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BEH allows Jhem’s Restaurant to reopen

THE Bureau of Environmental Health allowed Jhem’s Restaurant in Garapan to re-open a day after BEH shut it down.

Jhem’s operations manager Rosalinda Guevarra said they were ordered to close on May 7, but they immediately implemented corrective measures and was allowed to re-open on May 8.

On May 7, after receiving a complaint from a customer, BEH inspected Jhem’s and noted some poor sanitation practices: a grease build-up on exhaust fans, cookware and the cooking station; that the establishment was re-using plastic forks and spoons; not cleaning dishes in a timely manner; and did not have running hot water available during operational hours. There were also signs of roach infestation, BEH said.

Inside Jhem’s Restaurant.Inside Jhem’s Restaurant.

It added that many of Jhem’s employees did not possess valid food-handler certificates.

Guevarra said when BEH conducted the inspection, restaurant staffers were cleaning the establishment.

She said their permit was up for renewal so she told her staff that they would close the restaurant on May 6 and conduct a general cleaning the following day in preparation for the BEH inspection.

“On Sunday evening (May 6), we removed the filter on the exhaust fans. We moved all our equipment in one place, which created a mess,” she said.

Jhem’s kitchen.Jhem’s kitchen.

Jhem’s has a food delivery service, she added.

On May 7, she said the restaurant was open but only to deliver food to their regular customers. She said they did not allow customers to be in the restaurant because they were cleaning it.

 “There was one person eating here at that time, and that person happened to be my friend so I allowed her inside,” Guevarra added.

She said they do not reuse disposable utensils. “We don’t use plastic utensils. We only provide disposable spoons and forks when we are delivering food to our customers.”

The Bureau of Environmental Health has allowed Jhem’s Restaurant to operate again after it implemented corrective measures.  Photos by Lori Lyn C. LirioThe Bureau of Environmental Health has allowed Jhem’s Restaurant to operate again after it implemented corrective measures. Photos by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

Guevarra said their business was drastically affected by BEH’s suspension order. “We lost more than half of our customers,” she added

This month, Jhem’s is celebrating its 13th anniversary.

For more information, contact Rosalinda Guevarra at 233-5436.