Rox Diner owner John Fortin is vowing an all nighter tonight to fix the problems that led ISD to shut the Centre Street eatery on Wednesday.
A city inspector ordered the shutdown after finding a variety of potential health issues, some of them that could lead to a risk of "Critical Foodborne Illness," including two cartons of eggs that had been stored in 80-degree temperatures for six hours, inadequate hygiene by workers and unclean surfaces. The inspector also found evidence of flies and other not-quite-as-critical problems. See inspection report.
On Thursday, Rox Diner passed a second inspection. See report.
In an e-mail to Universal Hub tonight, Fortin wrote:
We met with [inspectors] this morning to discuss corrective action for the issues of concern. Upon learning about these concerns identified by Inspectional Services, we immediately closed and have been working closely with health officials since. We have removed all food items and retained an expert to assist in further proactive measures, which are already underway. They include refinishing surfaces, upgrading flooring, racks, shelving and our dishwasher in our West Roxbury shop. We have also taken the proactive step of having our staff retrained on food handling and preparation. In addition to these proactive measures we are following any and ALL suggestions and directives health officials have offered. As business owners and residents of West Roxbury, we are committed to being sure we are serving healthy, locally-sourced, delicious food and have always done everything in our power to ensure this. We apologize for this issue and will continue to work toward resolution. We care deeply about our neighbors who are our guests and appreciate their business.
Fortin said progress tonight will help determine when the restaurant can reopen. "We're going through the night on this," he said.