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Raleigh Fast Food Restaurant Ordered to Close

Posted December 30, 1996 12:00 a.m. EST

— A Raleigh restaurant planned to open Monday morning despite sewage backed up on the floor, but a health inspector had other ideas. The inspector ordered Church's Chicken on New Bern Avenue to close until a septic line can be fixed and the restaurant cleaned.

Inspector Ed Jackson of the Wake County Health Department told WRAL TV5's Investigative Reporter orReal Audiofile.

The plumbing problems inside provided a big surprise to patrons waiting outside the restaurant.

By mid-morning Monday the manager had posted a sign and was turning patrons away. He told Watson that he had not planned to open.

The health inspector said the Church's was open until he told them to shut down. He said he thought the restaurant should have closed immediately.

Jackson said the restaurant will not be allowed to reopen until the clogged septic line is repaired and the floor has been cleaned with a chlorine solution. Then he must reinspect the restaurant.