DECATUR — The
Macon County Health Department Board of Health will hear an appeal on Tuesday to action taken by health officials to revoke the food service permit of Whit’s End in Decatur.
Macon County Health Department inspection of Whit's End
The most recent closure came July 7, following an inspection, based on a customer complaint, which found cockroach activity on the dough press machine/spice rack, the production cooler under the grill, the gap between the walls of the kitchen and prep station, the baseboard near the drive-thru window and the salad prep station. The inspector also noticed heavy house fly activity and several fly strips covered with flies, in addition to flies landing on food and equipment.
The customer who complained had ordered three chicken strip salads to be delivered by Door Dash on July 6, and found a cockroach in the food.
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Previous closures took place in November 2020 for cockroach activity and in March for water and plumbing issues.
The Macon County Food Ordinance dictates that the permit can be revoked for an establishment closed two times in a 12-month period.
The appeal hearing, rescheduled from July 15, is set for 5:30 p.m. in the WIC Conference Room at the Macon County Health Department, 1221 E. Condit, Decatur.
A spokesperson for the restaurant issued a statement in response to a request from the Herald & Review.
The statement reads: “The owners recognized that there are problems and apologizes to the public for any and all shortcomings. We are working to resolve the issues and, ironically, had actually just contracted with a new pest control company to manage all of the businesses with a more aggressive and comprehensive approach. This does include renovations and staff training. … We do recognize we need to improve and we pledge to our customers and the county that we are working to improve.
“It has been a hard year for everyone and all businesses. We hope to open back up soon and that our loyal customer base will return.”
Remember Decatur Celebration 2000? Here's a look back in photos
That's a wrap
STREET MUSIC: Big Chief Larry Bannock and the Golden Star Hunters musical group stroll down Wood Street on Aug. 6, 2000.
WRAPPING UP: Soggy conditions didn't stop Celebration fun on Aug. 5, 2000.
The fun begins
AMUSEMENT FUN: Brittany Cobb, 10, left, raises her arms on the Orient Express roller coaster with friends Larry Bond, 5, center, and Ebony McIntosh, 11, Friday afternoon at Decatur Celebration on Aug. 4, 2000.
Centerstage at the celebration
PARTICIPATION: Jim Cone of Bethany, right, wound up as part of comedian Peter Gross' act during Saturday's festivities on Aug. 5, 2000.
That's a wrap
CELEBRATION REBOUNDS: Thousands of fans line Franklin Street to hear rock 'n' roll legend Eddie Money on Aug. 6, 2000.
ROCKING DECATUR: Taylor Dayne, 80's pop diva, entertained the crowd Sunday at the Decatur Celebration with a mixture of her classic hits on the Funfest Stage on Aug. 6, 2000.
ROCKING DECATUR: Taylor Dayne, '80s pop diva, entertained the crowd Sunday at the Decatur Celebration with a mixture of new and classic hits at the FunFest Stage on Aug. 6, 2000.
ENTERTAINMENT: A member of The Dramatics serenades a large crowd Friday evening at the Funfest Stage near the Decatur Public Library during the first day of the Decatur Celebration on Aug. 4, 2000.
WINNING WAYS: Kathy Hanner of Moweaqua puts the finishing touches on her Spam dragon during Sunday's canned meat-carving contest at the Decatur Celebration on Aug. 6, 2000.
Richie Havens performs on Aug. 6, 2000.
Baseball greats feel at home
BASEBALL GREATS: Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog, with Hall of Fame Cubs Ferguson Jenkinson on his right, signs autographs Saturday at the Decatur Civic Center on Aug. 5, 2000.
Gun lock distribution
GUN SAFETY: Decatur mayor Terry Howley hands out a gun lock to an unidentified woman Friday afternoon during the first day of the Decatur Celebration. The city of Decatur and Project Homesafe planned to distribute approximately 3,000 gun locks during the Celebration. Decatur police officer Mike Evans is in the background on Aug. 4, 2000.
Ready for rain
TAKING NO CHANCES: Virginia Lewis of Decatur was prepared for rain Sunday while waiting for the next performance of a clogging group on William Street on Aug. 6, 2000.
Eddie Money performs on Aug. 6, 2000.
ICE CREAM ON TOP: Taking in all that the Decatur Celebration has to offer, Danny Moyer of Decatur shares an ice cream cone on Sunday his 4-year-old daughter Hailey on Aug. 6, 2000.
One-man band show
SINGLE-HANDED: Arthur Nakane performs his one-man band show Saturday before some of those who braved the weather at Decatur Celebration on Aug. 5, 2000.
Rain or shine
IMPROVISING: Chelsia Norton tries to remain dry as she races for the Decatur Civic Center to see Decatur Celebration grand marshals Whitey Herzog, Lou Brock and Ferguson Jenkins on Aug. 5, 2000.
GIDDY UP: An unidentified boy gets a lift as the rain pours on downtown Decatur and the Decatur Celebration Saturday morning on Aug. 5, 2000.
Rain cancels parade
RUN FOR COVER: Caught in the downpour Saturday at the Decatur Celebration, an unidentified woman races for cover along Franklin Street after the cancellation of the Razzle Dazzle Goodtimes Parade on Aug. 5, 2000.
DROWNED OUT: The Decatur Celebration, billed as the largest street festival in the country, looked like a ghost town after Saturday morning's street-clearing thunderstorm. The storm forced the cancellation of the Razzle Dazzle Goodtimes Parade on Aug. 5, 2000.
LOOKING FOR COVER: Three visitors to the Decatur Celebration Saturday morning walk down Franklin Street seeking more shelter from the downpour of rain. The Razzle Dazzle Goodtimes Parade had to be cancelled due to the severe weather on Aug. 5, 2000.
HERE WE GO: Kent and Jessica Rhoads, along with a fearless Brian Caldwell, all of Decatur, enjoy The Scrambler carnival ride Saturday at the Decatur Celebration on Aug. 5, 2000.
Mr. Potato Head
UP YOU GO: Trying to get Mr. Potato Head off the ground, Jim Seggerman of S.J. Smith Welding Supply adjust the mustache and nose of the balloon for the Razzle Dazzle Goodtimes Parade. The balloon had to be deflated minutes later when the parade was canceled on Aug. 5, 2000.
CLAP ALONG: A Decatur Celebration visitor claps along with the Tokens, backed up by Dr. Wu's Rock'n Soul Revue near the Show Stage Friday afternoon during the Decatur Celebration on Aug. 4, 2000.
CARNIVAL FUN: After winning a stuffed Tweetie Bird at the carnival onSunday, Rasheka Woodland jumps into the arms of her cousin Mikkos Woodland on Aug. 6, 2000.