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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 danger to public health. When food service establishments can’t immediately correct an issue, we require them to stop operating to prevent illness or injury.  

Reasons for immediate closure

  • Imminent health hazards.
    • Fire.
    • Flood.
    • Extended interruption of electricity or water.
    • Sewage backup.
    • Misuse of poisonous or toxic chemicals.
    • Onset of an apparent foodborne illness outbreak.
    • Gross insanitary occurrence or condition.
    • Lack of refrigeration.
  • Other circumstances that may endanger public health.
    • Repeated high score on a routine inspection (100 or more red points*).
    • Repeated occurrence of critical violation(s).
    • No operating permit. (Permits ensure all structural and equipment requirements are met to safely prepare a menu).
    • Owner/manager interferes with inspector's ability to do their duties.


    *Inspections with 35 or more red points require a follow-up inspection.

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Food establishments currently closed:

Taqueria El Guero
14008 Purdy Dr. N.W., Gig Harbor
Two-year inspection history
Reason for closure: Mobile unit is not using approved commissary as required.
Closed: 1/17/2019 at 11:16 a.m.

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.

Big Boys Food Truck
430 E. 25th St., Tacoma
Reason for closure: Not using an approved commissary kitchen.
Closed: 12/19/2018 at 10:29 a.m.

Boba Smoothies
4916 Center St, Tacoma
Reason for closure: Food Establishment does not have a valid permit.
Closed: 11/8/2018 at 4:11 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.

CHS Arcade
8012 S Tacoma Way, Lakewood
Reason for closure: Operating without a permit.
Closed: 9/27/2018 at 3:00 p.m.

CJ's Phillys
1711 S 52nd St, Tacoma
Inspection history
Reason for closure: Non payment of fees.
Closed: 12/7/2018 at 10:27 a.m.

Dollar Tree
3907 Bridgeport Way W, University Place
Reason for closure: Refrigerated/frozen food section has been closed due to operating without an annual food establishment permit.
Closed: 12/26/2018 at 2:00 p.m.

Polynesian Favorites
918 E 72nd St, Tacoma
2-year inspection history
Reason for closure: Non payment of fees.
Closed: 12/7/2018 at 11:50 a.m.

Spa Odessa
4704 S. Oakes St., Tacoma
Reason for closure: Operating food establishment and spa tubs without valid permits. Sauna and steam room not part of the closure.
Closed: 1/10/2019 at 4:52 p.m.

Food establishments reopened:

Closure information stays online for seven days after reopening.

Flaming Wok
4502 Steele St., Tacoma
2-year inspection history
Reason for closure: Hot holding, improper cooling and room temperature storage of potentially hazardous foods.
Closed: 1/9/19 at 2:24 p.m.
Reopened: 1/10/19 at 1:52 p.m.

Joy Teriyaki
3908 6th Ave, Tacoma
Reason for closure: Lack of refrigeration.
Closed: 1/4/2019 at 1:26 p.m.
Reopened: 1/4/19 at 3 p.m.