Geotechnical testing performed over the past two weeks at the Bob Evans off I-4 in Seffner have confirmed that there is loose soil beneath the restaurant.
Margaret Standing, the Director of Corporate Communications for the company, said experts found the problem between 40 and 60 feet beneath the north and northwest side of the restaurant.
They are confident that what they found is responsible for the structural damage to the carryout area of the restaurant.
On June 9, employees noticed cracks in the walls and in the floor. Large cracks are also visible on the exterior of the Bob Evans. The bricks are also separating. After workers noticed the cracks, the restaurant did not open.
It has been closed ever since.
All 35 of the employees who work at the restaurant have been working temporarily at other Tampa area locations.
Standing said the company is now working to determine the best course of action. The company is evaluating options for remediating the site and rebuilding the restaurant at its current location or remediating and selling the property.
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