DIRTY DINING: Concord Mexican Restaurant Shut Down For Second Time In One Month

September 21, 2018 8:00 am · 34 comments

El Tapatio, located at 4475 Treat Blvd. in Concord, has been shut down by the Contra Costa County Environmental Health Department for the second time in less than a month due to a vermin infestation.

The restaurant was inspected and closed on Wednesday after the department received a complaint from a customer.

Inspectors say they observed the following on Wednesday:

  • 5+ rodent droppings on floor in consumer dining hall.
  • 3+ rodent droppings on floor behind server station.
  • 10+ rodent droppings inside “Salamander” heating unit above hot holding steam tables.
  • 1 old rodent dropping on top of plates stored on shelving unit behind food prep refrigeration unit.
  • 4+ rodent droppings on floor underneath and behind main cook line.
  • 5+ rodent droppings on large can shelving unit next to cook line.
  • 5+ rodent droppings on shelving units adjacent to main cook line near mixer.
  • 4+ rodent droppings on floor surrounding three compartment ware washing sink.
  • 3+ rodent droppings on edge of drain board for three compartment ware washing sink.
  • 1 rodent dropping on top of onion storage unit.
  • 3+ rodent droppings on floor surrounding janitorial mop sink.
  • 2+ rodent droppings on drain board of sanitizing portions of mechanical dish machine.
  • 4+ rodent droppings on floor inside office room behind door.

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Dr. Jellyfinger September 21, 2018 at 8:05 AM

Aww rats!

S September 21, 2018 at 8:05 AM

So, how many tries does a restaurant get to cause a health risk? Two is too many; they should be permanently closed.

Cynical Scot September 21, 2018 at 11:25 AM

Especially, ya know… Twice in a month…

Melvin September 21, 2018 at 8:06 AM

It use to be our favorite place to go back in the day. Service and food had gone down hill and we quit going.

Kauai Mike September 21, 2018 at 8:23 AM

Best to eat at home. Lots of reasons.

ConcordMike September 21, 2018 at 8:31 AM

“Waiter? Could I have some more of those little chocolate sprinkles on my dinner?”

Katelyn September 21, 2018 at 10:40 AM


Willard September 21, 2018 at 8:52 AM

Ben, the two of us need look no more
We both found what we were looking for
With a friend to call my own
I’ll never be alone, and you, my friend, will see
You’ve got a friend in me

S September 21, 2018 at 11:14 AM


N_Villa September 21, 2018 at 9:00 AM

I work for a BIG pest control company, my territory being the concord/Clayton area. The owner of this building needs to spend some money to permanently fix this issue. EVERY restaurant has pest issues, it’s just a matter of wether or not you take care of them the CORRECT way.

hehaseesaw September 21, 2018 at 10:43 AM

Eat at home and stop giving these people jobs! They will have to let go a lot staff if everyone started cooking at home themselves. These people working today are lazy, feel entitled and get upset when a customer walks in that they have to serve, so I can easily see why the place is so disgusting and not kept clean… EAT AT HOME / COOK AT HOME !

Jack's Fan September 21, 2018 at 10:59 AM

Are the other restaurants in that strip being inspected too? Seems like it could be another Sun Valley fiasco waiting to happen.

Cowellian September 21, 2018 at 11:01 AM

That is a shame! Our memories are several years old, but we really liked this El Tapatio. This one was better than their Clayton Road location, but CC Ole’s was better than either El Tapatio.

CoCoOld September 22, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Oh, yes, agreed! Remember CC Ole’s homemade tortillas?

Ramon September 21, 2018 at 11:29 AM

It’s a shame this restaurant has gone downhill since new ownership took over in 2005. NOT affiliated with the restaurant of the same name in Pleasant Hill

Stephie D September 22, 2018 at 4:43 AM

Thanks for clarifying that there is no affiliation with El Tapatio in PH; I was freaking out as THAT is one of my favorite dining spots.

