Santee Sonic restaurant reopened after being shut down over rodent report

Posted at 6:16 PM, Nov 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-21 21:16:33-05

SANTEE, Calif. - A Sonic Drive-In restaurant in Santee that was shut down by San Diego County health officials after a report of rodents is back open after employees thoroughly sanitized the building.

Health officials confirmed the restaurant on 10515 Mission Gorge Rd., which was shut down for less than 24 hours, was sanitized from top to bottom and a pest control company was hired immediately to seal off spots where rodents were coming in.

Health officials told 10News inspectors returned to evaluate the restaurant and found all violations were remedied.

A Sonic official issued this statement:

"The franchisee who owns and operates the drive-in promptly addressed all violations and opened the next day after re-inspection. The drive-in continues to have a positive partnership with the health department and looks forward to continuing to serve the community of Santee."

The county's Health Department inspects all restaurants twice a year, but anyone who notices anything amiss at any restaurant can call the county and ask for an inspector, who will come out the same day.

Inspectors say restaurants have an incentive to do their best to keep their A rating and avoid expensive fines.

This incident was Sonic's first major violation, but they were able to keep their A rating and were not fined since they had a clean record and took care of the problem.