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Wingstop closure

Wingstop in Fairview Plaza closed by Macon County Health Department.

DECATUR — Wingstop, at 1491 W. King St., was closed Tuesday by the Macon County Health Department.

Customers were greeted with a sign announcing the action taped to the glass door by the health department and a note from the management clarifying the reason for the closure.

Mitesh Patel, owner of the restaurant, said the temporary closure is not because of a food issue.

"They now want another certified food handler," he said, referring to the Macon County Health Department. "I have one manager who has a certificate. I have a certificate, but we need two more people."

Patel said he had scheduled training for later in the day for two of his employees. "I hope this afternoon they will give us the permission (to open)," he said.

No one answered a phone number listed for the restaurant at 8 p.m. Tuesday. 

The health department has visited the restaurant eight times in the past four months. The latest inspection was on July 30, which was a follow-up to a complaint a week earlier from a customer citing food quality, cleanliness and bug issues. While nothing related to the original complaint was observed, there were other issues hat required the follow-up.

During the initial visit, the inspector also warned management they would need the proper number of certified food protection managers within 10 days. 

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Contact Donnette Beckett at (217) 421-6983. Follow her on Twitter: @donnettebHR

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