Fayette County

Restaurant reopens after rodent accusation

Red Bang Bang on Maxwell Street, shown in March 2014, reopened Monday after being shuttered last week by order of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.
Red Bang Bang on Maxwell Street, shown in March 2014, reopened Monday after being shuttered last week by order of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. 2014 staff file photo

Red Bang Bang reopened Monday, giving free meals to customers after a week-long shutdown.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department sent an inspector to the West Maxwell Street restaurant Monday morning for a reinspection.

“The establishment looked very clean and the restaurant took on many of our recommendations, including a deep cleaning, sealing outer openings, glue traps and storing bulk items in plastic containers,” according to a health department statement posted on Facebook. “There were no rodent droppings observed upon re-inspection this morning.”

The restaurant was closed by the health department June 21, after a customer accused Red Bang Bang of serving a meal with a dead rodent in it.

Red Bang Bang responded on Facebook, with owner and manager Cai Dong saying the claim was “very hard to believe” and alleging that the customer asked for $25,000. Dong said the allegations are false and that the restaurant had contacted the health department for “an immediate inspection.”

The restaurant posted via Facebook Monday that it appreciated the community’s “support and understanding” during the ordeal.

“We used this last week as an opportunity to address some improvements we have been meaning to make for some time,” the management said in the post, adding that it had installed a new air conditioning unit, repainted and upgraded its food processing equipment to increase capacity.

WKYT-TV reported that the restaurant scored 100 on the followup inspection.

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