Dead Flies in Tequila
"We have had our share of service issues in the past that I have worked really hard at changing but nothing that warrants a drawing of a cockroach above our name in the local paper," Felix Landrum protested after reading our March story on restaurant inspections. Landrum's Café Felix made our list of places that received the most critical violations over a five-inspection cycle.
"I would like your readers to understand that we are not a dirty place," Landrum emailed, noting that most violations were for things like failing to include a cooking advisory in a chalkboard specials list and bringing in beets from the Ann Arbor Farmers Market. "We have never had a cockroach problem, mice, rats or any other pests," Landrum stressed. "We have had fruit flies over the summer because we kept the front door open, a problem we rectified by simply closing the door."
After a series of steps to improve sanitation, including quarterly meetings with the county health department and establishing staff checklists, Landrum added, Café Felix had just one "priority violation," in the county's new terminology, at its most recent inspection. "Our inspector Charles Yet told us that he was 'very impressed.'