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Raleigh Ordinance Forces Wake Forest Restaurants To Close

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WAKE FOREST, N.C. — The cost to comply with a Raleigh ordinance is being blamed for putting some small restaurants in Wake Forest out of business.

Since the city of Raleigh took over the water and sewer system in Wake Forest last year, inspectors have been enforcing the ordinance, which requires all food-preparation businesses in the city's jurisdiction to have grease traps.

Grease traps collect grease that would normally go down a sink's drain. City officials say the traps are vital in helping to prevent sewage spills, because grease can harden and clog up the sewage system.

Two downtown Wake Forest restaurants -- The Corner Ice Cream Shop and Burkenstock's -- reportedly closed instead of installing the traps.

"I hate to see it happen. It is a significant thing, but at the same time, these businesses have to comply with these regulations," Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones said.

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