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Workers prepare to board windows Monday after the Long John Silver’s at 701 W. Eldorado Street was permanently closed.

DECATUR — The Long John Silver's restaurant in Decatur has closed permanently, according to a sign in front of the restaurant.

No one answered the phone Monday morning at the restaurant, 701 W. Eldorado St., and a person who was putting boards over the windows declined to comment. The Herald & Review has reached out to company's corporate office for more information. 

The closure comes after a difficult year for the restaurant. It was the scene of Decatur's second homicide of 2019 on Jan. 4 when 18-year-old Curtis T. Hairston was fatally shot there. Jaquarius L. West, 18, and Matthew A. Anderson Jr., 20, have each pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree murder in the case. 

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Windows are boarded on the closed Long John Silver’s building at 701 W. Eldorado Street.

Last year, the restaurant was shut down twice by the Macon County Health Department for health code violations. The first closure was for a day in February, after which management hired a pest control specialist. The second closure lasted two days in June. Management took steps to fix a freezer that let food reach higher-than-acceptable temperatures and a kitchen so warm employees were seen sweating on food, according to records. 

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The Long John Silver’s restaurant at 701 W. Eldorado Street is permanently closed.

Law enforcement also became involved with an issue at the restaurant in February of this year, when police said an argument about whose turn it was to take out the trash became violent. 

This story may be updated. 

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

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"Together Decatur" Columnist and Food and Drink Reporter

“Together Decatur” columnist and food and drink reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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