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June Restaurant Health Permit Suspensions

Researched by: KATHIE BOZANICH / Los Angeles Times

The environmental health division of Orange County’s Health Care Agency performs routine unannounced inspections of the county’s more than 6,000 restaurants, markets and other food establishments. When conditions violate state law or applicable county and municipal codes, inspectors can issue notices of violation. If inspectors find during an announced recheck that conditions cited in the notice have not been rectified, they can effectively close the business by suspending its health permit. Inspectors can also issue a summary health permit suspension during a routine inspection if they find an immediate health threat. In all cases, health permits are reinstated as soon as the situation is rectified.

Business: Pizza Man/Chicken Delight, 1701 S. Main St. Santa Ana Closed: June 5-12 Reasons Cited for Suspension: Failure to comply with notice of violation: cockroach infestation, dirty flooring that is also in disrepair and inadequate ventilation for pizza oven.

Business: Mi Ranchito Restaurant, 13187 Harbor Blvd. Garden Grove Closed: June 6-11 Reasons Cited for Suspension: Summary suspension: extensive cockroach infestation, unsanitary equipment, restrooms, floor drains and dishwashers all inoperable and food handlers smoking cigarettes in the kitchen.

Business: Restaurant Taiko, 14775 Jeffrey Road, Irvine Closed: June 7-8 Reasons Cited for Suspension: Summary suspension: heavy cockroach infestation, rodent droppings, poor sanitary conditions including heavy accumulations of old food in kitchen and stagnant water on kitchen floor.

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Business: Sonny Restaurant, 9062 Valley View St., Cypress Closed: June 8 Reasons Cited for Suspension: Immediate suspension: cockroach infestation and unsanitary equipment.

Business: Pizza Hut, 7922 Valley View St. Buena Park Closed: June 11 Reasons Cited for Suspension: Summary suspension: lack of hot water due to deteriorated underground water line.

Business: Pho 54, 12273 Westminster Ave., Garden Grove Closed: June 14-July 3 Reasons Cited for Suspension: Summary suspension: gross unsanitary conditions, rodent and cockroach infestations and backed-up floor drains.

Business: India Palace, 23692 El Toro Road, El Toro Closed: June 15-16 Reasons Cited for Suspension: Immediate suspension: lack of hot water.

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Business: Taqueria el Amigo, 1936 W. 19th St.Santa Ana Closed: June 15-18 Reasons Cited for Suspension: Summary suspension: heavy infestation of cockroaches living in food boxes and cartons.

Business: Sitar Indian Restaurant, 2632 W. La Palma Ave. Anaheim Closed: June 20-22 Reasons Cited for Suspension: Failure to comply with notice of violation: inoperative dishwasher and unsanitary utensils and food equipment.

Business: Vien Dong Market and Restaurant, 2329 W. 1st St. Santa Ana Closed: June 25-26 Reasons Cited for Suspension: Immediate closure for failure to comply with notice of violation: flooring, food preparation areas and entrance all very unsanitary, dishes hand-washed and restaurant used as living quarters; 22 uncorrected violations out of 31 original ones.

Business: The Craite Co., 127 W. Santa Fe Ave. Placentia Closed: June 26-28 Reasons Cited for Suspension: Summary suspension: very bad sanitary conditions and poor maintenance, including cockroaches and deteriorated floors, walls and ceiling; unapproved installation of walk-in area; cooler draining to overflowing bucket; accumulations of old food residue on food-processing equipment.

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Business: My Le, 2610 W. Edinger Ave., Santa Ana Closed: June 26-28 Reasons Cited for Suspension: Summary suspension: massive cockroach infestation.

Business: Taqueria Guadalajara, 1320 E. Edinger Ave. Santa Ana Closed: June 27-July 2 Reasons Cited for Suspension: Summary suspension: remodeling in food preparation area with business open and without health department or building department approval.

RESTAURANT VIOLATIONS REPORTED BY CITY/COMMUNITY

July, 1989--June, 1990

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City Violations Santa Ana 32 Westminster 13 Anaheim 11 Garden Grove 7 Laguna Hills 5 El Toro 5 Laguna Beach 4 Mission Viejo 4 Laguna Niguel 3 Buena Park 3 Cypress 2 Newport Beach 2 Orange 2 Huntington Beach 2 Irvine 1 Costa Mesa 1 Fountain Valley 1 Placentia 1 San Clemente 1

Source: Orange County Health Care Agency, environmental health division


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