A sign on the door said the restaursnt was “Closed for repairs.”
The restaurant, in fact, is closed permanently, said a spokeswoman for the Mississippi Department of Health.
“We have been receiving complaints about the restaurant, so we made an inspection today,” said Liz Sharlot. “There were a lot of critical violations. … from improper storage to leaking pipes.”
Sharlot said the owner agreed to voluntarily shut down the restaurant to make the repairs, but later called back and said he was closing the restaurant permanently.
The report, filed today showed the buffet-style restaurant, located on South Gloster Street, was “not in compliance” for:
- Hands cleaned and properly washed
- Adequate hand washing facilities supplied accessible
- Food in good condition safe and unadulterated
- Food separated and protected
- Food contact surface cleaned sanitized
- Proper date marking and disposition
- Insects rodents and animals not present
- Hot and cold water available adequate pressure
- Plumbing installed proper backflow devices
- Sewage waste water properly disposed.
The Mississippi Department of Health grades restaurants from A to C. “A” is the best. “C” is the equivalent of failing, but the grade doesn’t necessarily merit the closure of a restaurant. Follow-up inspections are made, but the highest a restaurant can make is a “B” after a “C” inspection.