New Castle pizza place shut down by state after official finds dead roaches in kitchen



Meredith Newman - Delaware Online


A pizza place near New Castle was temporarily closed by the health department last week after an official found dead and live roaches throughout the kitchen, including under the grill. 

The Division of Public Health ordered Gordon's Pizza, at 3044 New Castle Ave., to close on Jan. 8 due to an "imminent health hazard," according to the inspection report. The eatery was allowed to reopen on Jan. 10.

An owner or manager could not be immediately reached for comment. An employee who answered the phone on Monday said the restaurant has reopened, and that the issues have been resolved. 

The inspection stemmed from a complaint, in which a person saw a roach in the business, according to the report. During the inspection, the person in charge told the state official that the business has identified an issue with roaches and is working with a pest control company.

The inspector found "live roaches under the grill, inside the pizza station bain marie, under the pizza preparation table, and in the dry storage area," according to the report. Dead and living roaches were also seen on "glue pads" behind kitchen equipment.

In order to reopen, the official wrote in the report that the restaurant "needs to be cleaned and sanitized top to bottom, and no live or dead roaches can be seen during the re-inspection."

Did your local food establishments receive cease and desists from the state health department? Search restaurant and food establishment inspection reports »

This is the third food establishment to be closed by the health department this year. In 2019, the state closed 72 food establishments, often citing gross, unsanitary conditions.

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.



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