Health District suspends food license of Village Inn

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SYLVANIA, Ohio (WTVG) -- Citing a "blatant disregard of the Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code," the Lucas County Regional Health District has suspended the Food Service Operation License of Village Inn, 4984 N. Holland-Sylvania Rd., Sylvania, Ohio for 30 days.

The move comes after the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department reported 112 health code violations at the establishment during 15 inspections (2 Standard, 13 Re-Inspections) between 4/27/2017-1/23/2018.

In a Facts and Finding Report, the health department cited 38 Critical Violations, 74 Non-Critical Violations and 74 Repeat Violations during the 2017 Food License Year (March 2017-February 27, 2018).

The letter goes on to state, "At this time, the health department's concerns regarding the lack of food safety knowledge, no certified person in charge, the follow through to correct repeat violations, and the disrepair of both equipment and physical facility was discussed. The owners of manager of the Village Inn were provided the opportunity to comment on how the violations have been corrected, or will be corrected. The owner, Sara Tolkes, stated she did not have funds to make the necessary repairs to her facility, including the required cold holding equipment. The owner also stated a new manager, who is certified in food safety level 2 was hired in November 2017 to help train employees and correct violations. The owner and manager stated an employee handbook/training manual was implemented, which we received on January 24, 2018. The manual we received and reviewed provided information for the line cook to follow. The manual does not address ongoing critical and non-critical violations which could lead to a foodborne illness."

The suspension begins January 26, 2018 at 8:00AM and continues until midnight February 24, 2018 or sooner if an inspection by the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department deems the establishment to be in "substantial compliance with the Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code."