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CLIPBOARD : October 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: Fatdogs, 23600 Rockfield Blvd., El Toro Dates Closed: Oct. 2 Reasons Cited for Suspension: Immediate suspension: heavy backup of sewage from floor sinks. Business: Gabbiano’s, 28431 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo Dates Closed: Oct. 3-8 Reasons Cited for Suspension: Immediate suspension: severe infestation of rodents. Business: Giancola’s, 101 Main St., Seal Beach Dates Closed: Oct. 3-22 Reasons Cited for Suspension: Summary suspension: no electricity for several days and cockroach infestation. Business: El Toro Bravo, 1204 S. Standard Ave., Santa Ana Dates Closed: Oct. 9-12 Reasons Cited for Suspension: Summary suspension: extensive cockroach infestation in food handling areas and poor sanitation conditions. Business: Halfway Snack Bar, 1701 Golf Course Drive, Costa Mesa Dates Closed: Oct. 11-12 Reasons Cited for Suspension: Summary suspension: extensive cockroach infestation in food preparation areas. Business: Barbecue Pit Stop, 24301 Muirlands Blvd., El Toro Dates Closed: Oct. 16-17 Reasons Cited for Suspension: Summary suspension: sewage backup into restaurant. Business: Chicken Chef, 23 E. The City Drive (in the Mall of Orange), Orange Dates Closed: Oct. 16-18 Reasons Cited for Suspension: Immediate closure: no hot water; numerous and various stages of cockroaches. Business: Playa Azul, 1320 N. Grand Ave., Santa Ana Dates Closed: Oct. 18-22 Reasons Cited for Suspension: Immediate closure: heavy infestation of cockroaches. Business: Carlitos, 13112 Newport Ave., Tustin Dates Closed: Oct. 23-25 Reasons Cited for Suspension: Failure to comply with notice of violation: cockroach infestation. Business: Mi Ranchito, 13187 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove Dates Closed: Oct. 24-26 Reasons Cited for Suspension: Immediate closure: cockroach infestation. Business: Thanh Hai, 9633 Bolsa Ave., Westminster Dates Closed: Oct. 29-30 Reasons Cited for Suspension: Summary suspension: cockroach and rodent infestation.

RESTAURANT VIOLATIONS REPORTED BY CITY/COMMUNITY

November, 1989-October, 1990

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City: Violations

Santa Ana: 32

Anaheim: 9

El Toro: 7

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Garden Grove: 6

Westminster: 6

Costa Mesa: 4

Laguna Beach: 4

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Mission Viejo: 4

Cypress: 3

Huntington Beach: 3

Laguna Hills: 3

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Laguna Niguel: 3

Orange: 3

Buena Park: 2

Fountain Valley: 2

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Newport Beach: 2

San Clemente: 2

Tustin: 2

Capistrano Beach: 1

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Irvine: 1

La Habra: 1

Placentia: 1

Seal Beach: 1

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Source: Orange County Health Care Agency, environmental health division


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