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High levels of probable carcinogen reported at Menlo Park restaurant

Original post made on Dec 2, 2019

A building housing a Japanese restaurant and, formerly, a dry cleaning business in Menlo Park has been found to have elevated levels of a substance often used at dry cleaning facilities and a probable cancer-causing chemical.

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6 people like this
Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Dec 2, 2019 at 8:38 am

A number of the great staff at Gombei have been working there for many years. Hopefully they are in good health.


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Posted by MP_Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Dec 2, 2019 at 1:44 pm

Love that restaurant - one of the few family-friendly, non-chain places left in the area. Best of luck to them in cleaning up the old mess and hope the cost doesn't drive them out of business.


2 people like this
Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Dec 2, 2019 at 1:59 pm

Gombei has been operating there for over 15 years
What prompted the chemical testing at this point in time?


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Posted by Manlo Punk
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Dec 2, 2019 at 6:21 pm

Sounds like the basis for another land grab!


2 people like this
Posted by pogo
a resident of Woodside: other
on Dec 3, 2019 at 5:50 am

A toxic clean up is, perhaps, the worst thing that can happen to a business. Although the toxic waste likely wasn't dumped by the current leaseholder, it is often a strict liability issue for the current renter. It is an incredibly expensive and regulatory complex process - usually well beyond the resources of even the most sophisticated and successful businesses.

I feel very sorry for Gombei.


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Posted by really?
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Dec 3, 2019 at 8:32 am

I wondered what that funny green stuff was in my sushi that was so toxic.....

Sad to hear that the regulators are busy tampering. Very different from the Jason's Cafe predicament, which anyone could have seen coming.


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