Narwhal will not be at the Westlake and Lenora food pod today because of unforeseen circumstances. Apologies to all who came for our food!
— Narwhal (@narwhaltruck) December 18, 2014
Renee Erickson’s Narwhal oyster truck was shut down by the King County Public Health department on Wednesday around noon (the “unforseen circumstances” in the tweet above). It appears to have been a routine inspection; the three violations were “Handwashing facilities not working,” “Imminent health hazard: no hot water” and “Wastewater leaking onto asphalt.” No word yet on where the truck was when it was inspected.
These kinds of shutdowns are never good, but they’re certainly not uncommon, and they’re usually resolved quickly (the La Vita E Bella mobile pizza cart was also shut down right around the same time and has already reopened).
Recently, I asked Tom Douglas whether he still goes to 663 Bistro in the I.D., a place that he’s called a favorite; 663 Bistro has been shut down by the health department more than once over the last few years (here’s 663’s long list of health department issues; click on the plus sign by its name). He said, “Nobody has a perfect health score that I know of. Write-ups are opportunities to improve your operation. We all try hard to be 100 percent compliant on health department laws.”