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Cockroach infestation closes Golden Sea City Restaurant for a day

Golden Sea City Restaurant was closed down on Monday following a cockroach infestation discovered by a health inspector. - Martin van den Hemel photo
Golden Sea City Restaurant was closed down on Monday following a cockroach infestation discovered by a health inspector.
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A cockroach infestation forced health officials to close down the Golden Sea City Restaurant, at 145-8360 Granville Ave. at St. Albans Road, on Monday.

The restaurant was permitted to re-open on Tuesday afternoon after a thorough cleaning.

While there were a number of cleanliness concerns noticed by a health inspector—including the operator's lack of the use of sanitizers when cleaning—it was the presence of cockroaches that raised alarm bells.

"Found cockroaches in varying stages of development at time of inspection," this week's inspection report states. "Large amount of cockroaches found around the dim sum preparing area, dishwashing areas as well as the side stainless steel preparation area near the dim sum table. Cockroaches were also found by the bubble tea side of restaurant in multiple cupboards as well as beneath and around the small reach in coolers."

The pests were also found in the drawers where staff kept their personal belongings.

"General sanitation in premises is poor which is contributing to the cockroach infestation based upon the site inspection."

The restaurant's primary operator, William Cheung, was ordered to ensure all cockroaches were eliminated and areas of potential contact thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.

Monday's inspection was labelled as routine, but it's the second such inspection in just over two months.

In May, a health inspector also found a cockroach in the dessert and bubble tea section, and ordered the company to contact a professional pest control company. Later in the month, a re-inspection found no pests.

But general sanitation continued to be viewed as inadequate.

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