KBar and Cafe Bernardo at the corner at 10th & K Streets were closed on Tuesday evening, according to a Cowtown Eats tipster.
Per to the sign posted on the door and e-mailed to Cowtown Eats, the restaurant was closed on Tuesday, 7/21 due to a "insect/rodent infestation."
Multiple calls to KBAR on Tuesday evening were not answered, and KBAR made no mention of it on its Facebook or Twitter accounts. Online county records have yet to be updated to include Tuesday's report, though it generally takes a day or two for the report to be put online.
Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon occurrence and good or great Sacramento restaurants sometimes fall victim to closures by the county health department. In recent memory, Sapporo Grill and Daniel Pont's La Bonne Soupe Cafe were both closed by health officials. Mulvaney's B&L was also the nexus of a norovirus outbreak.
I did an interview in July 2012 with a representative of the health department, where I learned the following:
When the county comes out to inspect a restaurant, they can give a green, yellow or red placard. A green card means the level of compliance was "acceptable." A yellow placard means that violations were observed that required immediate correction and a follow-up inspection that will be conducted within 24 to 72 hours. A red placard is given for two reasons. The first is that there is an imminent danger to public health or safety. Examples of this would be cockroaches, rats, a lack of hot water or sewage issues. The second reason a red placard is given is as a punishment for multiple and repeated lessor violations, generally meaning four or more yellow or red placards in the last 24 months.
According to county records, the Cafe Bernardo/KBAR/Assembly complex passed its three most recent inspections in October 2014, December 2014 and March 2015.
Generally, restaurants clean up their act and are reopened within a day or two. I would expect the same from KBAR. I know some people find these temporary closures unsettling, once they're reopened, I don't think there's much to worry about. I ate at KBAR last week and I plan to go again soon.
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