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FORSYTH — The O’Charley’s restaurant in Forsyth will be closing its doors on Jan. 13, the company confirmed Monday. 

In the statement, the Nashville-based restaurant chain said it was helping its employees move to other stores or new jobs. It did not say how many employees were affected or give a reason for the closure. The Herald & Review has asked for that information. 

“We are also grateful to our team members who so capably served our guests and have assisted them in transitioning to other area stores or new employment,” said Jeff Hingher, senior director of marketing for O’Charley’s.

A manager declined to comment when a Herald & Review reporter visited the restaurant Sunday. 

O’Charley’s opened the 6,900-square-foot Forsyth location, with seating for 255 people, at 927 S. U.S. 51 in 2001. It is the latest in a series of closures for the company, which has more than 200 locations in 17 states. Locations in Brentwood and Spring Hill, Tennessee, closed in the last two months of 2018. Earlier in the year, the company shut down its restaurant in Macon, Georgia, affecting about 50 employees

The announcement comes a little over a year after the restaurant was shut down by the Macon County Health Department following a health inspection. It received a score of 56 out of 100, with notable violations including shelves that needed cleaning, dishware that was not properly protected, a box of fish in a cooler dripping onto another container of meat and ham in a cooler that was past the use-by date. Scores of 60 or below resulted in automatic closure under the rules the health department used at the time.

The restaurant was closed on Dec. 18, 2017. It had reopened by noon the following day after correcting the problems, but news of the inspection report prompted a number of negative comments on social media.

Hingher suggested customers visit nearby restaurants in Champaign, Springfield or other locations to redeem coupons and gift certificates.

His full statement is below:

Our Forsyth location is closing on Jan. 13. As a longtime part of this community, we appreciate our guests and the many friends we made over the years.

We are also grateful to our team members who so capably served our guests and have assisted them in transitioning to other area stores or new employment.

Going forward, we extend a warm welcome for our guests to join us at our O’Charley's restaurants in Springfield and Champaign. A full list of locations is available at www.ocharleys.com. Gift cards may be redeemed at any O'Charley's location.

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Contact Donnette Beckett at (217) 421-6983. Follow her on Twitter: @donnettebHR

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