Chinese restaurant in Wilmington temporarily closed after state finds rodent droppings


Meredith Newman - Delaware News Journal

A Chinese restaurant in Wilmington was temporarily closed by the health department in late January after an official found rodent dropping throughout the business.

The Division of Public Health ordered Joyful Garden, at 829 N Tatnall St., to close on Jan. 29 due to an imminent health hazard and gross, unsanitary conditions, according to the inspection report.

The restaurant was allowed to reopen the next day. The owner was not immediately available to comment Monday afternoon.

During the routine inspection, the health official found droppings on the floor, on the bottom of prep tables and on the counter, according to the report.

The person in charge did not "demonstrate knowledge of cleaning equipment and dishes," the inspector wrote. Raw chicken was incorrectly stored over raw shrimp in the walk-in refrigerator, and raw meat and frozen raw shrimp were found thawing at room temperature.

The News Journal has created an online database for readers to view those inspection reports because the state has again delayed its own. More than 120 food establishments have been ordered to close by the state's health department since 2017.

Customers who want to anonymously report unsanitary conditions at Delaware food establishments can call a hotline at 302-744-4736. Inspectors follow up on complaints.

Contact Meredith Newman at 302-324-2386 or and on Twitter @MereNewman.

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