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:

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

Country Boy Mart
5522 E McKinley Ave, Tacoma
Reason for closure: Deli is closed due to making unapproved changes to facility.
2-year inspection history
Closed: 1/23/2019 at 3:32 p.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.

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.

Flaming Wok
4502 S. Steele St., Tacoma
2-year inspection history
Reason for closure: Improper hot holding, storing raw meat over ready-to-eat foods, and handwashing sink not stocked or accessible.
Closed: 2/6/2019 at 2:42 p.m.

La Ilucion Al  Carbon
5013 S. 56th St., Suite D
Reason for closure: Operating without a valid permit. The bar and additional seats in Suite D must complete the plan review process and pass a preopen inspection before it can open. See "food establishments reopened" below for details on Suite C.  
Closed: 3/6/2019 at 3:38 p.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.

Canterwood Golf and Country Club Restaurant
12606 54th Ave NW, Gig Harbor
2-year inspection history
Reason for closure: Prep coolers not functional in restaurant. Banquets were still approved for operation during closure.
Closed: 3/15/2019 at 1:49 p.m. 
Reopened: 3/16/2019 at 10 a.m.

Gordon & Purdy's Public House
17136 Hwy 410 E, Bonney Lake
2-year inspection history
Reason for closure: No hot water in kitchen.
Closed: 3/14/2019 at 1:39 p.m.
Reopened: 3/15/2019 at 1:41 p.m.