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8 restaurants fail October health inspections

By Dan Petrella/CU-CitizenAccess -- Eight restaurants in Champaign County failed public health inspections in October, according to new records obtained by CU-CitizenAccess.

Among the failures was Geovanti's Bar & Grill, 401 E. Green St., Champaign. The Campustown restaurant scored 31 out of 100 on its Oct. 20 inspection by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.

The failed inspection was Geovanti's sixth since September 2008, the most of any eatery in the county.

Two restaurants – AnSun, 2411 Village Green Place, Champaign, and Bevande Coffee Shop, 201 N. Goodwin Ave., Urbana – had their permits suspended last month after failing reinspections.

After its Oct. 13 suspension, Bevande was allowed to reopen the following day when inspectors found the coffee shop inside the University of Illinois' Siebel Center for Computer Science was up to code.

AnSun closed its doors in October, citing poor sales, according to The News-Gazette.

CU-CitizenAccess obtained the inspection reports through a Freedom of Information Act request to the public health district. Currently, the district does not publicize the results of its inspections in any form. Other area counties, however, publicize their inspection results online or with letter grades posted in restaurants. 

Earlier this year, CU-CitizenAccess first reported that one in 10 restaurants in Champaign County had failed at least one health inspection during a recent four-year period. (Click here to read more.)

Restaurants and other food-service facilities fail health inspections when they score below 36. The public health district suspends their permits if they receive a negative score, if they fail a mandatory reinspection after failing a routine inspection, or if there are code violations that present an imminent risk to diners’ health.

Eateries are routinely inspected because unsanitary conditions can lead to food-borne illnesses such as salmonella, E. coli and Hepatitis A. Symptoms of food-borne illnesses – which can resemble the intestinal flu – include abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever and dehydration, according to the National Institutes of Health.

The complete list restaurants that failed October inspections is below. Click on the name of a restaurant to view its inspection report. For a complete listing of restaurants that have failed inspections since April 2007, see the map in the sidebar.

October inspection failures

Facility Name Address Inspection Date Inspection Type Adjusted Score
AnSun 2411 Village Green Place, Champaign 10/3/2011 Reinspection 9
Sushi Avenue 403 E. Green St., Champaign 10/3/2011 Routine 7
Colonial Pantry/Godfather's 1201 N. Mattis Ave., Champaign 10/7/2011 Routine 8
Bevande Coffee Shop 201 N. Goodwin Ave., Urbana 10/13/2011 Reinspection 18
Golden Harbor 505 S. Neil St., Champaign 10/18/2011 Routine 25
Geovanti's Bar & Grill 401 E. Green St., Champaign 10/20/2011 Routine 31
Zelma's 1103 W. Windsor Road, Champaign 10/20/2011 Routine 28
Culver's 2302 S. Neil St., Champaign 10/26/2011 Routine 21




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