Sushiko back in business following suspended license


After having its food license suspended for 24 hours, Sushiko is back in business.

The restaurant in Crosswoods has corrected several health violations but will undergo increased monitoring over the next 120 days, according to Columbus Public Health.

On Dec. 18, the Columbus Board of Health ordered a temporary closure of Sushiko, 122 Hutchison Ave., following repeated health violations.

A recent inspection found that hand sinks did not provide water at 100 degrees and food was not protected from cross-contamination, according to city documents.

Jin Bae, who owns the restaurant, told health officials that he would have a proper water-heating unit installed by the following day.

When it was found that he complied, the suspension was lifted.

Bae had maintained the problem was that the existing water heater was located far enough away from the sushi bar that the water sat in the pipes and fell below the required temperature. He said the water was hot enough for other equipment closer to the heater.

Documents showed that health inspectors had visited the facility six times in the past four months after several violations were discovered, including foods that were not held below or above safe temperatures and unsafe food was not discarded.