Once popular eatery, now closed, labeled menace

By The Associated Press

OLIVE BRANCH — It was once a popular eatery in Olive Branch. But now elected officials have declared the closed Olive Branch Catfish Co. a menace to public health.

Owner Stephen J. Milligan closed the restaurant earlier this year because of health problems. Milligan died on July 18.

The restaurant site is now blighted by litter and, according to one alderman, attracting rats.

By declaring the property a menace, the city can legally pay to have it cleaned and place a lien on the property to recover the expense.

One alderman suggested Tuesday evening that the Board of Aldermen should not declare the property a menace so soon after Milligan’s death. But The Commercial Appeal reports that Alderman Don Tullos was concerned about the effect of a delay on nearby households.

Click video to hear audio