Health Hazards Close Five Local Restaurants/Market

By Marissa Mitchell

Walnut – The Los Angeles County of Public Health closed at least five (5) restaurants, one market included, in Walnut and its surrounding cities this past week. Cause of closure was deemed as public health hazards.

Between October 8 and October 14, the health permits for those facilities were suspended due to cockroach and fly infestations, as well as not maintaining  or having hot water, per a report from the Los Angeles County Public Health Department and the Pasadena Department of Public Health.

The restaurants and markets with suspended permits must shut their doors to all customers until the next Public Health inspection has determined that the  highlighted problems have been resolved. Closures may occur during routine and owner-initiated inspections, as well as complaint investigations and re-inspections.

The Public Health Department did not provided the number or estimated number of cockroaches or flies in the suspended facilities.

When a Los Angeles food facility is temporarily closed for a cockroach, rodent, or fly infestation, sewage problems, or for not having hot water, the facility loses seven points in addition to the four points deducted for major health violations. At the point of discovery of two major health hazards occurring concurrently, the facility loses an additional three points in its inspection store. This results in loss of passing grades (perhaps from A to B or A to C).

In contrast to the County of Los Angles Public Healthy department, the Pasadena healthy agency does not issue grades but rather one of three placards to each establishment: “Pass,” “Conditional Pass,” or “Closed.” The city does deduct points the same way the county does, but if an inspector determines a closure is warranted, the facility loses 26 points automatically.

The following facilities are those that have been suspended (temporarily shut down). Unless noted otherwise, the grades listed were received on the same day they were closed.

Rodeo Meat Market

Location: 13246 Valley Blvd, La Puente

Closure reason: cockroaches, flies

Closure Date: Oct. 10

Reopen Date: Oct. 12

Grade: C (76)

Jacquis Restaurant

Location: 778 Nogales Ave., Ste. E, Walnut

Closure Reason: no hot water

Closure date: Oct. 10

Reopen date: Oct. 11

Grade: B (84); received an A (94) during an owner-initiated inspection Oct. 16

Kalahi Bakery and Deli

Location: 804 N. Nogales Ave., Walnut

Closure Reason: cockroaches

Closure date: Oct. 10

Reopen date: Oct. 16

Grade: B (80)

Go Go Sushi

Location: 2269 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

Closure reason: no hot water

Closure date: Oct. 11

Reopen date: Oct. 11

Score: D (65 out of 100)



Blend It Healthy

Location: 411 E. Huntington Drive, Ste. 114, Arcadia

Closure reason: cockroaches

Closure date: Oct. 12

Reopen date: facility is still closed

Grade: B (87)


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