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Dec 28, 2013 12:31 PM

No bathroom at the (West) Rox Diner?!

We noticed that while there used to be a customer restroom at the West Rox diner, there's now a sign that there's no longer a restroom for customers - is this "legal"? I thought that if you were a restaurant that served more than a certain number of customers, you had to, by licensing laws, have to have a bathroom...?

Just curious - as someone who once schlepped two 3 year olds through the kitchen to use the tiny tiny bathroom - and was grateful that it was there!

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  1. Yes it is the law. Call the Board of Health or Inspectional

    1. I was once at a sub shop that i had to go thru the kitchen and i kid you not, they opened a trap door in the floor and i had to go down ladder like stairs to a basement where there was a tiny one for staff!

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      1. re: hargau

        V. Majestic, the bygone Allston Vietnamese place, had this setup for years.

      2. It is not legal. In fact, I have been to a restaurant that had to remove seats because their plumbing/bathroom facilities didn't meet code for the amount of patrons.

        1. Mr. Bartley's in Cambridge doesn't have a bathroom. I found this out the hard way.

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          1. re: hiddenboston

            Bartley's is a rare place old enough to be grandfathered out of the requirement. The nearby Greenhouse was another; Tory Row had to sacrifice quite a bit of seating when it bought the space and had to add ADA-compliant bathrooms.

            The original Daily Catch in the North End is one of the few others I can think of that escape the bathroom requirement through grandfathering. Any others?


            1. re: MC Slim JB

              North End Pomodoro, at least last time I was there, which was quite awhile ago.

              1. re: purple bot

                According to Yelp reviews, Pomodoro has a (tiny) bathroom, at least as of this summer.

                1. re: sallyt

                  The law changed. I believe you only needed to have restrooms if you served alcohol. I worked at Brigham's years ago and most of them did not have public restrooms. A few places may be grandfathered, such as Mr. Bartley's.

                  1. re: pemma

                    Thanks for clarifying the rule. I am sure the board of health gets calls all day long on these matters and corrects the situation instantly.

          2. The board of health just closed Rox Diner down for a while a couple of months ago and it was closed for weeks, I think it was something about eggs left out. Since they were there so much if the bathroom was a problem they would have said something then.