High School Cafeteria, Restaurant Closed After Inspectors Discover Vermin Infestation

September 12, 2018 8:00 am · 15 comments

A high school cafeteria in Concord and a Walnut Creek restaurant were shut down last week due to a vermin infestation.

Inspectors from the Contra Costa County Health Department reported the following observations at the following restaurant and school cafeteria:

CREPES OOH LA LA, 1548 Locust St. Walnut Creek:

  • Observed dead and live cockroaches in food facility.
  • 2-3 live nymph cockroaches by mop sink near 1-door upright refrigerator.
  • 1 live adult cockroach at food preparation sink.
  • 1 dead juvenile cockroach on wall above food preparation sink.
  • 1 dead nymph cockroach in kitchen hand sink.
  • 1 dead juvenile cockroach behind 2-door upright refrigerator in kitchen.
  • 1 dead nymph cockroach on floor under cabinet of front hand sink.
  • 1 dead adult cockroach in cabinet under espresso machine in front.
  • 1 dead adult cockroach on corner of wall by 2-door reach in near crepe machine.
  • 2-3 dead adult cockroaches underneath ice machine in front.
  • heavy black specks, egg capsules and dead cockroaches underneath loosely sealed plastic on food preparation


  • Observed 10+ rodent droppings and gnaw markings on condiment packets on the backside ledge of a piano (piano is stored next to the two door refrigerator).
  • 3+ droppings on the floor underneath the piano.
  • 5 rodent droppings on the bottom cabinet. Single-use articles stored inside the cabinet.
  • 1 rodent dropping underneath the serving line in the front kitchen.
  • Gnaw marks noted on the plastic coping tile inside the dry food storage room.

All restaurants have since been reinspected and reopened.

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Jason September 12, 2018 at 9:01 AM

Haven’t eaten there in 20 years. Never going back!

Silva September 12, 2018 at 9:06 AM

They check institutional food service too? Because I could point them to an expensive local live-in facility that could desperately use an inspection. I once called to report it, and was told “that’s different from restaurants, and there’s no such avenues for reporting institutional kitchens “

The Bluebird September 12, 2018 at 11:55 AM

The county does inspect kitchens at rest homes such as Kindred facilities in Concord and Walnut Creek.

Lena September 12, 2018 at 9:08 AM

It’s those juvenile cockroaches you got to watch out for, little deliquents on hormonal binges.

RSD September 12, 2018 at 9:12 AM

Thank you Health Department for not allowing mediocrity when it comes to our food safety. Great job and never bend to the critics that feel you are being too tough.

Staff September 12, 2018 at 10:06 AM

Every school in our district has a problem. Roaches, rats, and spiders are everywhere. I am shocked only YV is closed. It’s a district problem, not a staff problem. Money needs to be spent on updating buildings..

ACB128 September 12, 2018 at 10:26 AM

Remember going to the Crepe place a few times when I was in college. I enjoyed the place 12 plus years ago but probably wouldn’t be back. When it comes to food I am not very forgiving….

Citizen September 12, 2018 at 11:38 AM

When I worked at UC Berkeley Oh La la Crepes was located on University then they closed and relocated to Walnut Creek! I bet they clean up the place and get those critters out of there quick. Lots of people eat there and I am sorry they have a problem with the pests. I am confident they will get rid of them. I think it would be better if this health department would also report in Claycord when they clean up and pass the test. It is unfair of them not to.

School Dist Employee September 12, 2018 at 10:52 AM

I had a big beetle crawling on me in a meeting at the MDUSD dist office. I was told by staff that this was a reoccurring issue! Really? Can we get a bottle of Raid donated please!

GregTheElder September 12, 2018 at 10:59 AM

Does YV still have those cheese zombies? I used to get one everyday. Makes you wonder how many times you’ve eaten “tainted” food without realizing it.

Mint September 12, 2018 at 11:32 AM

Northgate had the similar problem last year. I was glad my kids never bought a lunch there.

My son had a summer job before taking off to college, he worked as a side cook. The inspector came while he was cooking, did the through inspections.

The only (minor)violation the restaurant had was that they found one can with a dent.

That was the first time he worked in a kitchen, even 18 year-old can follow all the rules. They do through inspections, but they are not that difficult to follow( My son had to take the online food handler class before he started working).

Bill Cutting September 12, 2018 at 12:12 PM

You think the food is bad at these schools try looking at how bad the actual education is!

sideline September 12, 2018 at 2:28 PM

Don’t think that all restaurants go through the same health department criteria! Every county has different standards.
Contra Costa is very strict (thank god) and I personally think they should ALL be the same. Throughout the country.

Restaurant worker September 12, 2018 at 4:41 PM

Most restaurants, grocery stores, food warehouses
get vermin one time or another. Bugs get tracked in by food suppliers, employees, customers and open doors. Health Inspectors just have really stepped up their game. Look up your favorite restaurant health inspections, you will find something.

Marianne September 12, 2018 at 6:54 PM

Found these vermin, now what. Close the restaurant because of these pesky things. What else are you going to do. Sushi time on one order.

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