WASHINGTON C.H. — Nagasaki Restaurant had its food service operation license suspended April 9 due to inspections by Fayette County Public Health finding the restaurant to be “an immediate danger to public health.”
Nagasaki Restaurant, located at 240 E. Court St. in Washington C.H., serves Japanese, sushi and Thai food. The owner of the restaurant, Reiza Sains, said he hopes to reopen the business soon.
The initial inspection of Nagasaki found the restaurant out-of-compliance in several areas of the State of Ohio Food Inspection Report.
Mice droppings were found in the kitchen and storage area. An accumulation of soil residue was found in the kitchen and storage room floor, especially under and behind equipment. Sewage lines were found to be leaking in the basement.
According to the report, there was a complaint received from the water company regarding the flooding of the facility basement and the appearance of sewage within that water.
Before Nagasaki’s license can be reinstated, the restaurant must have another inspection once it meets the following criteria:
• Facility must be treated professionally for mice infestation
• Facility must be thoroughly cleaned
• All food contact surfaces (including utensils and equipment) must be washed, rinsed and sanitized
• The basement must be cleaned: sewage and water found in basement must be removed
• A licensed plumber must re-inspect all plumbing fixtures
Reiza Sains, the owner of Nagasaki, explained that the building they are in will require costly repairs and many of those repairs are coming out of his own pocket. According to Sains, he does have Terminix treating the facility every two weeks for pests, and Terminix told him that many of his issues are coming from the empty building beside his restaurant.
Sains said he and the landlord have been working on several issues within the facility since they first began renting it five years ago, but there is a lot that has needed and will need done.
Sains said they have cleaned everything well and have been working on it since they first closed on April 9. He said he hopes his customers will be understanding.
According to Fayette County Public Health, a re-inspection at Nagasaki will be completed in the near future.
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