Rexall Grill delays reopening

Duluth's Rexall Grill is delaying its reopening for two weeks.

The landmark Buford Highway restaurant, forced to shut down last month after the operator failed to pay state sales taxes, was expected to reopen Thursday under new leadership.

But Lynda Alley, who has owned the building, the name and most of the equipment since 1998, said a new grease trap needs to be installed before the eatery can serve its famous fried chicken and peach cobbler again.

Originally opened in 1968, Rexall Grill has been a perennial fixture and gathering spot in this Gwinnett County community of 26,o0o.

On June 23, the Georgia Department of Revenue shut down the diner, with records showing that operator Gail Herrin had not paid taxes from January 2004 to October 2009.

Last week, the state held an auction to help collect some of the $500,336.60 that Herrin owes.