Wine bar’s lack of health permit likely means it will stay closed
“It’s the business operators’ responsibility to do their homework and find out what permits they’re required to obtain,” Coleman said. While the city issued the wine bar a conditional use permit and a business license, those were not meant to be proof that the business could open, said Coleman and Assistant City Manager Ken Duran. “It doesn’t necessarily mean that all requirements have been met,” Duran said. “It’s up to the business owner to meet all of the requirements for their business.” At a recent City Council meeting, residents, business owners and some council members expressed dismay that the wine bar was closed down by the health department. Some blamed the closure on Sid Maksoudian, who is working to open a gourmet liquor store down the street from the wine bar. Maksoudian denied being the first person to call the health department, saying that by the time he contacted health officials, the department had already inspected the wine bar and knew about the missing health permit. “Even if I was the person who blew the whistle, what have I done wrong?” Maksoudian said, pointing out that Daniels was the one breaking the law by failing to have a health permit. He called on the Chamber of Commerce to keep Daniels off their board, for running an illegal business, and sent a letter to the City Council requesting that they revoke the wine bar’s conditional use permit for failing to have a health permit. The issue is on Tuesday’s council agenda. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN DIMAS – The popular San Dimas Wine Shop and Tasting Room, which the county health department shut down in March for lacking a health permit, probably won’t reopen, its owner said. The requirements to get the health permit – installing a hand sink and a mop sink, and converting the restroom to separate men’s and women’s rooms, among other things – would likely cost more than the business could bear, owner Heidi Daniels said. She and her father, Jerry, have run the store in downtown San Dimas for about a year and a half. “I don’t want to leave San Dimas. I’m just heartbroken over this,” she said Friday. “We’re getting lots of well-wishers and people telling us not to leave, but even if we spent the money and decided to stay here, we’d be financially ruined.” Daniels and her father are considering reopening the tasting room in a code-compliant building in Glendora, she said. She said she took responsibility for not having a health permit, adding “I had no idea that we needed a health permit” for wine tasting. “It’s difficult for me to understand how the city would allow someone to come in without having them meet health code requirements, but everyone wants to say that it’s just not their jurisdiction,” Daniels said. The store, which held wine tastings, served cheese and crackers, and sold wine and microbrews, was open for almost a year and a half before the health department closed it. The city doesn’t ensure that businesses have all the necessary permits from other agencies, said Dan Coleman, director of development services in the Planning Department.