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Little Annie’s fined for health violation

Aspen Times Staff Report

Little Annie’s Eating House has been fined for a health violation noted in several inspections by a city official.

The popular restaurant was assessed a $500 fine – technically a civil assessment – for violations related to the improper cooling of foods. Payment of the fine, however, was deferred by the city’s Environmental Health Department so the restaurant could put the money toward a new refrigeration unit instead, said Jannette Whitcomb, the city’s food program manager.

“We have the ability to defer the fee, and we did in this case,” she said.

The new cooling unit has been purchased and is now in use, according to Marc Zachary, general manager at Little Annie’s.

“Our situation stems from faulty equipment. That piece of equipment was replaced two days after our last inspection,” he said.

The Hyman Avenue restaurant, open for lunch and dinner, serves more than 100,000 meals a year, Zachary noted.

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“I think if we had a genuine problem with food service, our customers would know it by now,” he said.

Whitcomb said Little Annie’s was cited for several violations during a routine inspection in February 2001. Most of the violations were noted again during a follow-up inspection in March 2001, but they were all corrected when she inspected the restaurant last May.

Violations related to the cooling and cold storage of food were again noted during the restaurant’s next regular inspection, which occurred in January. The violations were noted again this month, resulting in the deferred fine.

Another follow-up inspection will occur next month, according to Whitcomb.