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Bob Evans remains closed after structural damage

The Bob Evans near Interstate 4 in Seffner has been closed since June 9, when workers discovered giant cracks in the walls, ceiling and floor. Geotechnical engineers conducted tests both inside and outside the restaurant but the findings are not yet known.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue

The Bob Evans near Interstate 4 in Seffner has been closed since June 9, when workers discovered giant cracks in the walls, ceiling and floor. Geotechnical engineers conducted tests both inside and outside the restaurant but the findings are not yet known.

SEFFNER — Nearly two weeks after a Seffner Bob Evans near Interstate 4 closed due to structural damage, officials are still waiting on analysis from engineers to determine the cause.

Geotechnical engineers ran tests inside and outside the restaurant, searching for what caused giant cracks to appear in the walls, ceiling and floor.

In the meantime, the restaurant's 35 employees have been transferred to other nearby locations, Bob Evans spokeswoman Margaret Standing said.

Employees getting ready to open the restaurant on June 9 found large cracks throughout the building that could be caused by a sinkhole. The restaurant, at 11720 Gateway Blvd., had no customers inside when the discovery was made.

The cracks were visible inside and outside. Inside, the cracks ran along several walls, the floor and ceiling, but Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, which responded to the scene, said there is no active hole or opening.

The employees were evacuated and no injuries were reported. The restaurant will remain closed while the chain awaits the technicians' results and can determine the next step.

Times staff writer

Bob Evans remains closed after structural damage 06/20/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 4:05pm]
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