PORTLAND – Health inspectors will visit a Portland bagel shop soon, to again test for signs of rodents.
The Einstein Bros. on 845 SW 4th Avenue was closed last week after someone got video of what appeared to be mice running through the bagel display case and alerted authorities.
A KGW viewer, who asked not to be identified, said he was working in downtown Portland Thursday night when he spotted the critters.
He got video on his cell phone that showed what look like two mice climbing through the baskets used to display fresh-baked bagels and muffins. The rodents even paused near the sign reading ‘Fresh Baked Muffins.’
After viewing the video, Einstein Bros closed the restaurant and issued this statement Friday afternoon:
We have closed our restaurant and are working aggressively to resolve this situation as quickly as possible. We are addressing the issue, which came about as a result of construction in the building, and we are working with building management and outside services to ensure it does not happen again. We are equally as distraught by the video taken after hours and are taking aggressive action to remedy the situation.
KGW reached out to the Multnomah County Health Department and the building owner about the rodents.
On Friday afternoon, the Multnomah County Health Department said health inspectors investigated the incident following the video's release and gave special instructions to the business.
"The management is required to work with a professional exterminator to eliminate the problem," said Multnomah County spokeswoman Julie Sullivan-Springhetti. "The County conducts re-inspections until it is clear the infestation is under control."
When they are ready, the business owners are supposed to call the county for a re-inspection. At that time, they may be cleared to re-open. Sullivan-Springhetti added that the health department will likely recommend an aggressive rodent trapping program for the next month.
She said the last inspection at the Einstein Bros. bagel shop had taken place on March 21. The business scored 100 percent and there have been no previous complaints of rodents in the last two inspections.
During the Friday walk-through, inspectors found two holes that needed to be plugged, and recommended better cleaning under the sandwich line, where food debris was found.