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Updated on Jan. 31 at 5:00 p.m.

The Chili’s restaurant at The Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale is open once again after Health Department inspectors ordered the location to close on Jan. 25 due to a major violation.

A manager at the Chili’s confirmed the restaurant’s reopening on Jan. 31, but provided no further details about what happened or how the location was able to resolve the issue.

As of Jan. 25, Chili’s was hit with a bright yellow sign on its front door to notify the public that it was closed by order of the commissioner of health and mental hygiene. The eatery has a history of Health Department violations and ungraded inspections.

According to a spokesperson from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Chili’s was inspected on Jan. 25 and ordered closed due to a violation that could not be corrected at the time of inspection. The violation had to do with a sewer issue, the spokesperson said.

Prior to the Jan.25 inspection, the most recent inspection of Chili’s listed in the Department of Health’s online records is from Nov. 28, 2017. That inspection resulted in 36 points’ worth of violations and is shown as an ungraded inspection, meaning it did not get a letter grade. Three of the infractions are seen as critical violations:

  1. Food Protection Certificate not held by supervisor of food operations.
  2. Filth flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated (FRSA) flies present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Filth flies include house flies, little house flies, blow flies, bottle flies and flesh flies. Food/refuse/sewage-associated flies include fruit flies, drain flies and Phorid flies.
  3. Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.

Other violations from the Nov. 28 inspection include conditions conducive to attracting vermin or allowing vermin to exist, food contact surfaces not properly maintained and non-food contact surfaces improperly constructed.

The Chili’s in Atlas Park has four ungraded inspections dating back to 2015, the worst of which racked up 47 points in violations on July 29, 2015. During that inspection, Chili’s had the same critical violations listed above, as well as two additional critical violations for a cold food item held above 41 degrees Fahrenheit and an appropriate thermometer not present or used to evaluate food conditions.

According to the Health Department’s grading system, restaurants with a score between 0 and 13 points earn an A, those with 14 to 27 points receive a B and those with 28 or more get a C.

Chili’s had a B rating as of April 8, 2017, its most recent graded inspection.


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