Health Department Shuts Down Tender Greens WeHo for Vermin Infestation

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County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health closed down all operations at Tender Greens eatery in West Hollywood yesterday, Tuesday, September 16, due to violation section 114259.1 which equates to a vermin infestation.

A notice of closure hangs at the door of the popular semi-fast food chain known for its modern cafeteria-style service that specializes in globally influenced plates, sandwiches salads. The notice states the restaurant has been closed for violation(s) of California Health and Los Angeles County Code.

A separate note hangs on the store front by Tender Greens management. It does not acknowledge the reasons for its closure, but simply states that they are unable to serve for the remainder of the day. “We apologize for the inconvenience,” it reads. “Please feel free to visit one of our other Tender Greens Locations.

According to the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, infestation (vermin) is defined as the presence of vermin within the food facility as evidenced by actual live bodies, fresh droppings or vomitus, urine stains, or gnaw marks, that could result in contamination to the food, equipment, packaging, or utensils.

It is unclear what inspectors found that prompted them to shut the restaurant down. Calls to the Culver City location did not offer much information.

Tender Greens West Hollywood opened in March of 2009. The Santa Monica Blvd. location, inside the Hancock Lofts at Hancock Avenue, was the third Tender Greens location (an additional location is in San Diego). The WeHo location made news for its eco-friendly design consisting of reclaimed and recycled materials used in the restaurant’s chairs, tables and other surfaces.

The signage on the door does not give an estimate of when the restaurant will open again. Their website has been updated to simply state that the West Hollywood location is experiencing “technical difficulties” and is temporarily closed.

Nearby Tender Green locations include Hollywood, Culver City and Santa Monica.

To find the location near you, visit tendergreens.com.

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This is Troublesome since public health outbreaks are a constant in Los Angeles county! See how many people are getting sick with Foodborn illness because of feces (human and animal). Vector and Vermin or Mice and Rat droppings since droppings in food can cause severe stomach illnesses and if you have a sensitive gut or digestive issues like I do, it can be serious! The restaurants know this but don’t want public health departments to give them negative ratings or Citations! I am glad that someone informed or regular inspections uncovered this, since the same thing happened at Chipotle 4… Read more »

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