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Weather freezes out fish shop

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

The Henry County Health Department had to temporarily close the New Castle Long John Silver’s Sunday after arctic weather froze the restaurant’s water lines over the weekend.

“It was frozen pipes, bad weather. That’s it,” a Long John Silver’s employee named Steven said Monday morning.

The health department received a complaint Sunday about the lack of water.

Director of Environmental Public Health Shalei Rogers found that LJS had no water from the faucets or at the toilets. That is a critical violation of the Indiana State Health Department’s Retail Food Establishment Sanitation Requirements.

The Henry County Health Department ordered Long John Silver’s closed until the business could fix the water problem.

The health department was scheduled to re-inspect Long John Silver’s at 2:30 p.m. Monday and did not expect any problems reopening the facility.

As of press time, Long John Silver’s was still closed to the public.

The Henry County Health Department also released the retail inspection reports Monday for Little Blessings and Paula’s Catering.

Little Blessings was closed for the 2017 season during a routine inspection Dec. 21.

Paula’s Catering had no violations during a routine inspection Dec. 21.

For more information on local restaurant inspection reports, visit the health department at 1201 Race St., Suite 208, New Castle, or call 765-521-7056.

To view an online copy of the Indiana Retail Food Establishment Sanitation Requirements, visit www.henryco.net/HealthDept EnviroPublic.aspx.