UPDATE—Din Tai Fung reports it has fixed the problem and the restaurant is open for lunch. Here’s the official word: "We experienced some plumbing issue late afternoon yesterday. After evaluating the situation, we felt it’s best for the health safety of our customers as well as our employees that we shut down to follow our deep cleaning and sanitize procedures. We did not violate any codes in food handling nor did any of our food became contaminated. There was also no one that fell ill due to our food. This was simply a precautionary measure."
Usually the subjects of the King County public health department’s food establishment closures are, well, the sort of places you’d expect to see in a public health announcement about food establishment closures. So this morning’s notice regarding a little dumpling juggernaut in Bellevue known as Din Tai Fung came as a surprise.
The reason? Sewage backup.
A call to the restaurant this morning revealed that Din Tai Fung might reopen in time for lunch service today, but subsequent calls placed to the same number produced a curious "your call could not be completed at this time" error message. Dumpling aficionados who were planning to dine here today might want to come up with a backup plan.
My call this morning didn’t seem like the time or place to ask about rumors that the international chain is scouting a Seattle location. But we’ll keep pressing on that front, too.