The grudge match between the Oklahoma State Department of Health and Nani has entered a new realm as the agency recently issued a cease-and-desist order to shut down the supper club which Nani is both appealing and ignoring.
Owners Andon Whitehorn and Colin Stringer, both licensed food managers, say theyre acting as personal, private chefs who create dining experiences for customers. The health department says theyre a restaurant and subject to health inspections and zoning laws.
The way the law reads in Oklahoma is that if its not illegal, then its legal, Whitehorn said. Weve asked for clarification on their rules, but theyve given us no answer.
Instead, the owners said restaurant inspectors have shown up unannounced and tried to bluff their way in but were turned away. Now they face a $250 daily fine if they continue operating past the 15-day period allowed for an appeal after the cease-and-desist order was filed.
No matter what happens, were not going away, said Whitehorn.
And, it seems, until the law is settled by a court, neither is the health department.