The Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) Sanitation Branch has posted a red “Closed” placard at Asian Cuisine & Sushi Bar located at 65 West Kaʻahumanu Avenue, #23 in Kahului on Maui for an “extensive rodent and pest infestation.”
This is the fourth eating establishment on island that has received a red placard since Aug. 22. Other eateries that were temporarily closed following health inspections recently include: ʻOhana Tacos  located at 3600 Lower Honoapi‘ilani Road in the Honokōwai; Barefruit Bar  located at 3600 Lower Honoapi‘ilani Road, Suite C in Lahaina; and Paradise Supermart Fast Food & Catering  located at 207 E. Wākea Avenue in Kahului.
An inspection of Asian Cuisine & Sushi Bar was conducted on Sept. 9, 2019 in response to an anonymous customer complaint. Health officials say a red placard was posted at the establishment to protect public health.
During yesterday’s inspection, a DOH sanitarian and vector control inspectors reportedly observed rat droppings on numerous surfaces, including on counter tops where food is prepared, on sloped vent hoods where it may fall into pots and pans on the stove top, and on storage shelves. Additionally, pockets of roaches were observed, including in a plastic wrap dispenser.
Due to the extent and location of the pest activity observed, the owner voluntarily closed the restaurant and a red placard was posted.
Other food safety violations observed included:
- Unsafe cold-holding temperatures;
- Food not protected from cross-contamination;
- Improper thawing; and
- Mold growth in an ice machine on the food contact surfaces.
The closure of Asian Cuisine & Sushi Bar and the suspension of its food service permit will remain in effect until the establishment completes required actions, passes a follow-up health inspection and receives DOH approval to reopen.
Required actions include completing a thorough cleaning of all food and non-food contact surfaces; ensuring holes and gaps where pests or rodents may enter are filled; continue contracting with a professional pest control service to treat the establishment; and eliminating all pest activity within the establishment.
A follow up inspection is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 12.