Sinking ground under Emporio in Pine forces closure
Monday, December 30, 2019 | 12:01 AM
A gourmet meatball restaurant in Pine was closed Monday after officials discovered the ground beneath the building was sinking.
“We just decided to close it immediately, temporarily, until we can figure out what’s going on,” Blackwell said. “We have an engineering company out there looking at it, some experts taking a look at it. “
“We figured we better close this for safety reasons until we can get some sort of dialogue with the landlord,” Blackwell said.
Blackwell said the restaurant itself isn’t sinking, but that it appears the “engineered fill that is beneath the building has settled.
“From Route 19 up to where this is, they put in a bunch of dirt. It’s all fill; it’s not virgin soil. When you put it in, you have to compact it to a proper density. That doesn’t appear that it was done, but we don’t know that for certain,” Blackwell said.
“The floor could collapse inside the building where our space is. I can’t speak for any other space. What if there’s a gas line tied to it and it falls? You could have an explosion. I don’t know. Any horrible thing could happen.”
Blackwell couldn’t say when the restaurant will reopen.
“We got to talk to the landlord and see how quickly they can get in there and get it fixed,” he said.