Downtown restaurant closes doors

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A restaurant that opened in downtown Mount Olive a few months ago has already closed its doors and it’s closure has caused a stir.

Empy’s Seafood Restaurant shut its doors several weeks ago due to some internal issues and its operators have not responded to a Tribune inquiry.

Town Manager Charles Brown said he is disappointed.

The town has had ongoing efforts underway to attract new business, particularly to the downtown area.

“We hate to lose any business in Mount Olive, but the restaurant business is notorious as a difficult business to be in because of the hours involved and the capital investment required,” said the town manager. “We are sorry to lose anything downtown, and certainly encourage the property owner to continue efforts to fill that space.”

He said he has high hopes that a viable tenant can be found whether it is a restaurant or whatever else.

He said the town will do anything it can to help the property owner further the effort.

Brown said he feels there is no question in his mind that there is still a need for another restaurant in the downtown district.

“Even the restaurant already in the downtown area will tell you there is a need for another eating establishment. The more restaurants in the downtown area the better everyone is going to be,” Brown said.

He did tell the Tribune he has no idea why the restaurant closed.

“The times I ate there the food was good and the service was good. I have no idea what the internal issues were. I would still like to compliment the efforts of the property owner to bring something here and add to the downtown area,” Brown said.

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