Local Health Officials Close Tuscan for Weekend

An anonymous caller told New Canaan's Health Department that Tuscan Osteria and Mercato was operating without hot water. It will be closed until at least Tuesday.

The owner of , which was recently voted by Patch readers as New Canaan's "," said his Main Street restaurant will be closed until at least Tuesday as he waits for the town's and Departments to inspect a new hot water heater that was recently installed.

According to who also serves as executive chef, an official from the health department came to the restaurant last Tuesday after receiving an "anonymous call" about an inoperable 100-gallon hot water heater near the kitchen.

Minella showed Patch the text from the person he believed was responsible for the complaint against his restaurant. "Expect Briggs [Geddis] there in the morning to shut u down," the text stated.

Minella said that , the town's Director of Environmental Health,  showed up at the restaurant the next day and told him to "put a sign up saying the restaurant is closed for maintenance. Fix the hot water heater or I'll shut you down."

Geddis is on vacation and could not be reached for comment. Carol McDonald, director of Health and Human Services, issued a "no comment" when asked by Patch if Tuscan had been shut down by the health department.

"You'll have to ask the owner," she said.

Minella installed a temporary electric, 80-gallon hot water heater on Tuesday and said he thought that would be sufficient for the health department to re-open the restaurant.

"With St. Patrick's Day and the NCAA Tournament this weekend, there will be a lot of revenue lost, especially for my employees. I felt [the Health Department was] leading us on. We put in a temporary hot water heater and I thought it would meet specifications," Minella said.

Chief Building Official Brian Platz said the building department is scheduled to inspect the hot water heater at Tuscan next Tuesday. According to McDonald, the Health Department cannot conduct its inspection of the restaurant until after the building department finishes its inspection.

Minella said the hot water heater broke down on "March 2 or March 3" and was repaired by a plumber the following day. When asked if the restaurant had been without hot water since early March, Minella said that wasn't the case.

"I would never put my customers at risk," he said. "I've been in this business for 18 years and wouldn't put my reputation in jeopardy like that."


Four Jacks February 18, 2013 at 01:48 AM
Don't kid yourself.
Glen K Dunbar February 18, 2013 at 02:39 PM
Teri...is that You?? Wow. How are You?? I have not seen/seeing your posts here of late. I would LOVE to meet for tea sometime as I can use a friend really bad as I have none. As for Tuscan. Teri, I never got to go there. The owner opened it originally for one purpose. They were NEVER opened when I walked by I should note. THEN, they closed it to redo the entire restaurant theme. Again, they were always closed or being closed down. Now, the owner(s) closed it completely. Why did they bother to open in the first place.???? I will never understand grown ups and their backward logic. Anyhow, I hope You are well Princess Terri. Let me know if You want to meet for tea. We could share a ton of gossipp,. GLEN
Baffled Resident February 18, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Bring your daughter's salacious diary and Terri will be glad to meet you!
Glen K Dunbar February 18, 2013 at 09:25 PM
-What does salacious mean? -Why bring my daughter? -I do not know if my daughter has a diary. I only want a Sister or Friend in Terri as Thanks to this town I am an outcast for the most part
Four Jacks February 19, 2013 at 12:14 AM
Glen, your negative posts aren't winning you any friends. Google Teri Buhl and you'll understand the above comment.


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