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City buffet restaurant is back in business after getting hit with health dept. shutdown order

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Fujiyama Grill & Buffet re-opened Wednesday, one day after Allen County health inspectors ordered the business closed for "willful violation" of Governor Holcomb's protocols for restaurants under a COVID-19 executive order.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - A northside buffet restaurant closed down Tuesday because the Allen County Health Department said it failed to obey COVID-19 protocols has gotten the green light to re-open.

Fujiyama Grill and Buffet is back in business-- at least for now.

The eating establishment across from Glenbrook Mall was put under a temporary shutdown after inspectors said it did not abide by rules under Governor Eric Holcomb's executive order for restaurants.

However, Wednesday, Allen County Health Department inspectors gave the go ahead for the business to resume operations.

Health department records show that in a series of inspections, including ones on June 23rd and July 6th, patrons of Fujiyama Buffet were found to be serving themselves, not allowed under new protocols.

Tuesday, an inspector determined due to "willful violations" of the governor's order, the business was forced to shut down immediately, a report saying, "resumption of operations shall only occur upon compliance with applicable laws."

Fujiyama managers invited us in Wednesday to show us that now customers wanting to fill their plates from food trays must get a restaurant employee wearing gloves and a mask to do it for them.

Health officials are apparently comfortable about progress made to permit re-opening for the time being.

In response to a records request from the county health department, we've learned that besides the Fujiyama case, Baba's at 1520 North Wells Street has endured a closure order for COVID-19 related issues.

Reports show that multiple times back in June, inspectors found Baba's staff not wearing masks while preparing food.

The place has re-opened after addressing the problems.

Fujiyama must pass a follow-up inspection on Thursday July 9th to remain in the health department's good graces.

Jeff Neumeyer

Jeff Neumeyer is a reporter for WPTA.

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