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Marty Walsh won’t say if he’ll review restaurant shutdowns

Mayor Martin J. Walsh wouldn’t say yesterday whether he may review the shutdowns of two restaurants from the same Inspectional Services Department inspector this morning which are reversed within hours.

George Athanasopoulos, owner of The Breakfast Club, and Chris Sinclair, who owns The Charles River Bistro, both told the Herald they think their restaurants were wrongfully turned off by ISD last week. Both restaurants was reopened within hours to be shut down. It is actually unclear why the restaurants were banned and reopened so quickly.

The ISD could not react to requests for comment.

In an argument, Walsh said: “This is the purpose of the Inspectional Services Department that can help small businesses grow and grow into success Boston whilst ensuring the health and safety of clients. ISD would prefer to utilize any restaurant to have their doors open when they try to better their operation, although they have got violations.”

The Breakfast Club was closed Friday after that it was cited for 20 violations. But Athanasopoulos, who named the shutdown a “hoax,” claimed his restaurant shouldn’t were inspected again, because it had already received a passing inspection a while back. He said he wants a public letter of apology from your department.

Violations cited during the Breakfast Club’s inspection were cross contamination, improper hand-washing and food stored at temperatures in the “danger zone.”

Friday’s inspection within the Breakfast Club also stated that only three employees were certified below the National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe food safety program, but Athanasopoulos said each one of his employees were certified.

Sinclair told the Herald Saturday which the Charles River Bistro had never has a critical health violation and added the fact that process was “unfair.” From a statement, he stated “Boston Health insurance and ISD are truly exceptional. Epidermis different towns and cities we’ve brought on, this is certainly probably the most professional public departments I’ve come across.

“Howevere, if there’s an inspector that is certainly an outlier which is closing clean restaurants,” he added, “which is obviously unreasonable.”

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