June 20, 2013
As patrons munched on Shepherd’s Pie inside East Nashville’s Family Wash restaurant last Friday, an entourage of a dozen law enforcement officials unexpectedly entered around 10 p.m. in a way the owner alleges resembled a raid.
The group – comprised of two Metro Police officers, as well as Metro Codes, ABC beer board, health department and fire marshal officials – is called Metro’s Environmental Task Force. Its function is to ensure restaurants and bars are following alcohol, food, health and other codes.
But Family Wash owner Jamie Rubin says in his 16 years in Nashville’s food industry, he’s never seen or heard of anything like this.