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Restaurant reopens after e-coli scare

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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

August 2, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A Colquitt County restaurant that closed it's doors a month ago because of an e-coli contamination is now back open for business.

The Barbeque Pit in Moultrie voluntarily closed after health officials pinpointed the restaurant as the source of an e-coli outbreak.

It's the first day of business for the Barbeque Pit in four weeks, and all day Saturday they've seen a steady pace of customers.

"When I found out what day they were open I called eleven or twelve people, just to make sure they saw it even if they didn't get the news paper," said Ernie Feille, customer.

After several people were sickened because of e-coli Health Officials found a common link, they all ate at The Barbeque Pit.

"The health department when they did come, we decided to voluntarily shut down because we are concerned about our customers safety and we didn't want any body else to get sick," said Nina Hall, The Barbeque Pit.

Owners say the restaurant will no longer grind their own meat, at risk associated with possibly receiving bad meat.

Customers can be sure everything in the back of the house is in tip top shape.

"Everything is brand new, everything it out clean, it's like a new kitchen it's nice," said Hill.

After a clean-up customers are returning in droves for the food they've become use to for the past 26 years.

"The health department did what they had to do by law, it's a shame it has to take so long but it went through the process," said Feille.

Those who have eaten here for years said they know the food is safe, and this could have happened anywhere.

"These people fell victim, they've done what they had to do and I just hope the community comes back as strong as they were," said Feille.

"It's taken a load off it's been a long process, good but painful you know, but good," said Hill.

After that long process, from the looks of this on Saturday things are getting back to normal.

"Like we've said in the past we just appreciated the support, and we continue to pray for those that are still not feeling well," said Hill.

The Barbeque Pit got e-coli tainted meat from a supplier in Nebraska.

Several of the victims are still sick.

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