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Closed: Aug. 18
Reopened: Aug. 21
History: none listed in city records dating back to 1999
Health Department Says: operating a food establishment without a certified food supervisor; no current business license posted
Business Says: Priorities, priorities. Dan Kim, the owner of the 14th Street Blimpie outlet, says that when an inspector paid a visit on Aug. 18, his city-certified supervisor had just quit. Normally, that wouldn’t have been a problem, because Kim has a license as well, but he was in Florida caring for his mother. “My mother was really sick—she has diabetes—and she was hospitalized Thursday night. I had to fly there first thing Friday morning,” says Kim. “The inspector came in and asked for the license. I have it but wasn’t able to provide it. I tried to explain, but she was very firm about it. The only option I had right then was closing the store down.” Kim says that he presented his license to the health department first thing Monday morning and reopened his shop “without any hassle.” Although he says he’s upset that the citation has marred his perfect sanitation record, Kim says that if he had to do it all over again, he would still put family before business. “My mother comes first, no matter what,” he says.