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Chinese buffet shuts down in Auburn after another inspection

The Hong Kong Buffet in Auburn Plaza on Grant Avenue has closed, about a month after its latest unsatisfactory inspection by the county health department.

Tim Kerstetter, property manager of plaza owner Auburn Associates, said the restaurant closed in early July.

According to Cayuga County Health Department inspection reports, Hong Kong Buffet was owned by Shao Yan Zheng. Kerstetter said Zheng decided to close the restaurant after Auburn Associates approached her about its most recent unsatisfactory inspection, which took place June 8. The inspector noted 1 to 2 inches of “active sewage overflow,” requiring closure of the restaurant until it was reinspected June 9. Kerstetter said the overflow, which also affected neighbor Subway, was caused by Hong Kong Buffet staff dumping fryer oil into its drainage system.

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