City officials have threatened to close a popular '50s-style hamburger drive-in unless its owners acquire the necessary permits within two weeks.
"They're threatening to close us down," Dennis Williams, co-owner of Angelo's, said Saturday. "We got a 15-days-or-else notice."
The outlet at 211 N. Beach Blvd. opened a few months ago without securing approval as a drive-in, drive-through restaurant, although Angelo's owners said that other drive-in restaurants have operated on the site for about 10 years.
Williams complained that the city didn't check into permits through the restaurant's previous four owners--until Angelo's bought and opened the restaurant under its name. Disputing charges of harassment, city officials have said they enforce code regulations and check into items such as permits in response to citizens' complaints.
Angelo's ongoing dispute with the city--which began in 1981 with its outlet at 511 S. State College Blvd.--"is getting expensive," Williams said.