put up a new sign display at Boomers Bar on Broad Street. A regular patron at the establishment reportedly was diagnosed with tuberculosis, and anyone who frequents the bar is encouraged to be tested for TB. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Workers put up a new sign display at Boomers Bar on Broad Street. A regular patron at the establishment reportedly was diagnosed with tuberculosis, and anyone who frequents the bar is encouraged to be tested for TB. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — A resident and frequent downtown Elyria bar patron has been diagnosed with tuberculosis, prompting an investigation by the Mercy Tuberculosis Clinic.

According to the clinic, the patient was a frequent visitor of Boomers Bar, 305 Broad St., and Pudge’s Place, at 311 Broad St. The clinic sent out a press release Tuesday asking customers who have visited the bars between Dec. 1 and April 9 to be tested.

Free testing was conducted onsite at both bars Tuesday.

Tuberculosis, also called TB, is a rare-but-serious disease which affects the lungs. It is spread through the air by close prolonged contact when a person coughs, speaks, laughs or sings. It is not transmitted through casual contact or contact with surfaces, according to the news release from Mercy.

Almost all cases of TB are curable. However, a person with TB can die if not treated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The person who was diagnosed with TB is under care at Mercy TB Clinic and expected to make a full recovery.

Dennis Provenza, owner of Boomers, said he is cooperating with the Mercy TB Clinic. Staff at the clinic set up a table at the bar Tuesday afternoon and completed tests on employees and patrons.

Provenza, who has owned Boomers for 23 years, said the situation is concerning as many of his employees likely had contact with the man. He said it is also concerning that Mercy singled out Boomers Bar and Pudge’s Place, which he fears will face negative publicity as a result.

“I don’t know many were exposed. He does go to other bars,” he said.

LeAnn Hastings, spokeswoman for Mercy, said the bars were identified by the patient during an interview. She had no information on how many people may have visited the bars during that time.

Provenza said Boomers Bar experienced a similar problem 10 to 12 years ago during which a woman with TB visited the bar, among others in the area. Otherwise, the bar has had no other problems and complies with all health regulations, he said.

The owner of Pudge’s Place was not available Tuesday.

Regular customers of Boomers Bar and Pudge’s Place who were not tested Tuesday can still do so, according to Mercy.

Free testing will be conducted at the Mercy TB Clinic, 1800 Livingston Ave., Building B, Suite 318, in Lorain. Tests will be administered fr 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, and they will be read 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. Tests will be provided at no cost.

Individuals with medical conditions that weaken the immune system are advised to get tested.

According to the clinic, the skin test is painless. The two-part process first is administered to the arm. Two days later, a nurse examines the arm to see how the individual has responded to the skin test.

Anyone being tested must be present both days.

For more information, call the Mercy TB Clinic at (440) 244-3017.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.



  • Phil Blank

    They tested atthe bar, today?
    I’ll bet they missed all the afternoon drinkers then, they should have waited and tested later.

    Plus the test results won’t be known until 3 days after the scratch test.

    • Peggy Simonds Massey

      It’s a blood test, not a scratch test, when one has been diagnosed with an active case.

      • Phil Blank

        No blood involved. See below.

  • Tex Taft

    WHY the hell NOT mention his name? I am sure he has been in contact with -people that don’t go to bars.

    • unclewicked

      Joe Sappy

  • GreatRedeemer

    Another reason not to go downtown.

  • open your eyes

    kind of scary, that the manager of boomers is also the manager of Kaplan’s furniture in Elyria

    • luvmytoaster

      Not that I’m doubting you but how do you know this – did I miss it in the article?

      • open your eyes

        do your research and you will find that out too, Elyria isn’t a big town everyone knows everyone.

    • FoodForThought63

      What is so scary about that?

  • SniperFire

    Come visit the new open air farmers market!

    • Simon Jester


  • unclewicked

    Nothing to worry about, as long as you drink tap water from Lake Erie.

    It has magical healing powers.

  • bigmacky

    its under the skin and causes a “wheal” then its checked in a couple of days – but I see yet another business closing shortly

    • luvmytoaster

      That would be a shame – how many bars can Elyria lose and still remain viable?

  • Guest

    How is Mercy “singling out” boomers and Pudge’s ? according to the article that’s where the patient said he went…….they can’t just go around randomly testing people at all kinds of bars……

    • golfingirl

      While they are at it, might as well check for “other” diseases.

      I am sure they would find a few undesirable strains.

      Does E. Coli stand for “Elyria Coli?”

      • Mark B