Friday, December 19, 2008

If Ye Seek, So Ye Shall Find

Stunning news via Crain's:

Lincoln Park's Wiener's Circle was shut down Friday by the city for failing to meet Chicago's health code.

The restaurant at 2622 N. Clark St. — popular among late-night revelers who trade rated-R banter with employees — was found in an inspection not to have running hot water. That means employees could not properly wash their hands or cooking utensils, the Chicago Department of Public Health said in a statement.

Wiener's Circle was also cited for having food at unsafe temperatures. An inspector found two pounds of cooked onions at temperatures lower than the required 140 degrees.

As a frequenter of this fine dining establishment, I am shocked, just shocked to learn that their onions are not heated high enough.

I am further shocked that this, and a lack of hit water, were the only violations discovered. I mean, have the inspectors ever been there before? The cleanest thing about the place is the language.

This also further begs the question of why they were shut down for such measly violations. Perhaps they refused to give outgoing Illinois Governor free hot dogs in exchange for consideration of an appointment to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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