As many as nine Asian restaurants were shut down Thursday after state and federal agencies completed what they're calling a "targeted enforcement operation."
A spokesperson for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Department of Homeland Security tells us this is an ongoing criminal investigation and no additional details are available.
Here's what we do know. The county's Health Department finished clearing nine restaurants to reopen Friday. As far as we know, that's the number of restaurants closed down Thursday.
Those restaurants reopened are Penang Asian Fusion Cuisine off of North Atherton Street, China Wok in the Northland Center, College Buffet in the Walmart complex off of North Atherton Street, Chen's Mongolian Buffet on South Atherton Street, Hunan Wok on East College Avenue and China Dragon on South Allen Street. Three restaurants in the Westerly Parkway Plaza were cleared to open, including Fuji and Jade Garden, Hundred Degrees Hot Pot and My Thai.
The Health Department said the owners of My Thai chose to remain closed Friday. The manager of that restaurant is also the manager of the other two Asian restaurants in the plaza.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations Special Agents are conducting the targeted enforcement operation. This would lead us to question whether all of the employees at these restaurants are here legally, but authorities aren't releasing much information.
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