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Water Main Break on Secor Road

This is a general comment, but the question is specifically for current and former restaurant owners (specifically upso and HistoryMike):

According to UT's Twitter page ( the water main break on Secor (3 hours ago) has resulted in a H2O water turn off inside Rocket Hall. The coffee shop inside Rocket Hall (Java City) is still open for business with no running water in the building (and no time frame as to when repairs will be made). Is this a health code violation?

created by MrsPhoenix on Feb 28, 2014 at 01:55:01 pm     Food     Comments: 7

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Pretty sure you need running water to wash hands, and washing hands is a requirement of health code. Not sure if you can get away with hand sanitizer etc...

How are they making the coffee? With bottled water? Seems odd.

posted by upso on Feb 28, 2014 at 03:57:58 pm     #  

They ceased making coffee and are only making smoothies.

posted by MrsPhoenix on Feb 28, 2014 at 04:24:21 pm     #  

don't you need ice for smoothies? :)

posted by upso on Feb 28, 2014 at 04:27:25 pm     #  

What if someone has to go #2?

posted by Molsonator on Feb 28, 2014 at 04:31:13 pm     #  

Molsonator posted at 03:31:13 PM on Feb 28, 2014:

What if someone has to go #2?

In a smoothie?

posted by slowsol on Feb 28, 2014 at 04:44:17 pm     #  

This happened to me on two occasions, once as an owner and once as a manager. Normally when the water gets shut off the city will immediately notify businesses, and yes: the lack of running water is a health code violation. You need it to wash hands, clean utensils, prepare food, mop the floors, flush the toilets, and a gazillion other things.

I managed a restaurant where water was going to be undrinkable for five days, and instead of closing we elected to pay $1000 and rent a water purification system that gave us potable water. Tough break, but losing $40K or so in sales was a deal-breaker for the owner.

posted by historymike on Feb 28, 2014 at 05:23:42 pm     #  

I love bathroom humor.

posted by Molsonator on Feb 28, 2014 at 05:25:12 pm     #