Popular Indy donut shop faces health code violations

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. –   A spot known for its uniquely shaped donuts is working to improve conditions after facing citations from the Marion County Health Department.

Inspectors found 14 critical and 14 non-critical violations at Square Donuts, 6416 W. Washington, in June. A new complaint Monday, October 31, led to another inspection and more violations cited.

A FOX59 viewer sent the newsroom photos showing what he said were filthy conditions at the donut shop. So, the Dirty Dining team started reviewing health inspection records.

The critical violations included things like gnats found in the cinnamon sugar mix, an employee not wearing gloves and lack of hand washing. The inspector gave the business a $500 fine. Health department officials said the shop’s license was suspended until all the issues were addressed.

Square Donuts was shut down on June 6 and reopened on June 7. Four rechecks followed until all of the shop’s violations were fixed.

The Dirty Dining team stopped by Square Donuts on Friday. A man who identified himself as the manager said he was unaware of any health code violations. We asked if he could show us the kitchen area to show the improvements they had made and he said he could not allow us into that area.

Shortly after our visit, the owner of Square Donuts called the FOX59 newsroom. Mike O’Leary said he believes a disgruntled former employee sent the photos. He also said he fired the manager and bakers who were responsible for the June violations.

O’Leary said the photos do not reflect the current conditions at Square Donuts. He also emphasized his efforts to be in compliance with the health department.

Health department officials tell FOX59 they cited some violations during the October 31 inspection. Those records will not become public until next week. O’Leary said there were four violations found and they were mostly corrected on site.

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