One of Augusta, Maine's most popular eateries has reopened to the public following a temporary forced shutdown due to reported health code violations discovered after an emergency response from Augusta Fire.

According to the Kennebec Journal, the City of Augusta's Code Enforcement Director, Rob Overton, made an inspection of the 99 Restaurant after a fire call and found multiple code violations.

The newspaper noted that in addition to wastewater being found in the basement, there was a "faulty fire alarm system, serious serious electrical issues throughout the building, mold in the basement, an unsanitary kitchen area, grease behind and near the cooking equipment, rotten and moldy food in the walk-in refrigerator and emergency exits blocked or not lit up."

The restaurant closed down on Thursday, July 20.

Well, it looks like the 99 is open again.

The Kennebec Journal, which reported that the restaurant reopened to the public this past Friday, said that they called the 99 to see if they were open. They got a "yes," however, when the newspaper asked for comment on the matter, they were told that no one at the restaurant was authorized to speak to the news.

It's not immediately clear when the approval was given for the restaurant to reopen, but we do know that city code enforcement director, Rob Overton, had previously said they would have to remain closed until a follow-up inspection from him could give them the green light.

Seemingly, it's safe to assume that the aforementioned issues have successfully been resolved to city standards, otherwise, the 99 Restaurant would likely have not been given the nod to reopen its doors.

This is a developing story and we will continue to keep it updated as more information becomes available.

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