Maciel’s Tortas & Tacos on Main suffers ceiling collapse

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. —A Mexican restaurant on Main Street is temporarily closed after a ceiling collapsed Saturday night, causing unknown injury to an infant.

The owner of Maciel's Tortas & Tacos says it will be three to four weeks before the popular downtown eatery can reopen following a ceiling collapse.

The ceiling fell in at 8:10 Saturday night.  According to a friend of the owner, he "heard a loud crack and then the ceiling came down."

Three customers and staff members were inside the establishment.

A mother and infant were in the restaurant at the time and the baby was struck by falling debris, but we didn’t know the extent of the injuries.

The infant was taken to a hospital by ambulance, but “we haven’t had any direct contact with them. We heard the baby would be fine. ..."

The restaurant remained closed Monday.

The local dining community rallied behind the popular lunch and dinner spot as soon as word of the collapse spread.

“When you see something like this happen to a rest that’s really good, we gotta pull together to do what we can do to help,” said Chef Michael Patrick, who owns Rizzo's on South Main Street.

Jon Hodges, who owns Front Street Deli and also works in construction, said he offered to cover the repair costs.

The owner said he was dealing with insurance matters all day Monday.

Shelby County officials said the building passed its inspection prior to Maciel's opening in February 2016. It was tested for mechanical, fire, plumbing and electrical issues.

County records showed the Main Street building was constructed in 1915.

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