From campus town bars to Italian restaurants, 20 restaurants were closed or failed for serious health code violations during the last part of 2016.
Drain flies in sinks and bathrooms, moldy celery and limes at a popular campus bar and dishes not being cleaned with soap were among the worst violations leading to closures and failures of eateries across Champaign County between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, according to a review of inspection reports.
Additionally, five establishments were closed for a failure to pay their permit fees, including KAAM’s Steak and Seafood mobile food truck, LMK’s Smokin’ BBQ mobile food truck at Boomerang’s, the Rantoul Public House, the Rib Cage mobile food truck at Alexander’s Steakhouse and the Village of Sidney baseball concession stand.
In total, 17 restaurants failed their routine inspections, ranging from problems like improper placement of an employee’s drink, improper hand washing, incorrect storage temperatures and improper chemical storage.
The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting and CU-CitizenAccess are hosting a public discussion on Tuesday, Nov. 29 on the local, regional and agribusiness impacts from climate change — ranging from flooding and the water supply to changing weather patterns and agricultural techniques.