Dead Flies in Tequila
of the night early in 2012 and the proprietors left no forwarding address.
That's how it sometimes goes in the restaurant business, as I discovered from reading the inspection reports on the county's Department of Public Health website. Besides Champion House, the former Sheesh on North Main and the old Szechuan West on Stadium serve as other examples: repeated inspections with lots of critical violations, followed by closure.
Any place can have a bad day, but some places have them time after time. So from the county's inspection database, I put together a list based on each restaurant's performance on its last five inspections.
Five or more critical violations (meaning "fix it now!") or ten or more noncritical violations (meaning "fix it soon!") got a restaurant on my list, as did comments like "will return for follow-up inspection" or "administrative conference needed." I also included on my list any inspection that included a mention of flies, cockroaches, mice, or birds--one of which was found in the backroom of Chan's Garden on Liberty.