• 52°

New law allows restaurants, stores to use outdoor grills

By Josh Bergeron


SALISBURY — Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday signed a bill into law that allows restaurants to use outdoor grills to prepare food.

The bill was crafted by Sen. Tom McInnis, R-Rockingham. McInnis’ district includes southern Rowan County.

On Wednesday, McInnis said he is “tickled to death” about the bill becoming law. McInnis said he expected the governor to sign the bill in time for the holiday weekend.

“It’s a common-sense bill that does away with unnecessary regulation,” he said. “This will help small businesses in areas that cannot afford to have big fire suppression systems.”

McInnis said several grocery store chains wanted the bill to be signed into law in time for Memorial Day. Just like restaurants, he said, grocery stores such as Food Lion will be able to set up a grill in their parking lots, cook food that’s prepared in the store and bring the cooked food back into the store to be sold.

“On top of that, they can have that nice aroma floating around the parking lot,” he added.

McInnis, the first primary sponsor of the grill bill, introduced the measure in February. It passed the N.C. Senate without a single “no” vote. The result was the same in the House.

The bill allows a “food establishment” to grill outdoors if the following requirements are met:

• The outdoor grill is on the premises of the establishment where food is served.

• The grill is continuously supervised by an employee when in use.

• The grill has a cooking surface of stainless steel or cast iron, meets sanitation requirements for equipment in a food establishment and is stationed on a concrete or asphalt foundation.

• The outdoor grill is not operated within 10 feet of combustible construction.

• All open food and utensils are provided with overhead protection such as domes, chafing lids or cookers with hinged lids.

• The grill is in an enclosed area and protected from environmental contamination when not in use.

• The grill’s concrete or asphalt foundation is cleaned daily on any day the grill is used.

• Raw meat, poultry and fish are prepared in a pre-portioned or ready-to-cook form inside the restaurant, food is handled only with utensils when cooks use the grill, and food cooked on the grill is processed inside the restaurant.

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246.




City gives away nearly 100 trees during ‘We Dig Salisbury’ event


Political Notebook: Bitzer expects most ‘Trump-like’ candidate to be favorite in state’s Senate race


Blotter: Concord man arrested in Rowan for indecent liberties with children


Half of US adults have received at least one COVID-19 shot


Police: FedEx shooter legally bought guns used in shooting


Hester Ford, oldest living American, dies at 115 … or 116?


Size of pipeline spill again underestimated in North Carolina


Kannapolis Police searching for suspect who fled scene of homicide


RSS superintendent talks district’s future, strategic plan survey


Complaints and fines pile up against unpermitted landfill in southwest Rowan County


Catawba baseball: Crowd comes out to say goodbye to Newman Park


History is a great teacher: Farming has helped shape Rowan County


‘A safe place for them’: Timeless Wigs and Marvelous Things celebrates fifth anniversary

China Grove

County will hear request for more tree houses, hobbit-style homes in China Grove


Livingstone College partners with Health Department to administer 500 Pfizer vaccinations


‘Elite and it shows’: Staff at Partners in Learning at Novant celebrate news of national accreditation


Biz Roundup: Food Lion earns Energy Star award for 20th consecutive year


Ester Marsh: What body type are you?


The queen says goodbye to Philip, continues her reign alone


Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million


US, China agree to cooperate on climate crisis with urgency


Sikh community calls for gun reforms after FedEx shooting

High School

North Rowan romps into second round of football playoffs


FBI had interviewed former FedEx employee who killed eight