New China Wok pays fines, will stay open

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October 5, 2012 by Sarah M

By Nick Halter

Embattled takeout restaurant New China Wok at 50th and France has paid its fines and prevented a pending city-ordered shutdown.

It didn’t come at a cheap price, as owner Xiu Ben Lan had to pay $17,100 for violations dating back to 2008 that included issues with mice and mice droppings.

Lan was shut down by the city in August because of ongoing violations, but he has since hired a consultant to help him deal with the problems. The city allowed him to re-open shortly thereafter, but still tried to yank the restaurant’s business license because of the fines.

Lan had until today’s City Council meeting to come up with the money, or he would have been shut down. Cain said his client paid the fines in full. The City Council pulled the shutdown item from its agenda before today’s meeting.  

Lan’s attorney, Michael Cain, said the restaurant now meets all city food standards.

“He absolutely has a kitchen that is in full compliance with the food code and all of the food health and safety standards,” Cain said. “He’s working closely with the city to sustain the program that he has set in place to ensure compliance moving forward and he’s worked hand-in-hand with the city and licensing to fulfill all of their requirements.

“There’s no reason whatsoever that anybody should hesitate to go eat there.”

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