Augusta, GA (WJBF) — McDonald’s is only serving apple juice, milk and bottled water.
Zaxbys has a sign on its doors.
Chick-fil-A is empty.
Several restaurants are closed in Augusta because of the boil water advisory.
“Kind of curious, you know, for something like this to happen here in our area. You know? We’ve never had anything like this happen,” one resident said.
“I don’t know. I think it’s crazy. I just really think it’s crazy that you have to boil your water and let it stand for a minute or so before you can consume it,” another resident said.
Hungry Augustans spent the day looking for restaurants that were open.
A lot of them were, but with limited menus.
“I need to try to find somewhere else to eat, but I really had my mind set on Genghis Grill,” one resident said.
Wednesday morning, Dunkin’ Donuts was open, but they were only serving bottled beverages.
In the afternoon, they were closed, obviously making the decision to shut down because most of their business involves products like coffee and tea, which would need tap water.
Diablo’s Southwest Grill was able to stay open because the staff had a proper plan in place.
“We turned off our coke machine trying to push bottles only for today. We emptied out the ice and got fresh ice back into the ice machine,” Owner Brandon Wall said.
According to the Richmond County Health Department basically anything that a restaurant does must be done with bottled or boiled water under a boil water advisory… that includes cooking and cleaning.
“You forget how convenient it is to be able to turn on the tap and have water there,” another resident told us.
Most of the closed businesses say they will re-open on Thursday.
“Because I’m a faithful customer I’m going to come back tomorrow, but I’m trying to find something to eat now because I’m hungry,” one customer said.