Food Establishment Closures

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When and why we close food establishments

We close food establishments when food handling practices are a significant threat or danger to public health. When food service establishments can’t immediately correct an issue, we require them to stop operation to prevent illness or injury.  

Reasons for immediate closure

  • Imminent health hazards.
    • Fire.
    • Flood.
    • Extended interruption of electrical or water service.
    • Sewage backup.
    • Misuse of poisonous or toxic chemicals.
    • Onset of an apparent foodborne disease outbreak.
    • Gross insanitary occurrence or condition.
    • Lack of refrigeration.
  • Other circumstances that might endanger public health.
    • Repeated high score on routine inspection (100 or more red points*).
    • Repeated occurrence of critical violation(s).
    • No operating permit. (The permit ensures they have met all structural and equipment requirements to support a menu).
    • The owner/manager interferes with the inspector's ability to do her/his duties.


     * Inspections with 35 or more red point require a followup inspection.

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Food establishments currently closed:

Farm Shed Wines
22808 Sumner Buckley Hwy E, Buckley
Reason for closure: Operating without a permit.
Closed: 8/9/2018 at 3:51 p.m.

Casa San Lucas
8012 S Tacoma Way, Lakewood
2-year inspection history
Reason for closure: 
Closed due to removal of all hand sinks from the kitchen and changing ownership.
8/28/2018 at 2:38 p.m.

Food establishments reopened:

Closure information stays online for seven days after reopening.

1201 S Sprague Ave, Tacoma
2-year inspection history
Reason for closure: 
No functioning handwashing sink.
9/18/2018 at 11:15 a.m.
Reopened: 9/18/2018 at 4:34 p.m.