Popular eatery Eduardo’s is back up and running after having been closed for a week. Photo: C. Leinbach

Popular Ocracoke eatery Eduardo’s Taco Stand reopened Tuesday and customers began lining up in the afternoon and again today.

Eduardo Chavez, owner, and his team were busy making their authentic Mexican food after closing July 17 for N.C. Food Code violations.

Hyde County Health Director Luana Gibbs said today that her inspectors arrived at the truck on Tuesday and gave Eduardo’s a 100 percent rating for a transitional permit.

“They had jumped through all the hoops,” she said.

Last week, the health department suspended Eduardo’s license for “cold holding” violations, which means the refrigeration was not staying at 45 degrees in the hot truck.

While operating under the transitional permit, the truck will reapply for a new permit, she said.

Though busy cooking today, owner Chavez, posted on his Facebook page, “I do not blame the person of the health department either. She has to do her job and we have to do ours. We have always been reasonable when listening. And we did everything what is in our understanding.

“We have put fans. We make holes in the truck to get the hot air out out, out, out. I have no words to please all the support and solidarity that you have for Eduardo’s. Gracias. Big Thanks.”

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