Food Vendor Temporarily Banned From Festivals After Probe

CHICAGO (CBS) — A Logan Square-based food vendor is being probed by the city Health Department, after the Chicago Tribune reported watching the vendor’s workers preparing food under dubious sanitary conditions.

Home Bakery and Festivals, based at 2910 N. Central Park Ave., had been set to provide food at the Taste of Lincoln Avenue, which will be held this weekend along Lincoln between the junctions with Halsted Street and Fullerton Avenue, and Sheffield and Wrightwood avenues.

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But the vendor’s permit was taken away, and the company will be forbidden from providing food at any summer festival until an investigation is completed, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The city requires food vendors to prepare their wares in conditions that city inspectors have deemed sanitary, and are rarely allowed to prepare food outside, the Tribune reported.

But three different times in the past month, the newspaper reported catching workers preparing food in the backyard of the Home Bakery and Festivals headquarters, where hundreds of eggs sat out in the heat, and buckets used for food were washed out with hose water.

The owner of the business, Peter Matyszewski, is well-known in the Polish food industry, the Tribune reported. He cleaned up the business after talking to the Tribune last week, the newspaper reported.

  • Jorge Gomez

    What about putting a ban on all the ILLEGAL push carts all over Brighton Park,Mckinley Park and Pilsen they cook and sell the tacos,tamales,corn in nasty unsanitary conditions.

    • Pothead

      That corn rocks.



  • George Lopez

    @ Sanchez, relax with the !!!!!!!! one ! is enough.

  • D Willi

    Great job Martin!!! And something tells me Gomez is NOT this person’s real name.

  • Jorge Gomez

    7-38-115 Operational requirements.

    (a) Mobile food dispenser vehicles shall move from place to place upon the public ways and shall not be operated at a fixed location except as otherwise provided herein.

    (b) Stops shall be made only to service customers and shall not exceed a total of two hours in any one block. Mobile food vendors may stop to service customers for a period of up to two hours notwithstanding the provisions of the second paragraph of Section 9-64-190(a) of this Code.

    (c) No mobile food dispenser vehicle shall be equipped with any electronic sound-amplifying device. Permitted advertising devices shall be limited to bells, whistles, horns or other musical or noise-making devices which do not employ any electronic sound- amplifying device. Mobile food dispenser vehicles employing musical or noise-making devices shall only sound said devices when traversing the public way and shall be prohibited from sounding said devices while parked.

    (c-5) No mobile food dispenser vehicle equipped with a musical or noise-making device shall sound any such device at any location between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m., or at any time within 200 feet of a hospital, nursing home or while traversing any zone of quiet established under Chapter 10-8 of the Municipal Code.

    (d) No sales from such vehicle shall be made between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m..

    (e) No operator of such vehicle shall park or stand such vehicle within 200 feet of a church, a school or school playground while school is in session.

    (f) No operator of such vehicle shall park or stand such vehicle within 200 feet of any principal customer entrance to a restaurant which is located on the street level.

    Restaurant, for purposes of this section, means any public place at a fixed location kept, used, maintained, advertised and held out to the public as a place where food and drink is prepared and served for the public for consumption on or off the premises pursuant to the required licenses. Such establishments include, but are not limited to, restaurants, coffee shops, cafeterias, dining rooms, eating houses, short order cafes, luncheonettes, grills, tearooms and sandwich shops.

    (g) No sale shall be made from such vehicle except from the curb side thereof, and then only when such vehicle is legally parked.

    (h) Mobile food dispenser vehicles that are being used to provide food and drink to persons engaged in construction in the City of Chicago and which are not equipped with noise-making devices are exempt from the provisions of (b), (d) and (f) above.

    (i) Any person who violates or resists the enforcement of subsection (c-5) of this section shall be fined $500 for each violation. A separate and distinct offense shall be deemed to have been committed for each and every day on which any person shall be guilty of such violation; provided that, the intervening days between when a license holder whose license has been suspended applies for restoration of the license and a reinspection has been conducted by the department of health shall not constitute separate offenses if the violation was found to be corrected upon reinspection. A motor vehicle that is used in a second or subsequent violation of subsection (c-5) of this section shall be subject to seizure and impoundment under this subsection (i). The owner of record of such vehicle shall be liable to the city for an administrative penalty of $750.00 in addition to fees for towing and storage of the vehicle. Whenever a police officer has probable cause to believe that a vehicle is subject to seizure and impoundment pursuant to this subsection, the police officer shall provide for the towing of the vehicle to a facility controlled by the city or its agents. When the vehicle is towed, the police officer shall notify the person who is found to be in control of the vehicle at the time of the alleged violation if there is such a person, of the fact of the seizure and of the vehicle owner’s right to request a preliminary hearing to be conducted under Section 2-14-132 of this Code. The provisions of Section 2-14-132 shall apply whenever a motor vehicle is seized and impounded pursuant to this section. A violation of any provision of this section other than subsection (c-5) shall be punishable under Section 7-38-575.

    (Added Coun. J. 6-10-96, p. 23652; Amend Coun. J. 9-5-01, p. 66021, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 7-26-06, p. 81824, § 2)
    7-38-120 Sinks, water storage tanks and other plumbing requirements.

    All mobile food dispenser vehicles shall be equipped with a handwashing sink and an adequate supply of running hot water. The hot water storage tank shall be self-draining and cleaned and flushed not less than twice in each six-month period. Liquid waste from the handwashing sink shall be piped in fixed piping to a wastewater retention storage container or tank of adequate size not located in food storage or food serving sections of the vehicle. The connection between piping from sink and wastewater container shall be tight-fitting and comply with the plumbing provisions of this Code. The wastewater tank or container shall be emptied daily or more often if necessary, and only into a sanitary drainage facility in a manner and place approved by the department of health.

    (Added Coun. J. 6-10-96, p. 23652)
    7-38-125 Refuse receptacles.

    The operator shall maintain a suitable, tight, non- absorbent washable receptacle for refuse. He shall be responsible for sanitation of the environs of the place of operation. Said refuse receptacle shall be adjacent to, but not an integral part of, the mobile food dispenser unit.

    (Added Coun. J. 6-10-96, p. 23652)

  • Jorge Gomez

    You tell me they follow all of these laws above too right? your full of it they sit in front of churches and schools and sit on street corners for hours. And not to mention the ice cream trucks and corn carts that are blowing their horns and music playing after 11:30.I work for the city and you can’t get permits for corn carts only the ice cream carts you have no running water to wash hands or utensils.And Dirty Sanchez don’t question me on my name I didn’t question or ask if you had a real SS# either.

    • Pothead

      JORGE , So you’re a city workin leech and you want to deprive them of making a living. TYPICAL ! Keep the carts comimg Martin , I like the food.



    • jack

      Hey Jorge – chill out – you don’t like – you don’t eat from the food carts – me – I love the push carts – good food.

      Were you just waiting to spring the rules and regs of Chicago on us

  • Pothead

    You can tell Jorge works for the city. He’s probably at work right now and he took the time to type out all that drivel.

  • Larry

    Someone forgot to pay off the City. Oops.

    I never eat food at fests. Too scary for me. Beer only.

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