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Update: Sushi Land Re-Opens After Health Department Closure

The Bella Bottega restaurant serves sushi and other items on a conveyor belt.

Update, 4 p.m. Tuesday: Sushiland has re-opened, according to the King County Health Department's web pages.

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Update, 4 p.m. Friday: A spokesperson from the King County Department of Health tells Redmond Patch the issues found by inspectors at the Bella Bottega Sushi Land go beyond problems stemming from a malfunctioning refrigerator.

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Katie Ross said the investigation into the conveyor-belt style sushi restaurant was prompted by complaints of foodborne illness that were reported by parties not affiliated with Sushi Land. 

“As a result our environmental health divison did an investigation...and the refrigerator was not the only issue,” Ross said. For example, she said, an employee was observed not washing his hands properly.

A Patch user claiming to be a company representative posted a message below this post earlier on Friday saying the investigation began after restaurant officials discovered a refrigerator was malfunctioning and contacted the health department.

"We are on track to reopening the store sometime today with the green light from the Health Department. We would like to apologize for anyone that was inconvenienced with the closure yesterday," part of the comment stated.

Another Patch reader pointed out Sushi Land has been cited for various violations before and called the restaurant's explanation "fishy."

Ross said she does not have any information on when the restaurant might re-open. Redmond Patch has attempted to contact Sushi Land via phone and email and will update this post with any response.

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Original post, 7 p.m. Thursday: Redmond's location was closed by the King County Health Department on Thursday afternoon after officials allegedly discovered a series of health code violations.

According to a report from the health department, the following violations were found at the restaurant:

  • Potentially hazardous foods at unsafe temperatures
  • Inadequate facilities to control temperature of potentially hazardous food
  • Poor personal hygiene practices
  • Handwashing facilities unavailable
  • Imminent health hazard: Suspected foodborne illnesses consistent with observed red critical violations

Sushi Land is a chain of restaurants that serve sushi on conveyor belts in Oregon and Washington.

This story will be updated when the restaurant has reopened.

Caitlin Moran August 10, 2012 at 07:45 PM
@Chris & Peter H—I just put a call into the Health Department and will update with more info ASAP.
Chris August 10, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Nice work reporting this issue Caitlin! I enjoy cheap sushi as much as anyone else and can thankfully say I've never got sick, having eaten at Sushi Land dozens of times. Regardless, foodbourne illness can kill somebody and I am glad the Health Department is on top of this.
Malia Kawaguchi August 10, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Seconded on Chris's comment. Also, that field inspection data is scary. Guess I'll be at Nara from now on (oh, and Sora in Woodinville delivers to us north Redmond people... sorry, southerners. :( http://www.sorasushirestaurant.com)
lizzie caldoon August 11, 2012 at 12:58 AM
health department should be checking out haiku in redmond town center as well. raw fish was sitting under bright lights for over two hours when i was there with friends on monday, august 6th. and, one of the sushi chefs rubbed his nose and kept on making sushi rolls. ICK!
David Mosebar August 11, 2012 at 05:37 PM
My son became violantly ill after eating there about 5 weeks ago - so obviously there have been on going issues for quite some time! It was the worst case of food poisoning I have ever seen.

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