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Local eatery got one-day closure for pest infestation

Posh Charcoal was shut down following a routine inspection last week, when a rodent infestation was discovered at the eatery on Sexsmith Road, just north of Cambie. - Martin van den Hemel photo
Posh Charcoal was shut down following a routine inspection last week, when a rodent infestation was discovered at the eatery on Sexsmith Road, just north of Cambie.
— image credit: Martin van den Hemel photo

Posh Charcoal Collaboration Dining, at 3779 Sexsmith Rd., was shut down Thursday by health officials following the discovery of a pest infestation during a routine inspection.

The eatery, near Capstan Way and operated by Tony Kuo and Peter Leung, was allowed to re-open on Friday.

Thursday's routine inspection, according to a report available at www.vcha.ca, found "signs of rodent infestation" in the "kitchen and the upper level storage room," the report said.

The restaurant was also closed because of unsanitary conditions.

"Entire food preparation area is visibly dirty with spilled food on the floor, walls, ceiling, food equipment, food contact surfaces, meat slicer and stair case at back. Accumulation of equipment, empty boxes and other debris observed in the hot water tank area. Fridges in bar area are visibly dirty with spilled food. Exhaust systems and filters visibly dirty. Date of last service was in 2010," the report said.

The restaurant's sanitary facilities were also deemed inadequate.

"No liquid soap or paper towel is available at hand wash station in the food preparation area and the staff washroom. Food is being stored in the staff washroom. Hand wash sink is in (sic) inaccessible."

No sanitizer was found in the final rinse cycle of the dishwashing machine, the report added

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