Just in time for the holiday rush, Kanemitsu Bakery opened its doors for business on Friday.
The 75-year-old business has been closed since June 25 after failing an inspection from the State Department of Health. According to the Molokai Dispatch newspaper, health inspectors gave the bakery a clean bill of health despite finding a few minor sanitation deficiencies. Apparently, contractors made the corrections on Thursday after the Wednesday inspection.
Prior to the shut down in June — caused by a customer discovering an ant in a loaf of bread — Kanemitsu had failed an inspection on March 7 and 8. At that time, DOH inspectors found “serious deficiencies in the maintenance and manufacturing practices at the facility,” including improper cleaning and sanitizing of cooking implements and surfaces, inadequate rodent control, lack of hot water and general unsanitary conditions.
An inspection in September showed that the business had remedied some of its problems but still had uneven floors and openings in the walls and ceilings that still needed to be fixed. Owner George Kanemitsu claimed that the DOH was trying to shut him down and did not properly identify the problems for him.
The violations in March resulted in a $90,000 fine against the business, Kanemitsu appealed the fine that will be reviewed at a hearing next month.
With the business now open in time for Thanksgiving, the bakery expects to be hit with large orders for bread and pies. This is typically the busiest week of the year for them.
Hours of operation are 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the famous hot bread beginning at 8:30 p.m. out of the alley behind the bakery.