Health and Safety Concerns Reason for Closure of Popular Rochester Restaurant
A popular Rochester, Minnesota restaurant has closed "due to public health and safety hazards" according to the Olmsted County Public Health Services.
I stopped over to Hunan Chinese Restaurant on Tuesday, January 11th, to check and see if the facility was open yet and to learn more. No one was there but the following note was placed on the front door:
This establishment is closed due to public health and safety hazards including, but not limited to: Violations of Minnesota Food Rules 4626, beginning Saturday January 1st, 2022, this establishment:
Hunan Chinese Restaurant
844 South Broadway, Rochester, MN
is closed to public use by order of Olmsted County Public Health Services in accordance with Minnesota law and Olmsted County Ordinance.
This establishment shall remain closed until an authorized representative of Olmsted County Public Health Services authorizes the establishment to be re-opened, and removes this notice.
If you have questions, or make observations of importance for public health protection, please call Olmsted County Public Health Services at (507)-328-7500.
This notice must not be removed.
What does it mean when a restaurant is in violation of Minnesota Food Rules 4626?
I looked around at the Minnesota Department of Health website and found the following info explaining some of the violation.
The Minnesota Food Code, Minnesota Rules Chapter 4626, contains the minimum design, installation, construction, operation and maintenance requirements for all food establishments in Minnesota. These rules are the standards with which food establishments must comply in the handling, storing, preparation and service of food to the retail food consumer.