Anyone trying to go to the Long John Silvers on Washington Avenue in Carnegie this week got an unwelcome surprise. Due to a leak in the roof of the kitchen, the Allegheny County Health Department posted a consumer alert to let all customers know of the violation.
The inspection report showed that the county visited the facility last Friday following a complaint. The restaurant was also cited for failing to notify the health department about the leak and for several other health code violations.
As of April 3, the consumer alert had not been removed. A shift leader of Long John Silvers in Carnegie, John Moden, said that the leak had been fixed, but that they were waiting for the health department to arrive and inspect it so the alert could be removed.
Although it is only a small problem that appears to be fixed for this location, it is a microcosm of the problems that have led Long John Silvers to their current point as a business.
Several years ago, the popular seafood restaurant was flourishing and appeared primed to become the next major fast food restaurant sensation in America.
Since then though, the company has been devastated by mismanagement and financial turmoil.
Just last year Long John Silvers, and their 1,100 locations, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. According to the filings, the Louisville, Kentucky restaurant had assets of just over $114,000, while total debt against the company was over $2.38 million.