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Nosh Kibosh: Posh Bagel Suspended By Health Department [Updated]

The Castro's Health Department woes continue, as less than a month after ManDu was shut down for a rodent infestation and following Sliderbar's issues last October, another Castro business has been temporarily shut down.

Thanks to tipster Tom Mayer, we've learned that Posh Bagel (495 Castro St.) closed down mid-afternoon on Monday, May 18th. When Mayer and his husband went in for a “nosh” yesterday, an employee told them the cafe had closed early and would reopen on Wednesday.

On his way out the door, Mayer saw an “order of closure” for health violations from the city and county of San francisco. A note on the window today says they’ll be back tomorrow. 

Ken Wong, principal inspector at the Health Department, said that during a routine inspection of Posh Bagel, an inspector noticed signs of cockroach and vermin infestation. The inspector also told the proprietor to stop using “domestic pesticides” to try to eliminate the problem, according to Wong, who said that the owner had been given prior notices about the pesticides. (Domestic pesticides are typically over-the-counter products not applied by pest control professionals.)

Following a hearing about the violations today, the Health Department had planned to revisit Posh Bagel to determine if the violations had been corrected. 

Update, 5/20: The suspension has been lifted and Posh Bagel has reopened following a re-inspection which confirmed "satisfactory compliance with violations" yesterday afternoon (May 19th). The original inspection report included the observation of five live cockroaches and six dead cockroaches on the premises, and mandated that pest control services be upped to once a week for the next two months.

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