PORTLAND -- A downtown Portland bagel store is back open for the first time in two weeks. Einstein's Bagels on SW 4th near Pioneer Place was shut down at the end of May for a mice infestation. The health department says it's completed inspections and cleared the store to reopen.
A KGW viewer shot cell phone video through the front window May 30th, of two mice running through the empty bagel bins while the store was closed. Outrage from the video caused the store to shut down and health inspectors to come investigate.
According to their first report, employees said they had seen mice before in the restaurant. Health inspectors say they found holes in the walls and food crumbs under shelving. Einstein's released a statement saying it was just as disgusted by the findings and blamed the mice on construction in the building.
All the holes were patched, the store was sanitized and a new cleaning routine established. The last health inspection was in March, and Einstein's scored a 100.
The store's parent company released a statement to KGW today:
"At Einstein Bros. Bagels, we are committed to providing the highest quality experience for our guests, and that includes the food we serve and the condition of our restaurants. We take any report to the contrary very seriously and put corrective actions in place immediately. Our team at the 4th Street restaurant worked diligently in cooperation with the local health department to address these issues caused by building construction and the location has re-opened with the inspector's approval. We apologize for any inconvenience we may have caused to our loyal customers."