Live Cockroaches, Corn Meal-Diving Flies, and Kitchen Sink Muff Up Palace Gate Africa Restaurant
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North Side Restaurant Shut By City Health DepartmentInsect Infestation Will Not Be Tolerated
A North Side restaurant was shut down today when Chicago Department of Public Health (CPDH) inspectors discovered live cockroaches in the kitchen, small flies in a bag of corn meal, and a clogged three-compartment sink.
Palace Gate Africa, 4548 N. Magnolia, will remain closed until it has eliminated the infestation, fixed its sink and passed re-inspection.
Today’s visit was a routine, unannounced inspection.
The enforcement action was the 142nd time in 2009 that Health Department inspectors have shut a food establishment for Health Code violations.
Representatives of Palace Gate are scheduled to appear at an administrative hearing set for October 8 and pay a fine expected to total $1,500.
CDPH inspectors ordered restaurant staff to discard the corn meal.
The restaurant also was cited for failing to post “No Smoking” signs, as required by Chicago’s Clean Indoor Air Ordinance.
Chicagoans who believe that a restaurant or other food establishment is operating in an unsafe manner are encouraged to dial 311 and report it.