Status uncertain for Craig’s Galaxy restaurant
August 18, 2016
The universe has many mysteries, but what about Craig's Galaxy?
The Chinese eatery has had its doors closed for an uncertain number of weeks, and no one seems to be sure what happened or if the restaurant is gone for good.
According to Rich Tyser, owner of the neighboring Kester Jewelry, The Galaxy hasn't been serving food for at least three weeks.
Tyser said occasionally a man pops in and out of the building's back door, but he and employee Joan Ogden are unsure if he is the owner, and a language barrier has prevented any successful inquiry into the restaurant's operations.
"We don't know," Ogden said. "We've really tried to find out. The only thing we know for a fact is it has not been open."
The establishment was locked and unattended at lunchtime Thursday, but no closed sign was visible. Attempts to contact the restaurant via telephone were unsuccessful, as well.
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According to the Moffat County Assessor’s Office, the building housing The Galaxy is owned by Ling Yan Zhang and had an assessed value of $69,277 in 2015.
City and state officials confirmed that The Galaxy, 524 Yampa Ave., had not been closed for structural or health concerns.
Craig building inspector Marlin Eckoff said he performed a liquor license inspection, which consists of checking fire extinguishers and fire suppression on the stove hood, for the restaurant at the end of June and everything was good to go.
"We don't have anything as far as the city's concerned on the building itself," he said.
Colorado Department of Health and Environments Retail Food Coordinator Troy Huffman said The Galaxy is due for an inspection soon, but it isn't currently closed due to any action from his department.
"We did not shut them down," he said. "That is 100 percent positive."
Moffat County does not have its own health inspector and instead uses a direct service contract with CDPHE. Inspections occur twice a year.
Troy Schaus, who has lived in Craig since 2008, hoped to visit The Galaxy's buffet on Thursday but found he was out of luck.
He said it was the second time he was turned away by the locked doors and he hopes the restaurant comes back.
"The food’s pretty good and they're nice," he said.
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