An Ocala chicken restaurant has closed its doors following a health inspection last week that cited multiple violations at the eatery.
Open Haus, located at 3105 E Silver Springs Blvd., had posted on its website that it planned to close Monday and Tuesday for staff training and vacations. But late Monday afternoon a post to the eatery’s Facebook page read: “Open Haus is closed permanently. We thank our team and customers for your support.”
The restaurant, which opened just six months ago, had billed itself as having “Probably the Best Chicken in Florida!” And it had touted being named Marion County’s 2019 “King of the Wing.”
The health inspector visited Open Haus on July 25 and cited 15 violations. The eatery was forced to go through a follow-up inspection the following day, which it passed, a report on file with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation shows.
The most egregious violations centered on an employee touching glasses and then salad lettuce without washing hands or changing gloves, a fly found near a milkshake machine, an employee washing hands with cold water because the hot water wasn’t working properly and a butane lighter located on a prep table across from the grill, the report says.
As of late Monday afternoon, Open Haus’ Facebook post had 70 comments, many of whom, said they were sad to see the restaurant close. Others complained slow service and the quality of the food. And one suggested the location on E Silver Springs Boulevard is “cursed.”
Open Haus was open for just under six months in a building that has housed four restaurants in the past couple of years. One of those, Burger 21, survived for a little more than a year before also shutting its doors.