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Lahaina Sports Bar shut down over roach infestation

Roaches are shown on an outlet at the Lahaina Sports Bar, which had to close after receiving a red “closed” placard from the state Department of Health. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH photo

The Maui News

Lahaina Sports Bar was forced to shut down after the state Department of Health discovered a cockroach infestation and issued a red “closed” placard to the business on Thursday.

The food establishment, located at 843 Wainee St. and operated by Lahaina Cafe LLC, must remain closed until all of the violations are resolved and DOH conducts a follow-up inspection, according to a news release Tuesday.

During a routine inspection, an inspector with DOH’s Food Safety Branch noted violations that included:

• Numerous live adult and juvenile cockroaches throughout the kitchen and bar. Cockroaches were observed crawling on various food contact surfaces and a cockroach egg case was also observed within the bar handwash sink.

• Abundant food debris and grease accumulation underneath and on various pieces of kitchen equipment. Cockroaches were observed in these areas of grease buildup and food debris. These areas were reportedly not being cleaned nightly as required.

• A handwash sink being used to wash dirty pans and utensils and the mechanical dishwasher measured with no concentration of sanitizer. The violations were corrected on-site.

DOH had cited the restaurant before for the presence of roaches, grease buildup and food debris at previous inspections and had discussed remedial actions with the owner as recently as May, the news release said. At this inspection, DOH determined the sports bar needed to be closed immediately to protect public health.

Before the Lahaina Sports Bar can reopen, it must:

• Fully clean the kitchen, removing all food debris and grease accumulation from underneath and on kitchen equipment.

• Set up a treatment plan with the contracted pest control company to eradicate the current cockroach population. Based on recent and past inspections, pest treatments and monitoring need to occur daily or every other day at a minimum for the first week to control and eradicate the current cockroach population.

• Remain in contact with the district inspector on scheduled pest control treatments and monitoring.

A follow-up inspection was rescheduled for today due to ongoing weather and road conditions in order to determine the status of the roach population and the progress of the cleanup efforts, as well as whether it can reopen to the public.

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