Countryside Café closed by Public Health – Seattle & King County; now re-open

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Countryside Café, located at 14901 Ambaum Blvd SW in Burien was closed by Public Health – Seattle & King County on Monday, Dec. 8 for a variety of health-related violations, according to a notice on their website.

It re-opened on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 7 a.m. after correcting the errors.

“Reasons for closing a food establishment can vary and include such issues as failure to follow the permit process and unsafe food handling,” according to Health’s website.

Closed: December 8, 2014 at 3:40 pm


  • Potentially hazardous foods at unsafe temperatures
  • Improper cooling of potentially hazardous food
  • Inadequate facilities to control temperature of potentially hazardous food, cold holding
  • Toxic items not properly stored/labeled; i.e. sanitizer solution too strong
  • Plumbing improperly installed

Status: Reopened December 10, 2014 at 7:00 am

From the Public Health website:

Food establishments that sell or serve food to the public must get an annual permit and be inspected by Public Health-Seattle & King County. These establishments include restaurants, food and espresso carts, coffee places, delis, the fresh food sections in grocery stores, temporary events where food is sold, and more.

There are nearly 10,000 permitted food service establishments in Seattle and King County. The majority of these establishments have two unannounced inspections per year. While many of these food service establishments will automatically receive one special educational session on food safety annually, any restaurant may request a special educational session.

The purpose of the inspections is to assure that the food is being handled properly from preparation through serving. Inspectors observe kitchen workers’ food handling practices, assure equipment is working properly, take food temperatures, inspect refrigerators and storage areas, assure water temperatures, and correct level and use of sanitizers. Any problem found is written up, and the manager is taught the correct procedure or method immediately.

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5 Responses to “Countryside Café closed by Public Health – Seattle & King County; now re-open”
  1. Question Authority says:

    In 1977 after a meal at that same location, although I do not remember the name back then I ended up at Highline Hospital with a severe case of food poisoning. Granted that was a long time ago, but I have never went back and now I think that was a wise prudent move.
    Some things just stick with a person, although that meal was not one of them in me for long.

  2. Joyael says:

    that place always looked sketch so I never went.
    very glad.

  3. Mindi says:

    I love this place, and actually ate there Monday morning. I hope they get everything straightened out and up to date. Very friendly people and the food is really, really good.

  4. Ron Brown says:

    I’m not the least bit concerned about the Countryside. Eat there as often as we can, the food is outstanding and they understand cleanliness. The issue of temperature is always a problem; you can cite any restaurant in town if you happen to inspect it at the right time. Again, it’s silly to deny yourself a good, inexpensive meal because they were cited. Do you ever eat Chinese food?

  5. Matt says:

    Their food is excellent. There is a reason why there is always a wait on weekend mornings.

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