County Health Shuts Down Food Service at Pignic Pub and Patio (Exclusive Video)

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The Washoe County Health District (WCHD) is demanding that Pignic Pub and Patio on Flint Street immediately stop serving food and allowing customers to bring their food in to grill — a main feature of Pignic’s operation.

“The WCHD has been in contact with you and your representatives over the last several weeks,” wrote the County’s Environmental Health Supervisor, David McNinch. “You have not submitted a revised variance application or the outdoor food establishment permit application and associated fees.”

Pignic owner Ryan Goldhammer is disputing the order.

Pignic’s representative, Tom Clark, said that he filed documents yesterday in accordance with what he said was an agreement with the County.

That move would’ve allowed Pignic to continue serving food, something it has been doing since the county approved the operation in 2013. According to Pignic’s Facebook page:

From prep stations to grills, utensils and tableware we provide it. You bring your own meat, fish, veggies, etc to grill or prepared sides to serve. If you didn’t get the memo we have you covered on your food needs too with locally raised meats, local sausages and thoughtfully prepared signature sides, rubs/marinades and sauces available from our deli case.

But Clark said that the County instead issued a permit suspension to Pignic at the same time that he was delivering payment and the documents requested by the County.

“It’s been a very heavy handed situation for them to put us in,” Goldhammer said. “It makes me not want to open any other restaurants here.”

He operates Pignic and both Noble Pie locations. Pignic remains open and will continue serving drinks.

“(The County’s) biggest issue, as far as we can see it, is simply one of paperwork,” Clark said. “They put an arbitrary deadline on us. It’s never been about the safety of the food.”

Watch the video below for more information.

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