Como's owner: 'We will reopen'
Ferndale — The owner of Como's Pizza in Ferndale said Wednesday his restaurant is temporarily closed.
"We will reopen," George Grego said through a spokeswoman. "We look forward to making pizzas again soon."
The long-time eatery on Woodward at Nine Mile Road closed because of health code violations, according to Leigh-Anne Stafford, Health Officer of the Oakland County Health Division.
"The food service appeal board accepted the recommendation of Oakland County Health Division and are upholding food service license revocation," Stafford said.
Stafford said the department has continuously addressed issues at Como's and said after they racked up many violations and 13 recommendations, it was time to revoke their license.
Como’s had been cited over the past few years for issues with cleanliness, problems with the sewage system, unsafe food temperatures, and insects.
The violations included: documentation violations, two full-time certified food service managers should be present during all shifts, employees not certified managers did not attend a basic food safety courses provided by Oakland County, did not reduce cross-contamination between fresh seafood and whole muscle beef and pork and failed to separate vegetarian. The restaurant did not provide or have records of employee training, lacked quality assurance checklists completed during each manager shift, did not keep proper cleaning logs, inventory and temperature logs.
Other violations included: the eatery did not provide documentation that they are working with a licensed pest control company. After earlier closings due to health violations Como's failed to have all equipment reserviced before reopening or checked every three months by the health department, Stafford said.
County officials last shuttered the restaurant for violations in September 2016. It reopened the following November with a new chef, new menu and new kitchen.