ROYAL OAK (WWJ) – A sinkhole the size of a swimming pool is keeping northbound Main Street closed past 12 Mile road in Royal Oak, and that’s putting a hole in the bottom line of nearby businesses.

Shane Macbeth was managing the National Coney Island restaurant where the sinkhole developed and broke a gas line, forcing the evacuation of the building for several hours.

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“Yesterday we weren’t as busy as we usually are,” said Macbeth, “Friday we took a huge hit because we didn’t get open again until after midnight – so from 3 p.m. to midnight on a Friday, when we are usually jamming, no business at all.”

Macbeth said not only was business a concern but also the safety of customers.

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“I was just worried about drunk people walking over here and falling in the hole,” he said of the late night crowd that comes to the restaurant from a nearby dance club.

Macbeth said city crews were stabilizing the sinkhole Sunday, but no word yet when it will be completely repaired so northbound Main Street can re-open to traffic.

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