Wareham health board fines restaurant $300, tells Lowe's to reduce rodents

By Matthew Bernat | May 16, 2018

The Board of Health on May 16 fined a restaurant owner $300 for violating the state’s health code and told a home improvement store manager to fix a rodent problem.

Health Agent Robert Ethier told board members he received a complaint on May 8 regarding Persy’s Place restaurant at 3198 Cranberry Highway. An inspection uncovered improperly stored food, a grease-filled oven, mouse droppings, an extinguished cigarette on a counter and an unsanitary kitchen, he said.

“The odors were pretty bad in there,” said Ethier.

The restaurant had been inspected twice recently, failing one other time for similar violations, but passed the second time.

“They are capable of adhering to the code,” said Ethier. “There’s no reason they can’t.”

Persy's Place owner Shawn Heston said the problems had been addressed.

“Certainly, there were some problems. We’re not denying that,” said Heston. “We just want you to know we acted on everything you pointed out.”

Ethier commended Heston, but said the restaurant will be subject to additional inspections this year.

After Heston, Lowe’s general manager Chris Mullins met with board members. Ethier said a recent inspection showed that a mouse infestation was getting out of hand. Mullins said he was aware of the problem and had a pest control company coming in twice a week.

“Nobody wishes the mice were gone more than the associates in the store,” said Mullins. “We’re doing everything we can to remedy the situation.”

Board member Thomas Gleason said the store’s outdoor garden center, which gives mice easy access, would make it difficult to completely eliminate the problem. Ethier said mice in other Wareham home improvement stores had been eliminated or greatly reduced.

“I’m sure you’re doing as much as you can, but you need to step it up a bit,” said Ethier.

Board members issued Mullins a warning. They said the store will be inspected again in a few months.

Comments (12)
Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 17, 2018 08:20

$300 is a tiny slap on the wrist.  It should be $3000.  Those types of violations are unacceptable.  We gave that place a shot once.  The waitress forgot about us.  Then she brought me someone else's order.  I cut into the omlet to figure that out.  We were shocked to watch her bring it to the proper person afterwards.  Luckliy I'm not carrying any diseases.

Posted by: Spherebreaker | May 17, 2018 08:39

It would be nice if the  BOH could stick to more important things to make things safe in Town like monitoring flavored tobacco sales and its minimum price

Posted by: Rosebud | May 17, 2018 10:55

If one is smoking cigarettes in a kitchen, this is serious to me.  People while smoking are touching their hands to their mouth, and most likely not washing their hands afterwards.  If they take a smoking break-hopefully outside as law requires-handwashing should be mandatory.



Posted by: Andrea Smith | May 17, 2018 12:27

Will they ever learn? And if they do not learn, how many strikes until they are out of business?


WBTS - Went there once, once was enough, never went back.

Posted by: bruce gannon | May 17, 2018 14:37

dear SB I'd say a rodent infestation and hazardous kitchen conditions are very much the more in line with the responsibility of the BOH the other would be more an issue of licensing ..

Posted by: donknowlton | May 18, 2018 06:31

Bruce, SB just thinks he's witty.

Posted by: thkng60@yahoo.com | May 19, 2018 06:25

Put a couple hawks in lowes, that'll take care of the mice and the small birds. Once they get rid of the mice, you can let them out to attack the smokers. It's a WIN WIN.

Posted by: cranky pants | May 19, 2018 09:56

Dang, always thinking.

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | May 20, 2018 22:18

The Mice come in with the bags of seed . Grass and The Bird Seed...it’s impossible to rid them. Glad to see the BoH is on top of these things ... lol

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 21, 2018 10:13

Having Persy's Place & Lowes in this at the same time is like apples and oranges.  Mice in a restaurant = UNACCEPTABLE.  Mice in an outdoor garden center = TO BE EXPECTED.  You won't find a grain store, a farm, or any outdoor nursery type setting without mice.


Remember good ole Wareham Feed downtown behind the fire station?  They had a few resident cats on their staff to handle the mice.  The big box stores put them out of business and here we are.  Now folk think walking into big box Home Depot and Lowes should be perfect and sterile like shopping at Macy's or Bloomingdales.  Outdoors is still outdoors, seeds are still seeds, mice still do what mice do.  For crying out loud.


If we wait long enough Amazon Prime will eventually put the big box stores out of business.  Then we can get our genetically modified seed shipped to our doorstep via drones all vacuum sealed in mice free packets.

Posted by: Spherebreaker | May 21, 2018 13:30

Smokers eat Hawk

Posted by: rhbinma | May 23, 2018 20:46

But its ok for all the people that bring there dogs in food stores. what a joke.


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