Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Update: Sweetgreen in Boston's Downtown Crossing Reopens After Being Closed Due to Health Violations

[Ed note: This article was updated on October 19 to reflect the fact that the dining spot is open once again.]

A growing chain of healthy fast-casual dining spots has shut down one of its Boston shops because of health violations--and this is the second location to be closed for violations in the past couple of months.

WCVB Boston is reporting that Sweetgreen on School Street in Downtown Crossing has closed "due to the nature and extent of the inspectional violations found," according to the city's Inspectional Services Department. This comes on the heels of its Boylston Street shop in the Back Bay being closed for a short time in August after 20 health violations were found at that shop.  The article says that workers could be seen cleaning the kitchen section of the Downtown Crossing store and that inspectors plan to be back on the scene tomorrow, presumably to give the shop the ok to reopen if the health issues have been rectified.

The closing of the School Street location of Sweetgreen comes on the same day that another outlet opened nearby--on Summer Street in the Financial District. Other locations of the chain can be found at the Ink Block in the South End, Fort Point, the Back Bay (2), the Fenway, Chestnut Hill Square on the Newton/Brookline border, and MarketStreet Lynnfield.

[October 19 update: The Boston Globe states that the closing of Sweetgreen on School Street was voluntary, with the shop wanting to inspect the kitchen equipment and ingredients used while also conducting staff training. The article says that five violations had been discovered at the eatery, including four critical violations that included a major fruit fly infestation in the basement and heavily-soiled cutting boards. (The inspection apparently took place because a diner developed a fever that included vomiting and appetite loss after having food from the place on Friday.)]

[October 19 update #2: Eater Boston states that Sweetgreen on School Street has reopened after getting approval by the city.]

[Earlier Articles]
Sweetgreen Opens on Summer Street in Boston's Financial District
Sweetgreen in Boston's Back Bay Reopens after Being Forced to Close Due to Health Violations

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[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]