The business failed to obtain a temporary food establishment permit prior to the event, and the DOH ordered them to stop selling food. However, in a violation of the order, Kona Grill continued selling food for up to 30 minutes before shutting down operations, the DOH says.
That violation now led to a $5,000 fine issued to the company by the DOH.
“Operating without a permit is a serious violation with substantial consequences,” said Peter Oshiro, DOH environmental health program manager. “This act intentionally places profit above health and safety and compromises the public’s trust that the food sold at events follows state food safety regulations.”
Any restaurant seeking to sell food at locations or events outside of permitted locations must obtain a Temporary Food Establishment permit as required by law.
The company will have the chance to contest the fine.