Employee dispute at Pallookaville in Avondale leads to hospital trips, assault charge
This story has been updated.
Pallookaville, a popular corn dog restaurant in Avondale Estates, closed early on Tuesday evening following an employee dispute that resulted in an aggravated assault charge. Two employees were sent to the hospital as a result of the dispute, the Avondale Estates Police Department said.
Co-owner James Maggard confirmed the incident, but referred all questions to the Police Department.
“Everybody’s OK,” Maggard said. “It’s an open investigation. I’m supposed to refer you to the Avondale Police Department. We could’ve reopened. We felt like everybody needed the night off.”
The Police Department did not reveal the name of the business or the circumstances surrounding the dispute.
The initial alert from the Police Department said, “An aggravated assault occurred at a restaurant in the 100 block of North Avondale Plaza. The suspect is in custody and being treated at a local hospital. The victim was rushed to another local hospital and is being treated for wounds sustained. The incident is under investigation and there is no danger to the public.”
When Decaturish followed up, Police Chief Lynn Thomas said, “All I can tell you at this time is that an altercation involved two employees of a business. The suspect is in custody. The victim is stable while undergoing surgery. The investigation is active as we are attempting to interview the individuals. There is no danger to the public.”
Pallookaville has been the catalyst for much of the revival of Avondale Estates’ downtown. It was founded by Jim Stacy, who later sold the business to Maggard and his business partner, Jason Hylton.