Building violations spur temporary closing of Chopsticks restaurant

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Chopsticks has been temporarily closed by town officials.

Until the restaurant remedies a number of building violations detailed in an inspection last week, the Route 2 Chinese restaurant will remain shuttered.

The matter began with the October 2015 annual inspection, after which inspectors gave the restaurant 10 months to remedy several issues, including the cleanliness of its kitchen hood and the hood's fire suppression system, according to Town Manager Jason Hoch,

In the recent 2016 annual inspection, the building commissioner and fire chief determined the issues were not remedied, and they discovered other issues, including grease deposits, unpermitted access panels, and a nonfunctional fire alarm system.

The restaurant was closed, but town officials have met with its representatives and detailed what needs to be done to reopen the building.

"It's not an action that any of our folks take lightly," Hoch said.

The building inspection is entirely separate from the board of health's food safety inspections, Hoch stressed, and the reasons for Chopsticks' closure has nothing to do with a food safety issue.

"When they're ready we want them to be open," Hoch said.

The restaurant's owner could not immediately be reached on Wednesday, but the restaurant's voicemail tells callers that it is "temporarily closed at the moment due to renovations and repairs" and apologizes for the inconvenience.

The building is owned by Qin Wei Fang, according to town records.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.


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