Friday, December 13, 2013
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Three other restaurants -- Sapporo Restaurant, The Loft and Mekhong Thai -- were closed but reopened after correcting violations.
Buffalo Wings-N-Things on Cumberland Avenue and three businesses that shared a kitchen on Custom House Wharf -- the Porthole restaurant, the Harbour's Edge banquet hall and the Comedy Connection nightclub -- remain closed.
Lisa Roy, the program manager of the state's Health Inspection Department, said the state has agreed to cover Portland's restaurant inspections while Sturgeon is on medical leave.
But Roy said the state would only be able to concentrate on opening and complaint-based inspections, rather than conducting regular inspections.
Steve DiMillo, who owns DiMillo's restaurant and has run advertisements that appear on the blog's Web page hosted by the Bangor Daily News, said he never heard Sturgeon was reassigned, only that she was taking a medical leave.
DiMillo said some restaurateurs may breathe a sigh of relief while Sturgeon takes time to recuperate.
"Michele was definitely more thorough than past inspectors," said DiMillo, whose restaurant passed its inspection. "She may have had an interpretation of the food code that was more stringent."
That's not necessarily a bad thing, he said.
"I think she proved restaurants she went in and closed were in need of being closed."
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