Category Archives: Chicago Department of Health Restaurant Closures

Busy Little Beavers at the Chicago Department of Public Health

Three restaurants in two separate press releases today. Summary, for the get-me-to-the-gross-out crowd: infestation of fruit flies at Lalo's, unclean hands at Artemio's, and cockroaches and too-hot deserts at Dong Ky.

Two Restaurants

Shut By City Health Department
Health Code Violations Will Not Be Tolerated
 
Two restaurants remain closed today after being shut down Tuesday afternoon by inspectors from the Chicago Department of Public Health (CPDH).
 
Lalo’s, 1960 N. Clybourn, was shut down after CDPH inspectors discovered non-compliance with an August 31 order to eliminate a fruit fly infestation.
 
Artemio’s Tacos, 4918 W. Irving Park, was ordered closed after CDPH inspectors discovered the restaurant operating without hot water. Additionally, the restaurant was cited for mouse feces in a non-food storage area.
 
The enforcement actions were the 145th and 146th times in 2009 that Health Department inspectors have shut a food establishment for Health Code violations.
 
Representatives of both restaurants are scheduled to attend administrative hearings in October and pay fines expected to total $500 (Lalo’s) and $750 (Artemio’s).
 
Chicagoans who believe that a restaurant or other food establishment is operating in an unsafe manner are encouraged to dial 311 and report it.

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North Side Restaurant Shut By City Health Department
Health Code Violations Will Not Be Tolerated

A North Side restaurant was shut down Wednesday by inspectors from the Chicago Department of Public Health (CPDH).

Dong Ky, 4877 N. Broadway, was shut down after CDPH inspectors a clogged three-compartment sink, live cockroaches in the kitchen, and homemade desserts at unsafe temperatures.

The restaurant will remain closed until it has corrected all violations and passed re-inspection.

The enforcement action was the 147th time in 2009 that Health Department inspectors have shut a food establishment for violations of the Chicago Health Code.

Representatives of Dong Ky are scheduled to appear at an administrative hearing on October 22 and pay a fine expected to total $1,750.

Chicagoans who believe that a restaurant or other food establishment is operating in an unsafe manner are encouraged to dial 311 and report it.

Live Cockroaches, Corn Meal-Diving Flies, and Kitchen Sink Muff Up Palace Gate Africa Restaurant

Here's the litany:

North Side Restaurant Shut By City Health Department

Insect Infestation Will Not Be Tolerated
 
A North Side restaurant was shut down today when Chicago Department of Public Health (CPDH) inspectors discovered live cockroaches in the kitchen, small flies in a bag of corn meal, and a clogged three-compartment sink.
 
Palace Gate Africa, 4548 N. Magnolia, will remain closed until it has eliminated the infestation, fixed its sink and passed re-inspection.
 
Today’s visit was a routine, unannounced inspection.
 
The enforcement action was the 142nd time in 2009 that Health Department inspectors have shut a food establishment for Health Code violations.
 
Representatives of Palace Gate are scheduled to appear at an administrative hearing set for October 8 and pay a fine expected to total $1,500.
 
CDPH inspectors ordered restaurant staff to discard the corn meal.
 
The restaurant also was cited for failing to post “No Smoking” signs, as required by Chicago’s Clean Indoor Air Ordinance.
 
Chicagoans who believe that a restaurant or other food establishment is operating in an unsafe manner are encouraged to dial 311 and report it.

Health Department Squeezes Orange

If you've ever waited in line on the sidewalk outside of this place on a Sunday morning, just to get a warm yogurt served to you with dirty hands, you may feel slightly foolish at this time.

Food at Unsafe Temperatures, Poor Hand Washing

A North Side restaurant was shut down earlier today when inspectors from the Chicago Department of Public Health (CPDH) found multiple health code violations.
 
Orange, 3231 N. Clark, was cited for three faulty reach-in coolers found at 50, 59 and 61 degrees Fahrenheit, considerably warmer than the required 40 degrees or colder.
 
Food inside the coolers was also found at unsafe temperatures. CDPH inspectors ordered and supervised the discarding of about 30 pounds of food, including eggs, sausage, sliced ham, sliced cantaloupe and watermelon, milk, yogurt, and blue, brie and mozzarella cheese.
 
Additionally, the restaurant was ticketed for failing to have a hand washing sink in a basement food preparation area, and for using a hand washing sink on the first floor for food preparation and for washing utensils.
 
CDPH inspectors also found no certified food manager on duty.
 
Today’s visit was a routine, unannounced inspection.
 
The enforcement action was the 133rd time in 2009 that Health Department inspectors have shut a food establishment for health code violations.
 
Representatives of Orange will have an opportunity to explain themselves at an administrative hearing on September 17 and pay a fine expected to total $3,000.
 
Chicagoans who believe that a restaurant or other food establishment is operating in an unsafe manner are encouraged to dial 311 and report it.

 
Representatives of Orange will have an opportunity to explain themselves at an administrative hearing on September 17 and pay a fine expected to total $3,000.
 
Chicagoans who believe that a restaurant or other food establishment is operating in an unsafe manner are encouraged to dial 311 and report it.

Carcass on Glueboard Shuts Down Don Cuco

Don't look at me– I just write the headlines.

Southwest Side Restaurant Shut Down by City Health Dept. Spoiled Meat, Mouse Infestation

Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) inspectors have shut down a restaurant in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the Southwest Side, after finding a broken refrigerator, food at unsafe temperatures, and an infestation of mice.

Taco Don Cuco, 1847 W. 47th Street, will remain closed until it has eliminated the infestation, corrected all violations cited and passed re-inspection.

CDPH inspectors found a reach-in cooler at 50 degrees, well below the 40 degrees or colder required by law. Inside the cooler were beef, pork, shrimp and eggs—all at temperatures above 50 degrees, and all of which was ordered discarded.

Inspectors also found mouse feces throughout the premises and a mouse carcass on a glue board trap.

The enforcement action was the 124th time in 2009 that Health Department inspectors have shut an establishment for food safety violations.

Representatives of Taco Don Cuco are scheduled to appear at an administrative hearing on August 20 and pay a fine expected to total $1,500.

Chicagoans who believe that a restaurant or other food establishment is operating in an unsafe manner are encouraged to report it by calling 311 or logging onto www.cityofchicago.org.

La Patisserie P Probably Should Have Gone Ahead and Cleaned Up a Bit

Mrclean1 Apparently a bakery called "La Patisserie P" pissed off the health department.

North Side Bakery
Shut Down by City Health Dept.
Ignored Order to Thoroughly Clean Premises

A North Side bakery remains closed this morning after being shut down Monday afternoon when Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) inspectors found non-compliance with an order to thoroughly clean the facility.

La Patisserie P, 1050 W. Argyle, was ordered by CDPH on July 6 to thoroughly clean the bakery’s walls, floors, food equipment and containers, and shelves—all of which had varying degrees of accumulated dirt, grease and dust. Bakery management also was ordered to remove the clutter in the kitchen and storage areas.

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