Pidge September 21, 2018 at 11:48 AM

Didn’t they also have their liquor license suspended last year for serving under age?

teacher September 21, 2018 at 12:00 PM


Mercury Mike September 21, 2018 at 3:56 PM

Uhh No!
They didn’t loose their Liquor licsence because of underaged drinking.
It was a State Tax issue.
People like you should not spread rumors.
Just sayin’

Lena September 21, 2018 at 4:35 PM

@Mercury Mike Rumors about their liquor license would appear to be the least of their problems, at this point

Teacher September 21, 2018 at 5:10 PM

Sorry Mercury Mike I am just giving the information that was given to me by one of the employees. If it its wrong, then I apologize .

Cowellian September 21, 2018 at 5:26 PM

Lena is right. El Tapatio is having more than enough problems staying open.

And when they loose(sic) their liquor license, for whatever reason, they certainly lose customers.

Conc le Bonk September 21, 2018 at 12:42 PM

Without the infestation problems, this El Tapatio is one of the blandest and saddest taquerias in the area. If you drive five extra minutes into downtown, you have Taqueria Los Gallos in Todos Santos, and if you drive maybe a block or two towards Clayton you’ll find Taqueria Los Arcos next to McDonalds/Nations. And this isn’t counting a handful of other superior spots in between.

Stove September 21, 2018 at 1:59 PM

Taqueria Los Arcos is gross, i will never eat there again, they once had a cooktop appliance pulled out and there was green mold all over the back of the unit, they just pushed it back in and kept using it. When i pointed it out to the cashier she said its normal, i then walked out, didnt buy any food and never came back. I should of probably reported it to health inspectors.

Ryan September 21, 2018 at 3:35 PM

I’m sad about Los Arcos. When I first went there in October 2015 (right after they bought out Los Gallos) it was amazing. I’ve been disappointed this last year. Food quality went downhill. Nothing tasted as fresh or flavorful as it did when they first opened. Not sure what happened, but it sucks because I used to go there all the time. Of course, now that I moved away from Concord, I’ll never go again anyway. But still, I wish they wouldn’t cut corners.

MEV September 21, 2018 at 4:41 PM

No on Low Arcos also. Tried it when having car washed nextdoor. Used to like the old El Tapatio on Willow Pass in the old days but no good now either. Never have cared for Treat location.

Paco September 21, 2018 at 8:10 PM

Los Arcos is not as delicious as it once was . What is going on… why would they not maintain quality food. Consistency people… restaurant owners… consistency. Why do corporate chain restaurants stay in business… consistency. When the restaurant has good food one month… and the next month, when you return, it’s awful… it’s just a letdown. Cooking at home is the best.

Mimi (original) September 21, 2018 at 1:04 PM

Oh good GRIEF! I almost went there for dinner 2 days ago!! So glad I changed my mind!

WC Resident September 21, 2018 at 8:58 PM

That added up a neat 50+ rodent droppings.

If a customer spotted the evidence then I suspect the employees are not giving a rat’s ptui about what’s happening in the shop.

cassie September 22, 2018 at 3:58 PM

talk too has terrible food. and they are related to other restaurants in the area.

Char September 22, 2018 at 6:59 PM

The last time I ate there someone spit huge snot into my iced tea. I will never eat there again! It was sooooo gross.

NinjaNurse September 23, 2018 at 7:27 PM

OMG. Never going back. I was excited they got their liquor license back….oh well. Disgusting. Makes me sad.

Jay September 24, 2018 at 7:10 AM

I quit going there years ago once one of the waitresses started hooking up with the manager who was married with kids. Safe to say she ruined that marriage and is with the guy still.

Sign from Above September 25, 2018 at 2:22 PM

We used to love this place. Then they lost their liquor license. We went back a few times and the place was practically empty. Eventually, we went elsewhere (sorry, I like my beer with my Mexican food). Now this? This will surely kill the business, but probably not the vermin! Time to give it up.

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