Inspectors call southwest Columbus restaurant ‘danger to public health’

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It’s been a busy 24 hours for the Franklin County Public Health Department.

On Tuesday, after a string of poor inspections and repeat critical violations, inspectors closed Family Dollar at 5950 Westerville Road in Westerville. Pictures provided to NBC 4 Investigator Tom Sussi show dirty and grimy shelves, floors and ceilings; holes in the wall and cluttered and dirty bathroom and storage areas.

Inspectors return next Thursday. If Family Dollar passed the inspection, it’s likely it will re-open. If the business doesn’t pass, it’s back before the Board on September 11. The Board could decide to strip Family Dollar of its license to sell food products.

Wednesday afternoon, inspectors declared Delicias Grill, 375 Georgesville Road, a “danger to public health,” and issued the business owner an emergency cease and desist order.

Pictures provided to us by inspectors show trays of uncovered meat, sauces and drinks holding at a dangerous 52 degrees inside the walk-in cooler; bugs crawling on food cutting boards; filthy floors and stacks of dirty dishes. The restaurant also stored food inside an old trailer parked behind the building.

A nearby dumpster is filled to the brim with trash removed from inside the restaurant.

Delicias Grill will remain closed until it gets back Up To Code, and passes inspection.

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