Monday, March 16, 2009

Heartland Cafe's Inconvenient Truths

That big, bright green "LICENSE SUSPENDED" sign is the Big Fear of any restaurant owner, but they only get it if they're running an unhealthy dining establishment. (Click images to enlarge them.) In this photo, taken on Saturday, March 14, owner/partner Michael James stands near the front door, on which the City of Chicago slapped one of those signs last Thursday night/Friday morning. Even though the sign is a nice green, just in time for St. Patrick's Day, there wasn't much festivity at the Heartland Cafe. Friday the 13th was unlucky for them, as it was closed down by the city for having mouse feces "throughout" the place, refrigeration that was too warm, and mold slime in the ice machine. They remain closed today, Monday, March 16. They will probably remain closed on Tuesday, March 17, St. Patrick's Day. As one Rogers Park blogger put it: I used to be a semi-regular customer at Heartland. In the last few years, all the ass-kissing b.s with Joe Moore was a big turnoff, and the deterioration of service and food quality more of a turnoff. Their whiny attitude about these serious health code violations does not exactly entice me to return as a regular. It disgusts me that they would choose to respond in such a childish way. If anything, it would make me inclined to patronize almost any restaurant in the 'hood EXCEPT Heartland. And there are plenty of other neighborhood restaurants that I enjoy. Full Post at Fargo Observer... RELATED: Heartland Cafe Blames City for Health Code Violations Chicago News Bench RSS Feed Cool Stuff...