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Darryl's Set To Reopen in Raleigh on Monday

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RALEIGH — Darryl's Restaurant is a landmark in downtown Raleigh, so when it wasclosed by the Health Department last year, a lot of people were surprised.But after undergoing almost $750,000 in renovations, the populareatery is about to reopen.

The difference is notable to anyone who walks through the doors -- alighter and brighter look with newpaint, new floors, even newglasses.But the changes are more than cosmetic.

"All the equipment isbrand new," says Alan Gaylin, corporate vice president.

New is definitely the operative word behind the majorrenovation of the oldest Darryl's Restaurant inthe chain.From the kitchen to the dining room to thebar area, the 31-year-old restaurant has new drain lines, newplumbing, brand newequipment from the ground up.

In addition, the restaurant has a shiny, clean feelthat is dramaticallydifferent from the Darryl's WRAL toured afterWake County health inspectors closed itlast October.

At that time, the restaurant scored a 63 onits sanitationgrade, well below the 70 or "C" grade needed tostay open.Among the violations: dangerous foodtemperatures, the dishwasher notsanitizing, and bugs breeding in a stove.

Seven months later, the peoplebehind the scenes know it could be an uphill battle tobring business back.

"You learn some lessons,you raise yourstandards, you train harder. You do a betterjob at some of the things we didn't do," says Gaylin.

Gaylin says that iswhy along withoverhauling thebuilding, the company brought in new management andstaff, all trained under a rigorous new program.

"To the people out there I say, 'Come look at what we've done, and theproof willbe there,'" Gaylin says.

The restaurant has its operating permitbut will not receivea sanitation grade for a couple of weeks.Gaylin is not is concerned about it.

"I guarantee you we'll have an 'A,'" Gaylin says.

Darryl's reopens Monday at 4 p.m.