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DECATUR — Tuscany Steak and Pasta House in Decatur, which had been scheduled to open Wednesday, was closed while the owner, Qamil Ballazhi, waits for the health inspection permit, according to restaurant assistant Sonny Asani.

Asani said the restaurant at 3010 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive had been given a verbal approval by the health department to open Wednesday. An hour after the staff began serving lunch, he said, a health inspector arrived and closed the establishment until the restaurant had the permit in hand.

"We have a misunderstanding," Asani said. "Everything is fine. We just don't have the permit we thought we had."

The restaurant staff was expecting the permit to arrive either Wednesday afternoon or this morning, he said.

A spokeswoman for the health department said it would not comment on the closing Wednesday. The Herald & Review has filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking a copy of the report. 

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