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‘Unlicensed’ Dayton-area pizza place could be shut down

A lawsuit filed on behalf of Public Health — Dayton & Montgomery County seeks to shut down a Riverside pizza place that officials say is unlicensed and hasn’t been inspected.

“They do not have a license to operate as a food establishment,” said Dan Suffoletto, spokesman with Public Health — Dayton & Montgomery County.

The owner, Wei Li, says he is working to address the issues, which arose after his business moved locations.

Wei’s Pizza at 605 Spinning Road has continued to operate even though it has been instructed to suspend operations until the business is licensed and can show it is in compliance with building and fire codes, according to the civil complaint submitted by the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s office.

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Wei’s Pizza was previously at 2024 Salem Ave. in Dayton.

There were no issues when Wei’s Pizza operated on Salem Avenue, but when it moved to the Spinning Road address, the owner never obtained a new food service operation license, as required by law, said Greg Flannagan, spokesman for the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

The prosecutor’s office is asking Montgomery County Common Pleas Court for a temporary or permanent injunction against Wei’s Pizza. 

Public health regulates and inspects restaurants, and Wei’s Pizza has been told multiple times it has to be licensed to stay open, Suffoletto said.

The civil complaint says a plans examiner and sanitarian gave Li an inspection report in November 2016 outlining what he needed to do to become licensed and properly open the business.

Reached by phone, Wei said he will take care of the issues. He said there were never any problems until his business moved.

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