City code enforcers: Gatsas checks the checkers
Just before Independence Day, a city code enforcement officer ordered KC’s Rib Shack on the West Side to shut down its outdoor tiki bar. The officer cited a dozen code violations, many of them minor. The most serious were some potential fire hazards. KC’s owner Kevin Cornish and West Side Alderman Phil Greazzo called the action unnecessary and overly burdensome. They were right that the city should have worked with KC’s to fix the problems quickly while letting the tiki bar remain open. If the safety hazards were so great that they warranted immediate closure of the bar area, then why did the inspector wait a week after his inspection to order the bar closed?