Some Decatur restaurants will close kitchens early due to water pressure issues

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 24, 2015
Photo obtained via Square Pub Facebook page.

Photo obtained via Square Pub Facebook page.

Decatur restaurants are announcing that they’ll close early or not serve food at all on Friday evening, July 24, citing work by DeKalb County to fix a broken water main.

Crews working for DeKalb County are fixing a water main break that occurred at Henderson Mill and Evans roads. The break occurred Thursday evening, July 23, and pressure dropped throughout DeKalb. Pressure has been spotty Friday afternoon. The county said pressure would drop again at midnight.

“At that time, crews will insert a new valve in the fire line to stop the leak, and an interruption in water pressure will occur,” the statement from the county says. “The 48-inch transmission main is approximately 20 feet underground in an area with gas, power and other utilities present. These obstacles require substantial coordination and care.”

Thinking Man Tavern reported that its kitchen would close at 11 p.m. The Square Pub decided to close its kitchen for the evening. When one customer told the company on its Facebook page that water pressure had been restored, representatives of the Pub replied, “It’s back, but we don’t want to take any chances.”

Kimball House will shut down at 11 p.m.

“Like a damn desert out here in Decatur,” the restaurant said on its Instagram page. “We will be closing at 11 p.m. tonight because of water issues.”

Like a damn desert out here in Decatur. We will be closing at 11 pm tonight because of water issues.

A video posted by Kimball House (@kimballhouse) on

Know of any other restaurants that are shutting their kitchens down early or closing them for the evening? Tell us at or post the information in our comments section.

In related news, the city of Decatur is still monitoring the situation to make sure there will be plenty of water for the July 25 Slide the City event. There are about 3,600 ticket holders for the Slide the City event, which will transform W. Ponce de Leon Avenue into a 1,000 foot water slide.

The Slide the City event is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.

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