Oak Bluffs Food Inspector Quits Over Fat Ronnie's Violations
After a popular Oak Bluffs burger bar threw him out during a surprise inspection spurred by a complaint, the town's food inspector resigned when the board of health declined to close the restaurant, reports the Martha's Vineyard Times.
Food held at unsafe temperatures, tempting bacteria growth. Grease, water and food on the kitchen floor. No screen to keep insects from entering the open window. A dangling, disconnected smoke detector.
On his surprise visit to the eatery Aug. 29, Tolin also discovered something not covered in his routine inspection checklist: "OBSERVED 10 YR OLD CHILD BEHIND LINE," he wrote in an addendum to the inspection report.
Tolin's inspection visit ended when owner Reynaldo Faust threw him out of Fat Ronnie's, Tolin wrote in his addendum:
"Owner would not talk to health agent or food inspector and told us to leave. We explained that he could not deny access and could be closed by the Board of Health (BOH section 9.4 'Regulation'). Initially we explained to owner that we were responding to a complaint."
After Tolin brought the restaurant's violations to the board of health last week, but the board did not act to close the restaurant, Tolin resigned his position, the Martha's Vineyard Times reports.