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Health Department Forces Downtown Restaurant to Close

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Health Department Forces Downtown Restaurant to Close
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Criollo, the Peruvian restaurant that opened on East Gay Street in October 2018, has been shut down by the Health Department for operating without a food service operation license. 

The restaurant had been open intermittently for several weeks, but an “emergency notice of violation and order to correct” was posted on Criollo’s door as of Wednesday, March 13.

“The Food Service Operation Criollo located at 51 E. Gay St…was found to be in violation of the Ohio Revised Code; such violation constitutes a an [sic] imminent danger to the public health,” the notice reads. “An emergency exists which requires immediate action to protect the public health, safety and welfare.”

Owner Guillermo Perez, who also owns Si Señor, did not respond to a request for comment as of press time. Criollo’s Facebook page has provided no additional information either. Si Señor has three locations – Downtown, on the Scioto Mile and Grandview; they remain open.

Per the order, Criollo is to remain closed until Perez complies with the emergency notice and obtains a food service operation license.

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