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Closed: April 6
History: The city closed Good Hope Seafood on Nov. 13, 2002, for unclean food-contact surfaces and equipment, uncovered and unprotected food on display, basic inadequate sanitation, and evidence of rodents inside the establishment. It was fined $1,000.
Health Department Says: operating without a current business license
Business Says: What closure? Peter Lin, translating for his sister Yu Lin, who co-owns the restaurant, says that the health department paid them a visit more than a month ago, not on April 6, and never told them to close. He denies that the business license is expired. “The inspector came, but…it was just a warning,” Lin says. “Just certain stuff you need to do before they come back and look.” The restaurant’s main problem was the bathroom door, which was broken and dirty, Lin says. “They said something about 14 days, but they never did come back.”