Bonchon Fried Chicken, a popular restaurant in Newark, was forced to close it doors.
According to delawareonline.com, The state Division of Public Health has closed Bonchon Korean Fried Chicken for “imminent health hazards” after an Aug. 21 fire in the kitchen of the new fast-casual restaurant in Newark’s former College Square shopping center, now called The Grove at Newark.”
“After an Aug. 24 restaurant visit by a public health inspector, a cease-and-desist order was issued, effective immediately, according to state public health records requested by Delaware Online/The News Journal.”
The article continued and said, “Imminent hazards exist” due to a fire in the kitchen area, according to a report. The owner said “the fire happened around 1 a.m. Sunday, August 21, 2022. The fire was on the bottom of the deep fryer and damaged the deep fryer. The Ansul system or fire alarms did not go off,” according to the report.
The store owner came to the site on Aug. 21 around 10 a.m. and “saw that the deep fryer had caught on fire,” the inspection report reads.
Bonchon Chicken must be re-inspected by the state before it can reopen, Rick Hong, the division’s acting director, wrote in an Aug. 24 letter. Reopening without prior approval of the Division of Public Health will result in fines up to $1,000.