TORONTO — Pusateri’s management was issued an order by the Toronto Department of Public Health to close its gourmet grocery store on Avenue Road following an inspection that uncovered a pest infestation.
“The Avenue Road location is temporarily closed,” said John Mastroianni, general manager of Pusateri’s as quoted by The Globe and Mail. “We have been ordered by public health to shut down in respect to public health violations.”
According to the City of Toronto’s DineSafe report, the closure was due to a number of health violations, including insect infestation, inadequate pest control and failure to maintain equipment.
Mastroianni reports the store is undergoing a thorough cleaning and will be reopened as soon as possible.
Founded in 1986 on Avenue Road, two more Pusateri locations have since opened in Toronto’s Yorkville and Bayview Village communities. The high-end grocery store provides home-meal replacement options, creating competition for the foodservice industry.
Update: Following a thorough cleaning, Pusateri’s re-opened Oct. 24.