Thirty-six demerits plus a cockroach infestation spelled Dirty Dining for La Pupusa Loca on Nellis near Washington.
During their February 23 inspection, all kitchen activities were forced to cease and public entrances were locked after inspectors saw multi-generational German roaches just about everywhere.
They got their A grade back with zero demerits on February 27.
When we stopped by to get their side of the story, an employee met us at the door, took a business card and said the owner would call back. He did, but declined to go on camera or make any comment.
Inspectors saw live roaches on the cook line, in the dry storage room, the back prep area, near the sink and in the front service area.
They watched one roach crawl on the food prep table and another on the ice paddle. Live roaches were also behind equipment, on floors and walls.
There were also lots of dead roaches in all those areas and inside light fixtures, the slicer and glass juice containers.
In addition to the roaches, inspectors found:
- Iced coffee creamer that had expired in January but was in the make table on the cook line.
- Two bags of spinach that were 13 days expired.
- Moldy cheese the owner said was personal food and not for customers.
- Heavy dried food debris on the can opener and raw pork, beef and chorizo stored above ready-to-eat foods.
- Damp mops rested against the ice paddle and bulk sugar was stored in a trash can.
- Many foods had no prep or expiration date.
Flooring was cracked with standing water and there was excessive dirty build-up on refrigerators, fans, hood filters, shelves and the ceiling.
Behind the restaurant, it looked a little like a junkyard with a window wide open into the kitchen.
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