By Avery Wenck
The Omaha News
Last week a controversial list was released by the Omaha Health Department naming 165 restaurants to be closed down in the Omaha area.
Many customers and owners were shocked such a list would be made public without any notice. Chris Janicek is the owner of Cupcake Omaha he said he has dealt with issues with the Health Department for more than 10 years.
Many people questioned the publicity and timing of the list, which seemed to try to publicly shame restaurants who were not paid up.
The article the list was released with also had a headline that read: “165 restaurants to be closed in 2016 by the Health Department.” This made it seem as though the restaurants were not operating in a clean matter. The issue owners are having is that some of the restaurants named only have beer licenses, which cost 168 dollars, and don’t even have kitchens. Janicek thinks this move by the Health Department was calculated.
“I think it was a calculated move to make businesses look bad and we have been dealing with these issues for a long time now,” Janicek said.
The list isn’t thought to have affected any of the businesses named, however they will all be looking for a response from the Health Department to clear the air.