Cockroach, rodent infestations and lack of health permits shut down these LA restaurants

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Twenty-five restaurants in Los Angeles were temporarily closed last week due to major public health hazards.

Between March 12 and March 18, those facilities had their health permits suspended for cockroach and rodent infestations and for not having valid health permits, according to a report from the Los Angeles County Public Health Department.

Restaurants and markets whose permits are suspended must close until another inspection determines the problems have been fixed. Closures can occur during routine and owner-initiated inspections, complaint investigations and reinspections.

The department did not provide details about the nature of the rodent and cockroach infestations — like the number of cockroaches or rodent droppings and where in the facility they were found.

If a food facility is closed for a cockroach, rodent or fly infestation, sewage problems or for not having any water running through the facility it loses an additional seven points on top of the four points deducted for major health violations. Any time two major health hazards, such as unsafe food temperatures, are observed, the facility loses an additional three points in its inspection score.

Here are the food facilities that were temporarily closed. Unless otherwise noted, the grades listed for the facilities were received on the same day they were closed.

• Continental Bakery

Location: 280 S. Rampart Blvd., Ste. A, Los Angeles CA 90057

Closure reason: rodent infestation

Closure date: March 13

Reopen date: March 16

Grade: B (80)

• Venice Market & Bakery

Location: 1529 S. Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019

Closure reason: cockroaches

Closure date: March 14

Reopen date: no matching reopen date

Grade: B (80)

• Broadway Snack Bar

Location: 621 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Closure reason: no public health permit

Closure date: March 14

Reopen date: no matching reopen date

Grade: A (96) received May 18, 2015

• China Wok

Location: 1527 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019

Closure reason: cockroaches

Closure date: March 14

Reopen date: no matching reopen date

Score: 64/100

• Crenshaw Live Supper Club

Location: 3888 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008

Closure reason: no public health permit

Closure date: March 14


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Reopen date: March 15

Grade: A (94) received Nov. 29, 2016

• Oscar Snack Bar

Location: 1240 S. Main St., Ste. 404, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Closure reason: no public health permit

Closure date: March 14

Reopen date: March 14

Grade: C (77) received July 20, 2016

• Pic n Go

Location: 2610 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90011

Closure reason: no public health permit

Closure date: March 14

Reopen date: March 14

Grade: A (92) received Dec. 2, 2016

• Daddy’s Burritos

Location: 5401 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016

Closure reason: no public health permit

Closure date: March 14

Reopen date: March 15

Grade: B (80) received Dec. 13, 2016

• Robert’s Mini Market

Location: 4801 S. Wall St., Los Angeles, CA 90011

Closure reason: no public health permit

Closure date: March 14

Reopen date: March 15

Grade: A (91)

• Sassafras

Location: 1233 N. Vine St., Los Angeles, CA 90038

Closure reason: rodent infestation

Closure date: March 14

Reopen date: March 17

Grade: B (86)

• Wild Living Foods

Location: 758 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90014

Closure reason: no public health permit

Closure date: March 14

Reopen date: March 14

Grade: A (96) received Nov. 3, 2016

• Knead & Co.

Location: 317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Closure reason: no public health permit

Closure date: March 14

Reopen date: March 14

Grade: A (96) received Feb. 2

• Grace Cafe

Location: 1221 W. 3rd St., Ste. 265, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Closure reason: no public health permit

Closure date: March 14

Reopen date: March 15

Grade: A (94) received Feb. 14

• Wokcano Express

Location: 2904 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90007

Closure reason: no public health permit

Closure date: March 14

Reopen date: March 14

Grade: A (91) received March 8

• Absolutely Phobulous

Location: 350 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048

Closure reason: no public health permit

Closure date: March 15

Reopen date: no matching reopen date

Grade: A (90) received Feb. 10, 2016

• Beverly Chicken

Location: 3909 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004

Closure reason: no public health permit

Closure date: March 15

Reopen date: March 16

Grade: B (81) received Nov. 15, 2016

• Injera.Com Market

Location: 1046 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90019

Closure reason: no public health permit

Closure date: March 15

Reopen date: March 16

Grade: A (98) received March 7

• La Abejita 98

Location: 1305 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90006

Closure reason: no public health permit

Closure date: March 15

Reopen date: March 16

Grade: A (94) received June 23, 2015

• La Pupusa Loca

Location: 5716 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038

Closure reason: cockroaches

Closure date: March 15

Reopen date: March 17

Grade: B (82)

• The Downtown Independent

Location: 251 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Closure reason: no public health permit

Closure date: March 15

Reopen date: March 15

Grade: A (96)

• El Rancho Market

Location: 3519 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Closure reason: no public health permit

Closure date: March 15

Reopen date: March 16

Grade: A (92) received Jan. 18

• Bao Bab

Location: 333 S. Alameda St., Ste. 100-E, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Closure reason: no public health permit

Closure date: March 15

Reopen date: March 15

Grade: A (91) received Dec. 8, 2016

• La Pequena Mini Market

Location: 713 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90014

Closure reason: no public health permit

Closure date: March 15

Reopen date: March 15

Grade: A (96) received Dec. 14, 2016

• 99 Cents Only Store

Location: 852 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Closure reason: rodent infestation

Closure date: March 16

Reopen date: no matching reopen date

Grade: B (81)

• Toms n Toms Coffee

Location: 333 S. Alameda St., Ste. 108, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Closure reason: no public health permit

Closure date: March 16

Reopen date: March 16

Grade: A (92)


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