By Heather Collins
Square Donuts on Range Line Road in Carmel has “closed for reorganization until further notice” according to a sign in its window.
The closure comes after the Marion County Health Dept. found four critical violations at the Square Donuts bakery, 6416 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. A complaint spurred the health department to investigate the bakery Aug. 14, and as a result of its findings it ordered the bakery to close until it had taken steps to address some of the problems.
The Aug. 14 Food Service Establishment Inspection Report states that critical violations included gnats on donuts in rolling carts, water leaks and blocked hand-washing sinks. Other violations included open doors, water-damaged ceiling tiles and open Dumpster lids. The health department fined Square Donuts $750 for repeat violations and issues contributing to the pest problems.
“This facility has an extremely heavy gnat infestation,” states the Aug. 14 Food Service Establishment Inspection Report. “This has been a problem in the past. This issue must be addressed and eliminated. A closure notice was issued today and all gnats must be eliminated and the facility completely cleaned in order to be reopened.”
The health department re-checked the facility on Aug. 17 and still found critical violations. On Aug. 18, the department visited again and confirmed that the critical violations had been fixed. It cleared Square Donuts to begin resuming operations.
Officials from Square Donuts did not respond to multiple requests for comment. The Carmel location did not have any critical violations in its last inspection, conducted April 4 by the Hamilton County Health Dept.