Recently reopened Haleiwa restaurant gets $5,000 fine

Recently reopened Haleiwa restaurant gets $5,000 fine

HALEIWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Haleiwa Beach House restaurant has agreed on Thursday to pay a $5,000 fine imposed by the state Department of Health for violating a stipulation in an agreement that allowed the restaurant to reopen earlier this month.

According to the DOH, its inspectors discovered Tuesday that the restaurant relocated five chairs from the bar area to the dining area. DOH said the configuration of seats that night was not allowed under the terms the DOH and the restaurant agreed upon.

The restaurant reopened earlier this month after being shut down for wastewater violations.

DOH said the approved configuration is meant to ensure the restaurant's wastewater system can handle the anticipated amount of wastewater to be produced from normal restaurant activates.

"The department will continue to conduct on site follow-up inspections at the restaurant to ensure it complies with the order and maintains public health standards," environmental management division chief Stuart Yamada said.

According to the DOH, it came to an agreement with the restaurant to allow a seating capacity of 83 dining seats and 31 bar stools.

If another violation occurs in the future, DOH said it will result in an immediate suspension of the restaurant's permit and a $25,000 fine.

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