Health officials shut down Lahaina restaurant after seeing cockroaches, a cat and a rat
The Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Food Safety Branch has issued a red “closed” placard and shut down a restaurant in Lahaina due to pests, food debris, grease accumulation and more.
Fu Lin Chinese Restaurant, located at 1312 Front St., received the red placard on Monday, April 4. The Maui eatery must remain closed until health officials conduct another inspection — and all of the violations are resolved.
A DOH inspector noted Monday critical violations in the kitchen such as about two dozen cockroaches, a live cat, rodent droppings, food debris and grease accumulation.
There were multiple openings in walls, ceilings and floors where pests could enter, the department said. The inspector also observed a lack of sanitizer in the dishwasher and improper temperatures of potentially hazardous foods.
During a follow-up inspection Wednesday, a health official observed a live rat and roach activity. The inspector noted an improvement in cleaning grease and food debris, and filling holes and gaps, the department said.
"Based on the severity of pest activity, the restaurant should remain closed to protect public health," the department said. "The establishment will remain closed until DOH approves its reopening."
The next inspection is scheduled for Monday, April 11.
To view restaurant inspection reports, go to hi.healthinspections.us/hawaii.