OREGON – Two well-established restaurants recently closed.
The retiring owners of Pizza Hut, 404 E. Washington St., closed the restaurant May 29, while China House Buffet, 509 W. Washington, was closed a month ago, after an Ogle County Health Department inspection turned up multiple violations.
Pizza Hut partners Dave Burke, Don Morin and Marvin Day, who opened about 20 years ago, plan to rent the building, Burke said June 5, while he was at the restaurant getting things in order.
“I miss it already,” he said. “It wasn’t a financial thing – it was a retirement thing. We’re all retirement age. It’s just time.”
China House Buffet was inspected May 12 and found to have several code violations, including “improper temperature and [food] storage practices,” as well as “unsanitary conditions of the food storage areas and the facility in general,” health inspector Chuck Cantrell wrote in a May 16 letter to owner Xiuling Zhang.
The letter went on to note that, at a followup inspection on May 15, the owners told Cantrell that they would not be reopening.
Riley Jacobsen of Rockford, who owns the building that houses China House Buffet, said the restaurant will reopen, but under new management.
“I think Oregon needs a Chinese restaurant,” he said. “A new tenant will be taking over that space in the near future. A major renovation will be taking place first.”