Hearty Boys catering reopens after food safety violations

  • By Amy Lee
  • Transit reporter
  • September 10, 2008 @ 5:30 PM

Famous Hearty Boys catering opened for business today after being shut down Tuesday by the Chicago Department of Public Health for food safety violations.

City inspectors discovered the establishment at 3819 N. Broadway in Lakeview lacked running water and its walk-in cooler broken and food inside the cooler being stored in unsafe temperatures, health department officials said in a press release today.

Hearty Boys Spokeswoman Lara Shipp of LKLS Public Relations said the eatery was closed for about 16 hours due to a "pipe issue" that has since been fixed and the establishment is again open for business. Shipp said she could not comment on the allegations of unsafe food storage.

Officials with the city's health department did not return calls seeking comment today.

Owners Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh bill themselves as "The Hearty Boys." In 2005, they achieved national recognition on a Food Network series, which led to their own show, "Party Line with the Hearty Boys."

Smith and McDonagh also operate HB: A Hearty Boys Spot at 3404 N. Halsted and have written a cookbook.

The inspection was triggered by a person who called 311 to report the lack of running water at the facility, according to health department officials. The enforcement action was the 173rd time health department officials shut down a food establishment for code violations, officials say.


Amy Lee is a Chicago-based journalist. She covers transit issues for the Daily News.