The Twitter chatter earlier this month about a gross smell outside the III Forks Steakhouse included a photo of the possible source. There was a slimy discharge coming out of two cleanout drains on the sidewalk in front of the downtown restaurant. “Ate there on Friday night, definitely stinky on the corner,” one Twitter user said.
Turns out the occasional smell and the cruddy stuff oozing onto the sidewalk is not the restaurant’s fault. True, the grease from the eatery’s grease trap is contributing to clogs in a sewer line. But the city owns the land at Cesar Chavez and Lavaca streets, where a tall building houses the Computer Sciences Corporation and Silicon Labs. III Forks leases space on the ground floor. Thus, the utility lines are the city’s responsibility.
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The problem: Occasionally, a sewer smell permeates the area at Cesar Chavez and Lavaca streets
Who’s responsible: City of Austin’s water and economic growth and redevelopment departments
What they say: City officials say they’ve been trying to fix the plumbing problem but clogs in the sewer line still occur. The city will hire an outside engineer to figure out the problem and come up with a solution.