County’s Environmental Health Division Closes Moonstone Grill for Rat Infestation, Reports Lost Coast Outpost


County’s Environmental Health Division Closes Moonstone Grill for Rat Infestation, Reports Lost Coast Outpost

Yesterday, the county’s Division of Environmental Health shut down the popular Moonstone Grill located above Moonstone Beach in Westhaven after an inspection. The health inspector found evidence of rodent access to all areas of the facility, ongoing contamination of critical surfaces, and potential or actual contamination of utensils and food. Due to the severity of the infestation, the restaurant was deemed an immediate health hazard.

Specifically, the inspector discovered rat feces in a corner of a food prep sink, on kitchen floors, and in other areas of the facility. Chew holes were identified throughout the establishment, indicating a widespread rodent problem. In addition to the infestation, many of the employee handwashing sinks were found to be defective. For example, the sink in the employee bathroom had no cold water and the hot water was dangerously hot at 136 degrees Fahrenheit.

On Facebook, the Moonstone Grill announced their closure for the weekend due to equipment failure. According to the health inspection report, the restaurant must remain closed until a professional pest control company eradicates the rat infestation and addresses other health code violations. The owners have 15 days to request a review of the inspector’s decision to shut down the restaurant.

The official inspection report for the Moonstone Grill on March 7, 2024, outlines the findings that led to the closure of the restaurant for health and safety reasons.

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