CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A snack bar in the Kanawha County Courthouse judicial annex that was recently cited for numerous health and fire violations could soon close its doors.
The West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services licenses Brad's Snack Shack on the second floor of the annex on Virginia Street. The division has opted to replace the snack bar with vending machines.
On Jan. 25, Kanawha-Charleston Health Department sanitarian Alicia Page found two critical and 14 non-critical violations at the snack bar. Page found that the eggs in the snack bar's prep cooler were stored at 45 degrees and chicken salad was kept at 43 degrees.
Page also found that hot dogs, eggs and barbecue meat were stored above produce.
Both critical violations were immediately corrected.
Page then phoned the Charleston Fire Department and asked for an inspection of the entire building. Inspector Wesley Smith found there was no hood above the griddle and that no fire suppression system had been installed.
Smith said the snack bar would have to provide a hood and suppression system or remove the griddle. The griddle was removed.
That eliminated the snack bar's ability to make made-to-order food, Candice Ward said in a letter to County Commission President Kent Carper. Ward is the manager of the Randolph Sheppard Program with the state Division of Rehabilitation Services.
Losing made-to-order food left the snack bar unable to make a profit, she said in the letter.
The Randolph Sheppard Program promotes profitable employment for blind or visually impaired workers through vending, snack bar, and cafeteria business in government buildings.
Tracy Carr, a spokeswoman for the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services said the agency is required by federal law to provide profitable employment to those deemed to be legally blind.
A closing date for the snack bar hasn't been set yet, Carr said.