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County clears downtown restaurant to re-open

April 29, 2016
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A downtown restaurant that was forced to close last week for numerous health code violations is back in operation.

The Kent County Health Department said yesterday that it has cleared XO Asian Cuisine in Grand Rapids, at 58 Monroe Center Ave. NW, to re-open after an inspection Thursday.

XO re-opened this morning.

XO was hit with about 30 code violations of Michigan Food Law on April 21, and the health department forced the restaurant to close its doors for at least seven days.

The restaurant was required to address each violation and pass re-inspection before it was allowed to open again.

“We are encouraged by the progress that has been made. However, this action did not give us an opportunity to observe a working restaurant,” said Max Bjorkman, supervising sanitarian, Kent County Health Department Environmental Health Division.

“Today, we could only see the operation’s readiness to serve the public. We will continue to monitor XO’s progress once the restaurant re-opens.”

The closure

XO Asian Cuisine was forced to close by the Kent County Health Department in accordance with an agreement the restaurant signed into during a hearing on March 10.

At the hearing — which was held due to “chronic issues of non-compliance” with the state’s food laws — the owners agreed to increased enforcement by the county, including surprise inspections by the health department for up to one year.

A surprise inspection on April 21 revealed numerous health code violations, including improper food storage and indications of the presence of rodents or other pests.

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