Around 100 bars and restaurants face potential closings as the Douglas County Health Department faces an unprecedented problem with unpaid food and drink permits. According to the Health Department, the permits are unpaid, despite operators knowing payment is due every January 1st.
“It is against the law to operate without a food and drink permit,” said Health Director Dr. Adi Pour. “Those establishments must pay their permit fee or they will be closed.”
All food and drink operations received an invoice in January and officials said they have been contacted either by phone or in person since. The businesses, including restaurants and bars, now face a $100 late fee. If a business is closed, there is a $200 fee on top of the permit cost and late charge before they can reopen.
Dr. Pour pointed out that operating without a permit is a misdemeanor under the municipal code and operators are subject to prosecution, including fines and jail time. The closings begin next week.
Here is the list of businesses provided to Channel 6 News.
These establishments have paid:
The Draft House
All Nations Grocery
My Way Lounge
FSI (Food Service Incorporated)
O Face Bar
Starsky’s - both locations
Capitol Lounge and Supper Club
déjà vu Lounge
Fan Tan Club
Workers Take Out
Down Under Bar
MOJO Smokehouse and Ales
These establishments have closed:
Tap Dancers Hot Dog Cart
The Practice Tee
Omaha Tortilla Co.
Doc’s (South 89th)
East African Grocery (48th and Q)
Paradise Today Café