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Beach House, 2301 E. Lake Shore Drive. (copy)

The Beach House restaurant is shown in this 2015 file photo. 

DECATUR — The owner of the Beach House is disputing some of the Macon County Health Department's findings during a routine health inspection that resulted in the one-day closure of the popular laskeside restaurant. 

Todd Mason on Thursday said a pest control service sprayed the restaurant about 30 minutes after the inspection and found no signs of fruit flies that were mentioned in the report. He also said mouse droppings that were reportedly observed during the inspection were not actually mouse droppings, and said the inspector examined that area from a six-foot distance. 

On Friday, the Herald & Review obtained a copy of the report of the inspection that allowed the restaurant to reopen through a Freedom of Information Act request. 

A statement from Nelson's Pest Control showed the restaurant was treated for fruit flies in the drains and kitchen area. The company also inspected for mice, the statement said, and found "old evidence." 

Kathy Wade, the health department's director of environmental health, on Friday declined to comment on Mason's specific disputes with the inspection, as she had not had a chance to read the inspection reports. 

However, she said that restaurant owners who take issue with health department inspections are free to reach out to the department.

"We want to make sure that everyone is on the same page," Wade said. "We want everyone to succeed."

The Beach House, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, had its permit revoked Tuesday after it received a score of 57 out of 100 during a health inspection, according to an inspection report obtained by the Herald & Review through a Freedom of Information Act request. The restaurant was required to correct violations and pay a $75 fee before it could reopen, the documents said. 

Among the violations noted in the report, which also included photos, were the presence of mouse droppings; raw meat being stored above ready-to-eat food; fruit flies drawn to a spoiled pineapple top left in standing water; and cigarette butts and ashes left in the sink of a dry storage area. 

Beach House

In a post on its Instagram page, the Beach House announced that it had reopened after being shut down for one day by the Macon County Health Department. 

The health department inspects all restaurants in the county routinely and in response to complaints. Restaurants that score below 60 are closed automatically and must be inspected again before they can reopen. A score of 84 or below requires re-inspection within 30 days.

Mason said that he was "overwhelmed" by the amount of messages of support that the restaurant has received in the wake of the closure and reopening. 

"The support that we've had, it almost brings a tear to my eye," he said. 

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Contact Jaylyn Cook at (217) 421-7980. Follow him on Twitter: @jaylyn_HR


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Public safety reporter for the Herald & Review.

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