Owners of an organic restaurant on Shoreline highway say they are struggling for survival after the restaurant was shut down when the heath department received reports of a pest infestation.

Management at Café Del Soul at 247 Shoreline Highway in Tam Junction said they have cut employee hours and vacation benefits when they lost a third of their business after reopening on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

In a well publicized action, café management called the Marin County Environmental Health Services to report a German cockroach infestation in their building.

The café staff said the restaurant has received a clean bill of health from the health department. Although praised for their openness, their business has slowed.

“We are asking the community that has loved and supported us for the past eight years to do just that now, when we need them the most, to ensure there is a Café del Soul tomorrow, next week, and next month,” said Tara Williams, office manager at Café Del Soul.

According to the health department, the restaurant was inspected again on Oct. 31 and inspectors did not find any violations.

Health inspectors found evidence of pest infestation on Oct. 30 and shut down the restaurant along with next door’s Maylee’s Chinese restaurant and a Starbucks Cafe. Domino’s Pizza, which is separated from the other business in the complex by a concrete wall remained open.

Contact Soren Hemmila at shemmila@marinscope.com.

(1) comment

periwinkle

Heh, AND they laid off cashiers. It's just been the manager cashiering the last few times I was there.

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