Grain reopens after car damages wall on Saturday night

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A popular Newark restaurant was temporarily closed after the building was struck by a vehicle.

At about 10 p.m. Saturday, police were called to Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen for a report of a vehicle that struck the building.

Officers found a 1998 Mercury Marquis had struck and partially penetrated the building.

The investigation indicated that the driver,Thomas Fortune, 75, of Newark, was backing into a parking space at the Super 8 Motel next door at 268 East Main St.

Fortune confused the gas for the brake and accelerated backward through a fence, across the driveway leading into Grain and penetrated the wall. No one was injured.

The City of Newark Building Department came to the scene and ordered the restaurant closed pending repairs.

Grain announced this morning, the opening of the restaurant for its popular brunch that begins at 10 a.m. would be delayed by at least an hour.

The Newark Post reported that the business opened around noon on Sunday.

Fortune was cited for Inattentive Driving.

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