TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- A long time Tallahassee restaurant has re-opened its doors after state officials shut the business down due to several violations.
Hobbit American Grill on West Pensacola Street said it was the first time in its 38-year history that it was ever shut down for violations.
The restaurant says it's thrilled to be back serving the community.
Management says the doors were reopened Thursday morning after a health inspector took a final tour and determined the business had addressed all violations.
Sherri Capece, assistant to the owner, said she's learned a valuable lesson.
"I will read health inspections differently, personally, because now that I've been through it, you don't understand the pressure," Capece said. "It could be a small thing -- as small as putting a baseboard up to putting a tile up in your kitchen -- but it's on the health inspection."
The restaurant admits it's been difficult reading comments on social media after the closure, but urges the community to give the business another chance.
Hobbit is reaching out to customers who've stood by the restaurant. The owner has offered special deals on a personal basis to thank loyal patrons for their service.