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Butchertown plant leak affects nearby restaurant

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The Blind Pig sits directly across from the JBS Swift plant in Butchertown. The Blind Pig sits directly across from the JBS Swift plant in Butchertown.
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - During all of the commotion Wednesday surrounding the ammonia leak at the JBS Swift plant at 1200 Story Avenue, one business was affected more than others in the area.

The Blind Pig restaurant sits right across the street from the plant, and Wednesday was anything but business as usual. Joe Frase, a co-owner, says restaurant operations were brought to an abrupt halt when a chemical leak forced almost a thousand workers out of the Swift plant and toward the Blind Pig.

"When they evacuated the plant all the workers were coming across the parking lot in a mob," Frase recalled. "I thought they were just gonna stand in the parking lot, but they came over here. They were hanging around the building, hanging out in front of the door, coming in to use the bathroom in droves."

Frase says a JBS Swift supervisor eventually entered the store and told employees to leave unless they bought food or drinks.

The leak happened just as the restaurant was planning a one-year anniversary celebration next week.

Frase hopes things will have settled down by then.

"Hopefully that'll be good, I'm hoping this won't put a damper on it, I think it may have cycled through by then."

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