LAKE GEORGE -- A Beach Road restaurant has been ordered closed by a Lake George town justice after it repeatedly failed to address fire prevention code violations.
Gyro King was closed Sept. 14 by order of town Justice Michael Stafford after Warren County officials found that the operator refused to install a fire suppression system and range hood for the eatery’s commercial cooking system.
A commercial deep fryer, grill and range were also installed without county permits.
In addition to the closure, Stafford imposed a $2,500 civil penalty. To reopen, the code violations have to be rectified and civil penalty paid.
Stafford’s order came after the Warren County Building Codes office cited the business in August when an inspection found that operator Naeem Yousuf had not installed equipment that is required by state code.
Karen Putney, the director of the county Building Codes office, said her office has been trying to get Yousuf to comply for more than a year.
He was notified of the violations during an inspection last year, and repeatedly advised they needed to be fixed or he faced sanctions, officials said.
“They brought appliances in and installed them with no fire protection,” Putney said. “We’re in year two here and it hasn’t been fixed.”
Yousuf did not respond to the citation, and did not attend the court hearing held Sept. 13.
County Attorney Martin Auffredou said the business has apparently not opened since Stafford’s order was issued.
County building inspectors will check to make sure it remains closed until the necessary equipment is installed, and if needed police will be called to enforce it, he said.
Auffredou said the building’s owner, Thomas Zeppier, and the man to whom he leases the space, Mohammed Tariq, have tried to get Yousuf to comply to no avail. Tariq has subleased the building to Yousuf.
“Mr. Zeppier has indicated he intends to address it,” Auffredou said.
The building sits two doors east of the Canada Street and Beach Road intersection. No one was at the restaurant Monday afternoon, though what appeared to be food was wrapped in aluminum foil on a grill.
Auffredou said the order to shutter the business was the first since the county began its own fire inspections last year.
He said a number of other businesses have been cited, but the owners have generally worked with the county to make the necessary fixes and the court cases have not gone as far as closure being ordered.