The Taste Bar and Kitchen restaurant in Midtown Houston has been closed by the Houston Health Department after a failed inspection

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Health inspectors exited the Taste Bar and Kitchen in midtown Houston with a list of violations that prompted them to temporarily close the restaurant Friday afternoon.

In her report, a Houston Department of Health inspector found that four of the refrigerators on the property were warmer than the required temperature. They should be below 41 degrees. However, the inspector found that one fridge was up to 80 degrees.

A health department spokesman said they found food that wasn’t being kept at the right temperature, equipment that had a history of being red-labelled was still in use, a walk-in cooler that hadn’t been approved, and effective countermeasures to prevent the presence of rodents and insects that are not taken, and flies in the kitchen.

The inspector said they also found “dirty debris” on the kitchen wall and in the utensils washing area, dust build-up in the bathroom vents and excessive heat in the kitchen.

Several of the issues identified by the inspector were repeat violations, according to HHD.

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Dozens of customers came to eat at the restaurant on Friday, only to find it wasn’t open.

The restaurant can reopen once they fix their violations and pass a subsequent inspection.

In response, one of the owners, Chef Don Bowie, told ABC13 that his landlord is trying to harass him by filing complaints with the health department.

Bowie is involved in court with his landlord over disputes over the lease and the condition of the property.

ABC13 has recently reported that Bowie is being sued by his co-owner of Taste Bar and Kitchen and his new restaurant, Rare. He co-owns the steakhouse with Texas legend Andre Johnson and singer/songwriter Akon.

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