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Upscale Grocer In Streeterville Closes After Health Violations

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Fox & Obel in Streeterville (CBS)

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(CBS) – An upscale Chicago gourmet grocery store was shut down Monday by the Chicago Health Department.

Fox & Obel, in the Streeterville neighborhood, closed abruptly. A sign on the door said the closure, for the remainder of the day, was “due to an emergency.”

The store apparently is in the process of complying with several critical health code violations.

An inspection report said:

-There were 30 live cockroaches on the wall of a food preparation area.

-Hundreds of live fruit flies were observed.

-The food-prep area needed a thorough cleaning.

-The floors needed to be re-grouted.

The city’s first inspection at the store occurred July 5 after a resident filed a complaint, Brian Richardson, a spokesperson for the health department,  tells CBS 2.

Inspectors found serious and critical violations, setting the stage for a follow-up inspection 10 days later, he said. Grocers could pass another inspection and reopen.

No one could be reached at Fox & Obel.

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