Restaurants Feel Permit Pinch

The annual list is out and the Health Department is again threatening to close down restaurants if they don't pay up.

With brand new renovations and no customers, Taste of Thailand brothers Faruk and Farick knew something was wrong.

Farick Wanna told us about the, “really odd phone calls: ‘are you closing right now?’ And I've never heard of that in my 15 year experience."

They quickly learned they were in jeopardy of being closed along with several other businesses for not paying the Health Department's annual food and drink permit, a mistake Faruk said was an honest one.

“I think I misplaced somewhere, somehow,” he said. “This is big to us. This is my business. I'm not going to put my business at risk for just a bill."

Many of the business owners we talked to said that the threat of closing down their business blows this permit out of proportion but they say it has had an impact on business in just one day."

Taste of Thailand had only had two customers Tuesday. Nichole Nervig said she was shocked walking into the empty restaurant.

“It's not normally like this,” she said. “It's really full all the time. I love this place!"

The Wanna brothers can still pay the permit along with a late fee. They say they’ll go to the Health Department first thing Wednesday morning.

Faruk said, “We will make sure the city gets paid right on time, believe me."

The list of businesses on the Health Department's list is far fewer than last year. Dozens of places received warnings then.

As of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Douglas County Health Department had not received a food permit payment from the following businesses.

Dreisbach's Steaks Inc. Permit fee: $382.00, Late fee: $100.00, Total: $482.00

Hillside Bar: Permit fee $206.00, Late fee: $100.00, Total: $306.00

Lazeez: Permit fee: $584.00, Late fee: $100.00, Total: $684.00

Shawn's Breakfast and More: Permit fee: $481.00, Late fee: $100.00, Total: $581.00

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