The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

April 24, 2013

Building problems force Subway restaurant to close


GEORGETOWN — A collapsing building has shut down a downtown restaurant in one Vermilion County city.

The fire department was called in last week to inspect the vacant structure next door to the Subway Restaurant at 105 N. Main St. in Georgetown.

City Alderman Darin Readnour said the vacant structure on the east side shares a wall with the Subway restaurant. The fire department was called in on Thursday to check the structure and determined the roof and second floor had collapsed.

The collapse compromised the structure of the entire building, including the restaurant. The restaurant owner — who is located in Bloomington — was “very cooperative with it” and decided to close the restaurant to avoid any injuries, Readnour said.

He added the owner was waiting on word from his insurance provider before deciding what to do with the restaurant.

Georgetown officials met at a city property committee Wednesday night to discuss the issue. Several options are being considered.

Readnour said the city would like to have the building torn down as soon as possible, although no time frame has been set. He added the Subway owner has already said he wants to remain in Georgetown.