TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The Tippecanoe County Health Department revoked Ichiban Sichuan Restaurant's food permit after a formal meeting Wednesday morning.
Dr. Jeremy Adler, who works for the health department, said he sees no other option.
In the past year, Ichiban had 101 health violations. 63 of those were listed as critical and 42 were repeated. Health Administrator Craig Rich said they had 8 inspections, an informal meeting, and an educational seminar to help Ichiban comply.
He said it's the first time in 28 years the department has shut down a restaurant in this way.
News 18 also learned Ichiban received nine additional critical violations during the Taste of Tippecanoe this past weekend.
"I know it was hot but knowing that we are going to be watching them and seeing those kind of violations was another indication," said Rich.
"Seems like it's very quick," said Ichiban owner Wei Ping. "It ended before we realized what was going on. That does not mean that we are against the results because it's true we have so many violations. But we should have a better chance to explain ourselves."
The decision is final and immediate but Ping could ask to reopen in a year.
He didn't seem open to the idea at first.
"No. Well, not sure," said Ping. "Not saying no, I'm not sure."
The Tippecanoe County Health Department and the City of Lafayette will keep a close eye on the restaurant to make sure it stays closed.
We will follow up to see what the plans are for that space in the future.
Ping said he owns other Ichiban locations in other counties so he will continue running those for now.
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