Sushi Joint At Nintendo HQ Closed For "Potentially Hazardous Foods"

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The dubious quality of Nintendo's eateries has been a touchy subject for a while now, and that saga continues with the temporary closure of a vendor operating at Nintendo of America's headquarters.

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According to a detail listed in a recent update on the public health section of the King County website, the food vendor "I Love Sushi @ Nintendo" was closed in late May.

Here's the relevant excerpt:

I Love Sushi @ Nintendo
4600 150th Ave. N.E., Redmond, WA 98052

Closed: May 20, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Reasons:

  • Potentially hazardous foods at unsafe temperatures.
  • Inadequate facilities to control temperature of potentially hazardous food, hot holding.
  • Operating without a valid permit.

The vendor has since reopened.

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata had to address the issue of poor food at Nintendo Japan's headquarters recently, after it came up during the company's annual shareholder meeting last summer.

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CORRECTION - This story originally reported that main cafeteria on the NoA campus, Cafe Mario, had been closed. This was inaccurate.

To contact the author of this post, write to yannick.lejacq@kotaku.com or find him on Twitter at @YannickLeJacq.

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DISCUSSION

The cafeteria is known as "Cafe Mario" and has Not been shut down. Shut down (temporarily) was a third party sushi vendor called "I Love Sushi" that sets up shop inside the cafeteria on Tuesdays. The vendor, which uses portable cookers and coolers, was forced to take a two week hiatus. They are back now and to my knowledge no one has ever (or had ever) gotten sick. The quality of the cafeteria itself is... well it's cafeteria food. So it's not the greatest and it's expensive for what you get, but it does in a pinch. To my knowledge the cafeteria itself has never been cited for a health violation. Certainly no one should be afraid to eat there. But that's just my stupid uninformed opinion as an NOA employee who eats there almost daily. Take it with a grain of salt.