FERNDALE (WWJ) — A popular Metro Detroit restaurant has been forced to closed its doors due to health code concerns.
Como’s Restaurant in downtown Ferndale was ordered to close by the Oakland County Department of Health after concerns of personal hygiene among workers and cross contamination of food.READ MORE: Michigan Matters: The Political Road Ahead
“This is a longstanding restaurant in the community, they’ve been around since the 60s, and it’s not our goal to take them out of business,”said George Miller, director of Health and Human Services for Oakland County.
Como’s — on Woodard Avenue at Nine Mile Road — has previously had its liquor license suspended by the state for failing to pay fines on time.
“It’s our goal to get their attention, to work with them and to get them open as quickly as we can,” Miller said.READ MORE: 'My Name Is Sara' Film On Holocaust Survivor Premieres In Metro Detroit
Having first first opened in 1961, the Como’s is in the process of hiring a certified food manager in an effort to get back up to code and reopen again.
“We go in and train and retrain and try to educate people on what is the proper practices,” Miller said. “And when we go back and find the same mistakes over and over again, it kind of lets us know that there’s a whole mentality problem with how potentially the operation of the restaurant is going.”
Miller said there have been no reported illnesses from customers.MORE NEWS: Dearborn Homecoming Festival Kicks Off This Weekend
Como’s Facebook page says the restaurant is going to be closed for the next few weeks to “get a facelift” and undergo a renovation and remodel.