QUINCY -- Elder's Family Restaurant is closed due to problems with the building.
Jerry Vogel, who has owned the business since 1982, said a support column and a wall within the restaurant showed signs that the two-story building is shifting.
Vogel said after talking with Quincy's building inspectors and Architechnics the decision was to close the restaurant until repairs are made. He said he is working with Fischer Builders on options for the building.
Quincy Building Inspector Michael Seaver said the restaurant management contacted his department last week.
"We came by there (Monday) morning and could see where they had observed a little movement in the west wall. It's not to the point where we believe it poses a threat to people outside the building, but we recommended that the restaurant be closed at least until they make an assessment," Seaver said.
Elder's, originally called Elder's Drink Spot, opened on North Sixth Street in the mid-1950s. Eventually, the business expanded and was moved to its current site at 1800 State in 1970 at an intersection where food had been served since the 1940s. Jerry Vogel bought the restaurant in 1982, and he continues to be involved in the business every day.
General Manager Tim Vogel told The Herald-Whig in 2014 that he had grown up in the restaurant, busing tables and doing dishes starting in 1982.