City Billiards' owner is hopeful despite confirmed Hep A case at his restaurant

Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

AIKEN, SC (WRDW/WAGT) -- Michael Allen has owned City Billiards for 25 years. But what happened to his restaurant in the past few days is new.

"I've never experienced anything like this," Allen said.

Allen said DHEC called him Wednesday about an employee with Hepatitis A. The health department then came in to check the restaurant, making his the second next to Aiken Brewing Company to have this problem.

"They explained to us that we have the A rating, 100 percent," Allen said. "They have no issues with our cleanliness. Our restaurant is open to the public, our cooking facility is open. They can see that we wear gloves."

The gloves are important as Hepatitis A can spread if someone does not wash their hands, touches your food, and then you eat it.

As many as 10 cases of the virus have been reported in the county since November.

Josh Millard did not eat at City Billiards, but his wife did. He got the vaccine anyway.

"It was absolutely easy," Millard said. "It took 2 minutes to get in there, fill out the paperwork, and get the shot in my arm."

Millard also said he's not afraid to eat in downtown. DHEC said there's no reason to afraid, either.

Allen, meanwhile, is banking on DHEC's clean bill of health to get him through the days ahead.

"We have followed every protocol and done everything we can to ensure your safety and there is no need to not come back in the restaurant," Allen said.