Restaurant inspections important to economy
Kudos to Jessica Scarpati and the TAB for the article “Bugs, mice plague Fugakyu, Zaftig’s” in the Oct. 25 paper, in which you report on the town health inspections at the two restaurants. Although the information from the inspections is presumably public record, not everyone in the town has the time to go to the Health Department and find this information out for themselves. Articles like this remind all of us of the value of a good community newspaper.
I’d also like to offer kudos to the Health Department for their continued excellent work. Besides protecting the citizens of the town, the Health Department is also helping with our town’s economic growth. The Coolidge Corner restaurants are a big draw for folks from all over the greater Boston metropolitan area, and their presence encourages people to come to Brookline to do their shopping as well. Should the town’s restaurants start to get a bad reputation because of health violations, the repercussions for our community would be felt far beyond the restaurants.
Finally, it was reassuring to read the comments from Desmond Cheng, the general manager of Fugakyu, as he acknowledged the issues and explained in detail what the restaurant is doing to work them out. Conversely, the lack of comment from the owner of Zaftig’s was slightly disturbing. I hope that Zaftig’s will get back to the TAB soon to explain their own plans to address the health issues reported in your paper.
Michael A. Burstein
TMM, Precinct 9