County revokes Farmington Hills restaurant license
A restaurant in Farmington Hills has lost its restaurant license.
Oakland County Times first reported the story, cataloging a long list of alleged violations against the MayaBazaar Bar and Grill, located at 30701 W 12 Mile Rd.
County officials confirmed that restaurant owners failed to correct major violations after repeated inspections. MayaBazaar opened in March 2019. The owner says it will reopen after fixing the issues.
It’s rare for county officials to revoke a food service license, county spokesman Bill Mullan told The Oakland Press, which only happens as “a last resort when a restaurant consistently fails to implement corrections to violations found during inspections”.
County records reflect more than 4,500 supervised licensed restoration operations. Each restaurant is usually inspected twice a year. In MayaBazaar’s three years of operation, inspectors conducted 28 visits, nine of which were for enforcement purposes.
On March 16, members of the County Food Services Appeal Board voted unanimously to revoke MayaBazaar’s license.
Mullan said food service inspections aren’t just a way to protect public health by preventing foodborne illnesses, it’s a time for restaurant owners, managers and workers to learn the best practice.
When documenting violations, county inspectors also give restaurant owners and managers a “reasonable amount of time to correct violations before returning for a follow-up visit,” Mullan said, adding that most restaurant owners correct violations. violations before the follow-up visit.
A March 17 Instagram post from the restaurant suggests a water leak in the kitchen was the reason for a week-long closure. The restaurant’s website remains active, but no one answered the work phone on Wednesday afternoon. An email listed on the restaurant’s Facebook page bounced, but the owner answered a second phone number listed.
Restaurant owner Tejas Madireddi, a Farmington Hills resident, told The Oakland Press that MayaBazaar is the only restaurant he operates.
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Madireddi said one of the changes he plans to make is to hire managers with certified restaurant training. In order to reapply, he must also show inspectors he can meet the standards for 16 violations repeatedly documented by inspectors, ranging from a pan too big to fit in the dishwasher or a sink to a proper cleaning, improper storage of food and visible signs. flying insects.
Mullan said Madireddi will also have to pay unpaid fees, and for “food safety training for managers and employees, the presence of a full-time certified food service manager in the kitchen during each shift, maintaining proper records such as written cleaning procedures and food temperature logs and records, and proper labeling of stored food. The restaurant must maintain all recommendations for at least six months after reopening.”
Inspection reports for MayaBazaar and other Oakland County restaurants are online at swordsolutions.com/inspections.