A crack in the outside wall of a downtown Newport restaurant caused concerned Tuesday, but the building was found to be structurally sound.
Crews doing utility work in the street noticed a crack on an exterior wall of 140 Broadway, which houses the Salvation Café. A layer of stucco was removed to inspect the brick wall under it.
"During the day today, during the construction, the wall started to expand. So, as a precaution, they took the wall down," Newport police Capt. Russ Carlone said.
A building inspector said the crack was in a façade and not in a structural element, but police said the exterior wall likely would have come down on it's own eventually.
"They were afraid when the bricks did come down they would fall on vehicles or pedestrians," Carlone said.
Police evacuated the building and shut down Broadway was a precaution.
The street was open to traffic in one direction Tuesday evening, but a notice on the restaurant's Facebook page said it would be closed Tuesday.
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