Health inspector writes up Redd's Snapper Seafood for multiple violations
Courtny Gerrish reportsPhoto: Video by tmj4.com
MILWAUKEE- A spot on Milwaukee's northwest side with two bad health inspections in less than a year. Now a retired businessman is getting involved to save the restaurant and jobs.
Redd's Snapper Seafood on 60th and Lisbon. The latest health inspection turned up four pages of violations. Things like cross contamination issues that could make customer's sick. Food not kept cold enough in a display case, old fish particles on a band saw, and a mop used to clean up fish blood not sanitized and then used on other areas.
But when we stopped by we learned a Milwaukee businessman is turning things around. "We put in new equipment, we've done a lot of cleaning, a lot of fixing" Bill Latz told us. Since he retired last year, Latz says he was looking for a project and a challenge. He knows the owner of Redd's, and she needed help. "I'm working with the people here to try and save the business and make it work."
He's also trying to save jobs. This restaurant is a staple in this part of town and according to Latz the employees have been working there for many years.
Now those employees are learning new habits, ones that comply with the health code. "They're doing business a lot like they would do it at home and you can't do that in a restaurant," Latz commented.
He walked us through the restaurant, showing us what he's fixed. First on the list, the cross contamination issues. Latz told us "to make sure that everything we're handling and selling is top quality." So the customers who've come to this family owned restaurant for years keep coming back.
Latz is now co-owner and is also handling the money side of the business. He plans to get the restaurant on its feet and then step aside.