Two restaurants located in the University-owned Harper Court complex, both of which have yet to open to the public, have failed health inspections in the past few weeks.
Native Foods, a vegan restaurant, and Porkchop, which primarily serves BBQ and liquor, were inspected on February 11 and February 13, respectively.
The inspections, which were conducted by the Chicago Department of Public Health, noted a lack of separation between food preparation space and customer seating as a critical issue with both restaurants.
In the case of Porkchop, the inspection also cited the existence of “a black substance on ice cubes inside of the ice machine.”
According to Brian Richardson, spokesman for the Chicago Department of Public Health, most restaurants pass their first inspection. “Seventy percent of restaurants pass the first time,” he said.
Richardson also noted that restaurants may not open until they pass. Both restaurants are scheduled to open in early March and are in the process of hiring employees.
Representatives from neither Native Foods nor Porkchop could be reached for comment regarding the inspections.