The last booth closed before Thanksgiving
A phone booth at a Maryland restaurant has been boarded up for several months and will not reopen until Thanksgiving.
The owner, Steve Gannaway, says it’s a result of a “staggering” number of calls, and the restaurant has had a hard time keeping up with demand.
Gannownay says the company plans to reopen in January.
“It was a great place, we were in the middle of the food chain,” Gannover said.
“The customers loved it.
And they were paying a lot of money to eat here.”
Ganneway says he is also concerned about a recent rash of foodborne illness outbreaks in the U.S. that resulted in more than 20 deaths.
He says he knows many of his customers and his staff are very concerned about their safety.
The restaurant, which has been in business since 2004, was shuttered in February, after an investigation by the state Department of Health found it had not followed the best practices for food safety.
A few months later, the state of Maryland closed the restaurant and barred Gannoway from renewing his permit.
A new location was approved in October, but he has yet to secure a new lease.
Ganneways restaurant, The Baking Company, opened in 2009, and he says he opened it after a family member died in an eating-related accident.
For now, the family is paying rent for the two-story brick building in the Woodstock neighborhood of the city.
This is not the first time Gannways has closed a restaurant.
Last year, he closed a location in Maryland after a series of illnesses hit the state, including a death and a serious illness.