• Iconic Penguin Drive-In served eviction paperwork


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The iconic Penguin Drive-In restaurant in Plaza-Midwood has been served eviction paperwork.

    The restaurant has been closed for a week after owner Lisa Ballentine said they had a death in the family.

    Ballentine released a statement about the restaurant being closed from July 28 – Aug. 5.

    "After an unfortunate and tragic death in the family of one of our staff members, we as a staff decided it was best for the Penguin Drive-In to close for seven days this past week. We are a small staff, and our staff is like family. When one of our family members is faced with what happened recently, it affects all of us. We felt it was in the best interest of the staff to take a pause. We look forward to re-opening our doors on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 6). We would like to thank all of our loyal customers, the Plaza-Midwood neighborhood, and other surrounding small business owners for their continued support."
    The restaurant has been in the Ballentine family for 60 years. Lisa Ballentine is the daughter of Penguin founder Jim Ballentine.

    Read our past coverage on the Penguin:

    Oct. 24, 2013: Penguin Drive-In being sued by landlord over lease, loan

    Nob. 6, 2013: Iconic Penguin restaurant files for bankruptcy Tuesday

    Sept. 21, 2010: The Penguin Drive-In To Change Management, Concept


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