Two Columbia Restaurants Closed Until New Management Takes Over

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COLUMBIA - Famous Cajun Grill and Stir Fry 88 in the Columbia Mall food court are closed again until new operators step in to run the franchises. Earlier this month, health department officials closed the two restaurants after both failed to meet health codes. Violations included soiled appliances, not dated chicken, and cockroach infestations. 

Recently, the corporate offices of the two franchises revoked the operators' franchise agreements because they failed to meet restaurant standards. This included the operators' failure to pass health code inspections.

Kala Gunier with the Columbia Boone County Department said the department conducted two re-inspections after the initial closure, before allowing the restaurants to reopen. 

"There were still food contact items that were not clean," Gunier said, "They just had not met criteria to be able to reopen."

However, Gunier said the Health Department was not involved in the most recent closure. 

"The closing inspections were conducted on October the 8th in the afternoon and a re-inspection was conducted early in the day on October the 9th. They were able to reopen satisfactorily late afternoon on October the 9th."

Columbia Mall officials refused an interview but provided a statement that said, "The safety and well-being of the customers is very important to us. We are glad to have a change of franchisees and look forward to getting these locations up to a high standard." 

Mall officials also said they do not know when the restaurants will open again. They said it depend on when the corporations find new operators for these two franchises.