Jenks officials urge people to eat in Jenks on Thursday


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Updated: 8/15/2013 10:25 am Published: 8/13/2013 3:36 pm


Restaurants in Jenks are struggling to make up for lost revenue after a boil-water order forced them to close last Friday and Saturday.

The order was issued after water samples tested positive for E. coli, but now the tests are clean.

When the Waterfront Grill was forced to close on Friday night, the owner told FOX23 they lost thousands of dollars in revenue.

It was business as usual at the Waterfront Grill on Tuesday, as chefs worked to prepare meals.

Behind the scenes, the restaurant owner, Jimmy Blacketer, is working to make up for revenue lost.

"Having to upset my guests and ask them to leave my restaurant abruptly at both locations and not only was it a financial hit, but it was embarrassing," he said.

Blacketer said not only did his employees lose money, but so did he.

"I know they have a job to do, but they way overreacted by this and we're not happy about it," he said.

His restaurant is open now and customers told FOX23 they weren't worried about it.

"I trust them to know what they're doing and be able to take care of us and not get us sick," said Evelyn Wilson, a diner.

"I didn't even really think about it since the other day and I didn't even give it much thought that it was in Jenks," said Jared Newcomb, another diner.

To help the restaurants make some money, the Jenks Chamber of Commerce created the Good for Thursday program.

Chamber President Josh Driskell said it's a way for people to let the local restaurants know they are standing by them.

"We're hoping they will eat out and if they can't do that we're hoping they will carry out," said Driskell.

The chamber is encouraging businesses to also let their employees take a longer lunch break on Thursday to make up for lost revenue.

The Tulsa County Health Department released their process after getting notification about the E. Coli from the Department of Environmental Quality:

THD was notified by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) about the possibility for a boil advisory to be issued late Friday afternoon. DEQ issued the boil advisory via a press release on Friday evening at 6:30pm.


When a boil advisory is issued, all food establishments that serve open food must cease operations immediately until such time that the boil order has been lifted, due to the volume of water needed to safely operate a restaurant.


The Tulsa Health Department was notified on Saturday around 1pm that DEQ had lifted the boil advisory and that the water was safe for human consumption.


We did not take nor test the samples. All of our information was provided by DEQ who obtained and tested the water samples. Once we are informed, we have a protocol to follow to protect the citizens of Tulsa County and as soon as we were notified that subsequent samples indicated no contamination, we were able to allow the restaurants to reopen.



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Unwashed Mass - 8/14/2013 5:26 PM
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Overreacted? Did you need a string of deaths before you granted your approval? Certainly says volumes.
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