Shoo-Fly Diner was closed by the Baltimore City Health Department on Friday after inspectors found unapproved canned products in the restaurant's on-site canning and preserving facilities. The Health Department's closure was related only to procedural issues and not for actual health violations.
Shoo-Fly Diner and the canning operations, known as the Canning Shed, are both part of the Woodberry Kitchen restaurant group, which includes Artifact Coffee, Parts & Labor and the flagship restaurant, Woodberry Kitchen.
According to health department spokesman Michael Schwartzberg, the canning operation had receveived health department approval to process and preserve some specific food items, such as jams and jellies, but not others, such pickled vegetables.
Friday's inspection was initiated when what appeared to be unapproved canned products, evidently sourced from the Canning Shed, were seen at another location in the city. The health department did not say whether that location was part of the Woodberry group.
The violations were addressed while the inspectors were still on the premises, the spokesman said, and the restaurant and the canning operations were reopened within hours of their having been closed. Such a quick re-opening is not unusual, Schwartzberg.
Shoo-Fly has no record of previous closings by the health department, according to Schwartzberg.
Representatives from Woodberry were not immediately available.