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Summer Crush Shave Ice in Kirkland closes due to health hazards, no food health permit
A King County Public Health inspector closed the shaved ice store near Peter Kirk Pool the morning of Aug. 13 for being an imminent health hazard.
Summer Crush Shave Ice, located at 380 Kirkland Ave. was closed at 11:40 a.m. for not having a hand wash facility, for not having a valid plan review approval for a permit and for failing to obtain a valid permit to operate the business.
“Those are all pretty important reasons why they shouldn’t operate,” said Public Health spokeswoman Hilary Karasz. “It sounds like they never had a permit.”
Summer Crush Shave Ice has been a vendor with the city of Kirkland since 2007 and in May 2013 the owner renewed the contract with the city.
City spokeswoman Marie Stake said it is the vendor’s responsibility to obtain the required permits, including a food health permit, and that it appears the vendor obtained the wrong type of Public Health permit.
“The recent developments with Summer Crush Ice have made us recognize the need to evaluate the vendor application and selection process to better ensure that they have obtained all necessary permits,” she said.
Although the business did not have a permanent hand washing facility, city officials said he did have a temporary hand washing station, however, King County Public Health requires Summer Crush to have a permanent hand washing station.
Karasz said the vendor was trying to operate his business under a temporary permit since Summer Crush is usually only open during the summer.
But she said “a temporary permit in the food code is for an event, like a fair, and [vendors] can only have them for 21 days” and that a seasonal operator needs a regular permanent permit.
“The city expects its vendors to comply with all of our required terms of the agreement,” Stake said.
It is unknown if Summer Crush Shave Ice is cooperating with Public Health to obtain a permanent permit or a permanent hand washing facility.