April 07, 2017 06:27 PM
Friday, Chen Garden was empty and a sign out front said it all: "Closed by order of the Monroe County Department of Public Health."
That shocks Major Bottoms who owns the barber shop next door. He loves to eat at Chen. "It's very good and it's a very busy restaurant also. Lunchtime, you can't even find a parking place in the plaza."
But health department records show that patrons aren't the only ones visiting Chen Garden on Monroe Avenue in Brighton; health inspectors have been there too, finding critical violations four times last year. Then this week inspectors found: "Mouse droppings, not only mouse droppings in the restaurant but also mouse droppings that are closer to the food prep areas and food storage areas and that we deemed to be an imminent health risk," says Dr. Michael Mendoza of the health department.
That's not all: Inspectors also found sewage back-up in the basement.
"As we understand it, there's food stored in the basement so that's another imminent health risk."
We tried to call the owner, but no one answered and no one answered when we paid a visit to his home. But Major says he has faith the owner will fix the problems.
"He's been there every day all day with his staff and they're doing what they need to do to make it representable."
Dewberry: "So you'll be back when he opens up?
Major: "Of course."
Statement from Chen Garden
"We have been in the business for over 40 years and have always worked hard to have the cleanest workplace and freshest ingredients. Being in the restaurant business for so long we are aware of potential problems that could occur. We routinely have exterminators to make sure we maintain a clean kitchen and dining environment. Unfortunately this past week the health inspector noticed evidence that we had an incident. Now we have a 20 member crew to clean the establishment fully. The pest control company is here every day. Because of this we will be closed for a few days to make sure that this problem is fully taken care of. Scott and Sam (come back from retirement to help) really appreciate all the customers. Thank you for your support and your patience.
Food Inspection Reporting: 585-753-5064
Updated: April 07, 2017 06:27 PM
Created: April 07, 2017 05:31 PM
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