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NEWPORT, Ky. -- Don Pablo's Mexican Restaurant in Newport was shut down Monday after a building inspection led to concern for the safety of customers and employees.

A spokesperson for Rita Restaurant Corp., which owns and operates Don Pablo's, said a routine building inspection on April 25 found issues with the structural integrity of one corner of the restaurant's deck, specifically the condition of a steel beam.

"We were advised by the structural engineer at that time that the deck was safe for continued use, with the exception of a small area, which was immediately blocked off," the spokesperson said in an official statement.

Last week, the restaurant's owners had the building inspected with more detail, and a decision was made to remain closed until receiving the results.

On Monday, a structural engineer advised Don Pablo's owners to restrict pedestrian traffic on the entire corner.

Due to the location of the damage and proximity to the entryway, the restaurant was forced to shut down for renovations, the spokesperson said.

During renovations, all employee salaries and wages will continue to be paid, according to a release.

There is no set date on when the restaurant will reopen.

A legal notice is currently posted on the restaurant at 401 Riverboat Row that states any use of the building from Monday onward could result in a $500 fine.

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