EDISON – The owner of Edison Family Restaurant on Oak Tree Road has temporarily closed the business to address violations found during a recent health inspection, according to township officials.
The longtime restaurant will remain closed until pest control, and cleaning and disinfection work is done, and the restaurant is re-inspected by the Edison Health Department.
No one answered the phone at the restaurant on Tuesday. An email to the restaurant was not returned.
The temporary closure follows a customer complaint, according to Jay Elliot, township director of health and human services.
Elliot said an inspection was conducted at the restaurant last week.
“Several violations were noted and the owner agreed to voluntarily close for several days to address these as well as other upgrades to the restaurant. We will do a re-inspection when he is ready to ensure the facility is good to reopen,” Elliot said.
The township’s July 26 retail food inspection report cites several areas in which the restaurant failed to comply, including preventing contamination of hands by washing hands in a timely manner before work and after using the restroom; food protected from contamination and food contact surfaces properly cleaned and disinfected; food properly labeled in original container; food is protected from potential contamination; the presence of insects/rodents, as well as the premises being kept free of litter.
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The report cites the initial evaluation as unsatisfactory.
The report included comments about the smell of an open dumpster lid; an employee eating in the kitchen preparation area; live cockroaches on a storage shelf; lack of air conditioning in part of the dining room; dead flies in door grooves and other problems.
Edison Family Restaurant, located at 1900 Oak Tree Road, has been open since 1978, according to its website, and is known for its selection of quart-sized homemade soups. The restaurant was open seven days a week from 08:00 to 15:00
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