Old Jailhouse opened in February. I reviewed it, favorably, here in April. And then, in May, its owner Anthony Sirica was arrested and charged with attempted sexual battery and indecent exposure. The allegations and resulting news stories had an immediate and negative effect on the restaurant’s business.
Still, Old Jailhouse has remained open and has earned further accolades, including being voted Best New and Best Overall in our 2019 Foodster Awards for Independent Restaurants.
The announcement of the awards caused a resurfacing of the owner’s legal woes. Some readers questioned whether the Sanford restaurant should even have been nominated let alone “allowed” to win. (Foodster Awards are voted on by the readers.)
It made me wonder about the status of the charges and whether there has been any resolution. So I contacted Sirica’s lawyer, Longwood attorney David Webster, who spoke to me by phone Monday.