Tupelo Honey closes after broken pipe causes basement to flood

Tupelo Honey closes after broken pipe causes basement to flood

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Knoxville Utility Board crews were pumping out the water all day Thursday. Knoxville Utility Board crews were pumping out the water all day Thursday.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Tupelo Honey restaurant in Market Square will be closed for the next several days after its basement flooded.

Steve Frabitore, the owner of the restaurant, says a sprinkler pipe broke, flooding the basement in about five feet of water.

"We woke up to God-knows how many gallons of water in our basement," he said.

Knoxville Utility Board crews were pumping out the water all day Thursday.

Frabitore says tens of thousands of dollars of equipment was lost in the flooding, so the restaurant will be shut down for about four to five days to repair the damage.

"Most of the equipment down there, as well as the walls and anything wood, will be replaced," he said.

Frabitore says it could have been a lot worse and is thankful no one was injured.

There was no water damage on the main floor where diners are served.

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