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Mission Valley Pei Wei temporarily shuts down after inspectors find cockroaches

Posted at 6:21 PM, Jan 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-30 21:21:10-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A busy Mission Valley restaurant was shut down for several days after inspectors found cockroaches inside.

For three days, a sign informing customers of the news greeted them as they walked by the Pei Wei located on the 1000 block of Camino De La Reina.

The restaurant was ordered to close by the Department of Environmental Health because of the discovery.

Last Friday, a specialist found live cockroaches below the food prep island and on the counter where rice cookers and to-go containers are stored.

Dead cockroaches were also found below the dish machine and in a dry storage area.

Inspectors shut down the restaurant.

At the following day’s re-inspection, the department found live cockroaches at the cooks line computer system and then again the following day at the line prep area.

A statement from Pei Wei read in part: "Cleanliness and food safety are our top priority. We fell short of our strict quality standards at our Mission Valley location and we took immediate corrective action to fix those issues. We have instituted additional safeguards and procedures at all of our restaurants to ensure that we maintain our high standards every day."

Monday, Pei Wei re-opened. The county said they found no evidence of the cockroaches and the restaurant put pest control treatments in place.