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Fort Worth taco restaurant closed by health inspectors

The Yucatan Taco Stand restaurant on West Magnolia Avenue will remain closed until refrigeration repairs are completed and the property passes a new health inspection, a city spokeswoman confirmed Thursday.

The 11-year-old restaurant, 909 W. Magnolia Ave., was ordered closed Wednesday for violations including inadequate refrigeration.

Results of inspectors’ latest visit were not available early Thursday. When the restaurant was inspected Aug. 7, city staffers found several critical infractions including unclean food preparation surfaces, inadequate refrigeration, a wastewater backup and improper food storage.

The door to Yucatan Taco Stand was padlocked after health inspectors closed it. Bud Kennedy

The restaurant was given 34 demerits on a scale of 0-100. Yucatan corrected some problems and was reinspected the next day, but still drew 11 demerits, including critical violations for unclean food preparation surfaces and residue inside the ice machine.

The restaurant, known for its sprawling patio, last posted on Facebook July 24 about National Tequila Day.

With the exception of one post about Father’s Day dining, the restaurant has solely promoted drinks and bartenders, not food, on its Facebook page in recent months.

Yucatan opened as a follow-up venture for the late chef Paul Willis after he helped create Fuzzy’s Taco Shops. It has changed hands through the years.

Other locations in Dallas, Houston and Southlake have closed.

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Columnist Bud Kennedy is a Fort Worth guy who covered high school football at 16 and has moved on to two Super Bowls, seven political conventions and 15 Texas Legislature sessions. Since 1985, he has also written more than 2,000 “Eats Beat” columns about Texas dining, restaurants and food.