Two Long Beach restaurants were closed, and allowed to reopen, recently after the discovery of live cockroaches on the premises, according to the Long Beach Health Department.
The most recent closure happened El Burrito Grill in the Lakewood Village area, which was shut down Aug. 1, and allowed to reopen two days later, on Thursday, after health inspectors found five live cockroaches and two dead cockroaches near a sink and closet.
Inspectors also found a can of Raid stored below the sink. Domestic pesticides are not allowed in food facilities, and should be stored separate from food, utensils, packing material and other surfaces that come into contact with food, according to the report.
The restaurant, located at 4101 Bellflower Blvd., suite A, cleaned the premises and a follow-up inspection found the problems fixed.
The prior closure occurred at L’Opera at 101 Pine Ave. in Downtown Long Beach, on June 27.
Inspectors found 20 live cockroaches in a dry storage area near the water softener in the downstairs area of the restaurant. The executive chef told inspectors that the water softener had been replaced that day, and there had been a crack in the brick in which the cockroaches came out. Pest control arrived during the inspection to fix the problem.
The restaurant was closed June 27 and allowed to reopen the next day, June 28.
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