Restaurant fined for health-code violations

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment this month fined EightOneFive Cafe & Night Club, a restaurant and bar at 815 N.H., $1,000 for health-code violations.

The fine stems from two health department visits to the establishment. On Aug. 18, health inspectors found food stored above a safe temperature and about 40 to 50 fresh rodent droppings in a dry-goods storeroom and "on the lid of the rice container and the pasta container."

A second visit to EightOneFive on Sept. 8 again found foods stored above safe temperatures and more fresh rodent droppings in the storeroom.

Jeff Singer, owner of the cafe, said the rodent problem had been caused by trash receptacles placed behind the club by the city.

"Having rodents in an alley is pretty common," he said. "The rodents were poking holes in our back wall and getting in that way. But those holes have been sealed."

Singer also said that a faulty walk-in refrigerator had been replaced, so he did not foresee future problems with keeping foods at a safe temperature.

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