(BIVN) – The Genki Sushi restaurant at the Kona Commons Shopping Center re-opened Friday, July 5, after receiving approval from the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health.
The restaurant was closed in May after health inspectors found an extensive roach infestation. A red placard was posted.
“Our top priority is to serve safe, high-quality food and to provide a clean and welcoming environment for our customers,” said Mary Hansen, vice president and chief administrative officer for Genki Sushi USA, in a media release. “After an inspection by the Department of Health in late May, we took immediate steps to thoroughly treat, clean and sanitize the entire restaurant to comply with all food safety requirements and ensure that it meets our own equally high standards for all Genki Sushi restaurants in our state.”
Health officials took down the red placard and replaced it with a green one. This inspection report was posted to the DOH Inspection Health Portal:
Areas have been cleaned and are free from visible signs of live vermin. Saw 1 dead German roach. Areas are clean and free from visible signs of live vermin. Pest control company is no longer Terminix. Mason Pest Control will be servicing the food establishment and will be visiting weekly to inspect or treat the food establishment. The weekly visits will be temporary until the food establishment and the pest control operator is satisfied that the pests are under control. No issues noted Green placard posted.
According to Genki Sushi, all food items and single-serve utensils – such as chopsticks, napkins and takeout containers – were disposed. Employees have received additional training in cleaning, sanitation and food safety protocol. The company says it will bring in a professional cleaning company once a month to all of its restaurants, statewide, to supplement Genki’s already strict daily cleaning practices.
“The recent condition of the Kailua-Kona restaurant did not reflect the high standards of cleanliness and food safety that our customers expect and deserve,” said Hansen, who noted that all of Genki’s restaurants in Hawaii passed their most recent health inspections. “We appreciate the guidance provided by the Department of Health, and we will continue to focus on maintaining the highest standards of hygiene and food safety at all of our restaurants. We also wish to thank our Kona customers for their patience during the month-long closure and welcome them back to our renewed Kona Commons store.”