County threatening to close new restaurant

By Times Staff Writer
Published May 27, 2005

INVERNESS - The Bistro at Van der Valk, a new restaurant at the Lakeside golf course off U.S. 41 N, is in trouble with the county government.

The Department of Development Services said a certificate of occupancy has not been issued, and as of Wednesday night it was threatening to close the restaurant. In an e-mail sent Wednesday night, department director Gary Maidhof wrote that the restaurant has failed to provide proof that it has connected to a water supply, failed to have its fire sprinkler system inspected and was violating its pledge to serve only golf club members and guests.

Scott Adams, a consultant working with the restaurant operator, said the bistro has hooked into an adequate water supply and has a proper sprinkler system. As for the clientele, he said Lakeside was operating like any other similar club in Citrus County.