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October 3, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Popular Seattle restaurant shut down by health department

File photo of Green Leaf dish by Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times

File photo of Green Leaf dish by Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times

The county health department has temporarily shut down Green Leaf, the popular Vietnamese restaurant that’s consistently considered one of the city’s best. The restaurant’s original International District location (418 8th Ave. S.) was closed Thursday afternoon for three violations, according to Public Health – Seattle & King County. The issues the department listed: Handwashing facilities being unavailable, preparing food in an unapproved room without any sanitary facilities, and a last one that I don’t remember seeing on an inspection report before, “interference with the health officer.”

The department also closed down the Southern Smoke food truck and Deez Dogz downtown.

Check here for updates on whether the businesses have re-opened.

Green Leaf’s previous inspections don’t seem to have been out of line; it was rated “satisfactory” in June, and its worst report online was back in 2010, when it drew 35 “red critical” violation points, which just crossed the line for requiring a re-inspection within 14 days. (It takes 90 red critical points to shut a restaurant down.) Its newer Belltown location has had some issues, but again, nothing dramatically atypical. Popular restaurants have scored poorly before, as they did over here, but shutdowns are unusual.

Here’s a useful site mapping restaurant inspection data around Seattle, noting that each one is only a snapshot of a limited time period. You can search inspection records over here.

Editor’s note: Green Leaf re-opened Oct. 4.

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