Ever popular Tartine Bakery has reopened as of Monday morning, following a closure by the Health Department on Friday that sent ripples across the Bay Area food and media scenes.
Tartine co-owner and head baker Chad Robertson told the Chronicle on Friday that the business had had to deal with mice and rat invasions "many times over the years." But it was a followup inspection this month by an inspector with the city's Department of Public Health — one that Tartine's management probably should have been expecting after an initial negative inspection on November 19 — that led to the dramatic shutdown, as Eater now reports.
Inspectors found rodent droppings in the space on both occasions, in addition to issues with refrigerator temperatures, and they said neither problem was addressed before inspectors returned last week.
Robertson went on Instagram over the weekend to say, "To our neighbors, customers, and fellow food industry peers: please accept our sincere apologies for letting you all down and not holding ourselves to the highest level of cleanliness." He further noted that the bakery had passed its previous inspection in March with flying colors, earning a score of 98 out of 100. "We take this setback in stride," Robertson writes, "Be assured that we are using this time to deep clean, repair, and reflect on our cherished and hard earned place in this community. Our responsibility to be the best version of ourselves every day is not taken lightly."
As Eater notes, the bakery continued fulfilling pre-orders over the weekend ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday via its commissary kitchen attached to Tartine Manufactory, and it was doing plenty of baking in that kitchen to fill up the Guerrero flagship Monday morning as well.
Tartine opened on the corner of 18th and Guerrero in 2002 and has since become world-renowned in particular for Robertson's rustic sourdough breads, and his wife and partner Elisabeth Prueitt's pastry program. Tartine Manufactory opened in August 2016, and the company has also expanded with two Manufactory locations in Los Angeles, a new cafe-restaurant on 9th Avenue in the Sunset, and a new bakery-cafe next to the UC Berkeley campus that opened in September.
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