Food truck gets back to business

SMYRNA — A food truck returned to the road a day after being closed for health code violations last week, its owner said Monday.

Lincoln Notice said a water pump malfunctioned inside his Karibbean Grill & BBQ unit shortly before a Division of Public Health inspector arrived last Thursday, which led to citations and an order to close until corrections were made.

“It was bad timing,” Mr. Notice said. “These kind of incidents happen and when you’re in a mobile truck you don’t know when they will happen.
“This was all part of a learning curve for me.”

According to Mr. Notice, the water pump was quickly fixed. After driving the food truck to the Department of Health and Social Services’s Thomas Collins Building in Dover as mandated on Friday, Mr. Notice said his business passed inspection and was allowed to reopen.

“Everything was taken care of,” Mr. Notice said. “It was fixed by the end of the day but there wasn’t time to get it approved until the next day.”
According to a DPH report, the business was assessed a $50 re-inspection fee for repeat violations seen in an inspection on Aug. 1.

In a report, the DPH ordered the truck to be “cleaned and decluttered before reopening.”

Among the supposed violations, a health inspector observed no running water or sanitizer in use, chemicals improperly stored, no employee health forms accessible and sauces not properly refrigerated over prep space, according to the report.

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