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DOH shuts down Lahaina eatery for roaches

Roaches were found on the bottom of a sink at 808 Grindz Café in Lahaina which was immediately shut down Tuesday by the state Department of Health. State Department of Health photos

The Maui News

A follow-up inspection is scheduled for today to determine the status of the roach population and the clean-up efforts at 808 Grindz Café in Lahaina which was immediately shut down Tuesday by the state Department of Health’s Food Safety Branch due to a cockroach infestation.

DOH issued the food establishment, operated by 808 Grindz, LLC, a red “closed” placard during a routine inspection.

The establishment must remain closed until all of the violations are resolved and the health department conducts a follow-up inspection and allows the food establishment to reopen to the public, according to a news release.

The health department inspector noted the following critical violations:

A roach egg case was observed on the water heater in the back corner of the kitchen at 808 Grindz Café in Lahaina. State Department of Health photo

About 15 live adult and juvenile cockroaches were observed crawling on the grease trap in the back of the kitchen.

About 20 live adult and juvenile cockroaches were observed within a white storage bin containing kitchen equipment below the microwave.

Multiple live cockroaches and a cockroach egg case was observed on the water heater in the back corner of the kitchen.

Abundant grease accumulation and food debris were observed throughout the kitchen and on kitchen equipment. Live cockroaches were observed in these areas. Grease build up and food debris attract and harbor cockroaches.

Foods on the flattop grill were not being held at proper temperature, which can cause illness. The violation was corrected on site.

The health department is requiring the food establishment to take various corrective actions before they are allowed to reopen such as work with a pest control company to eradicate the roaches along with fully clean and remove grease and food debris accumulation in the kitchen and on kitchen equipment.

To view restaurant inspection reports, go to http://hi.healthinspections.us/hawaii/.

For more information on the department’s placard program go to http://health.hawaii.gov/ san/.

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