DIRTY DINING: Cafe Inside The Jungle Shut Down After Inspectors Find Dead Rats, Rodent Feces

March 15, 2019 8:00 am · 24 comments

The cafe inside The Jungle, located at 1975 Diamond Blvd. in Concord, was shut down on March 12 after inspectors from the Contra Costa County Department of Environmental Health say they found the following:

  • 1 dead rodent on a sticky trap on the floor between the cabinets in the front area of kitchen across from the
    slushy machine.
  • 2 dead rodents on separate monitoring traps on the floor underneath the table. A slushy machine is stored on top (front kitchen).
  • 3+ rodent droppings on the floor in and next to the 2 dead rodents. (Front kitchen)
  • 3+ rodent droppings on the bottom cabinet shelf (east side) across from the slushy machine.
  • 6+ rodent droppings on the bottom shelf in the front kitchen near the box of crushed chile peppers.
  • 10+ rodent droppings on the floor next to the upstairs water heater. (soda syrup boxes stored in the upstairs area)
  • Rodent gnaw marks on the monitoring trap on the floor (underneath the table that stores the slushy machine).

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Mike March 15, 2019 at 8:03 AM

It seems businesses are struggling to keep out rodents and bugs. This place has always felt dirty to me, even when I went there as a kid it seemed gross. With Any Mountain closing down and many vacant store front it makes me wonder how much longer this shopping center will be around.

Bob Foo March 15, 2019 at 8:52 AM

One could only imagine what’s going on over at Park n Shop…

Look March 15, 2019 at 8:25 AM

Check their yelp reviews…that says it all.

WC Resident March 15, 2019 at 9:03 AM

The place gets five star reviews by Rattus Rattus, Rattus Norvegicus, and Periplaneta Americana.

Barbie Girl March 15, 2019 at 9:10 AM

The Fungal! Everytime we took our kids, (which wasnt often) my daughter would catch something. One time we found a dirty diaper in the ball pit. Never went back.

Mr. Pink March 15, 2019 at 9:11 AM

The Jungle is a gross cesspool, both in terms of germs and clientele. Shut it down and put in something that will actually draw people to The Willows.

clayton mom March 15, 2019 at 9:15 AM

Do people even consider that most of the rodent problems come directly AFTER renovations and construction. They built the Veranda and now there are rodents in adjacent shops, You tear down 100+ year old trees and don’t expect them to relocate to new homes. Although they are rodents they still need a home.

Shoulda Coulda March 15, 2019 at 11:28 AM

@ clayton mom

The Veranda replaced the Chevron Business
Park. The trees that were removed were part
of the landscaping planted by Chevon. They
weren’t a 100+ year old Concord forest.

NoMoreFreeRide March 15, 2019 at 3:55 PM

That has nothing to do with it. You’ve got a open canal next to The Willows if anything the rats are coming from the open space. Peopel leave garbage out the rats will show-up.

Ex March 15, 2019 at 9:51 AM

They need to check the courtyard Marriott restaurant last time I was there there were roaches and rats.

whatever March 15, 2019 at 9:56 AM

For heaven’s sake! The name of the place is The Jungle! You’ve got to expect some dead rodents and crazy insects there, it’s all part of the experience.

Bunch of snowflakes.

concord ygnacio March 15, 2019 at 10:56 AM

Speaking of restaurant closures, Yelp reports that the San Franncisco Creamery in Walnut Creek has closed for good. Such a shame.

concord ygnacio March 15, 2019 at 12:34 PM

I just called, and they are still open. They said they were only closed for 1-1/2 days a few weeks ago. Why did someone alter their Yelp page??

Anon2You March 15, 2019 at 11:01 AM

Hard to imagine that is the WORST thing about that place…With the amount of snotty nosed kids, with various colds, flu, and other sundry childhood ailments it seems like a perfect breeding ground for Patient Zero for the “end of the world pandemic” of science fiction lore… I also agree with “whatever”; What should we expect? The name of the place is The Jungle, they were just providing some WILDLIFE to add to the experience.

concord ygnacio March 15, 2019 at 12:37 PM

But how is this different from a place like Chuck E Cheese or Dave and Buster’s?

Darla March 15, 2019 at 11:17 AM

The older I get, the less and less I want to eat out! After watching way too many Gordan Ramsey shows, My tummy says NO! Even if I see the GREEN PASS certificate in the window! The Jungle should be cleaned, and sanitized EVERY NIGHT AT CLOSING!

Friendly IC Shopper March 15, 2019 at 11:32 AM

I once did an instacart food delivery for these guys, whoever it was that did the order ordered these huge tubs of ice cream and bunches of frozen snacks and things. The delivery time was for later at night when the location was about to close. The store they were shopping at doesn’t always have the same things, but he was being a real pill about refunds and replacements.

For those who don’t know, instacart is really intended for deliveries to individuals not businesses. It’s not like Sysco where there’s an inventory, a delivery truck, and a well paid driver. It’s more like Uber for groceries, and the drivers work basically for tips. There’s a big old “TIP” line when you order, and you have to actually erase the total and put in $0 to not tip.

When I get there, I make multiple trips with these bulk packages and deliver the stuff to the front desk. Start to finish it took me almost 2 hours to do the order, twice as long as it should have, because the customer wanted to treat it like a warehouse business service. No tip, no surprise. I don’t appreciate businesses that try to save money by mistreating other people.

Villavillacoolerton March 15, 2019 at 12:33 PM

I helped run a pizza place in concord for 6 years and never once did we have a rat/mice problem.

Giddyup March 15, 2019 at 1:23 PM

This is a new problem in the area. I do not remember EVER hearing of rat, mice, or cockroaches being found in area restaurants in the 70 years we have lived here. Now, Berkeley … while eating at a Greek restaurant near Euclid, the diners, me included, saw a mouse run into the kitchen way back in the late 80s.

This is an urban problem that probably hitched a ride out here on someone’s moving truck. We had roof rats in the many walnut orchards in the area, but it wasn’t an overwhelming problem to dispense with them. You rarely even saw them, and cockroaches were not existent. Same with mice. You were more likely to have a squirrel run in the house than a mouse or a rat.

H. Hart March 15, 2019 at 2:10 PM

So much hate for one business. Places get closed and reopen all the time. Sky High was closed the same day for the same issues. They were just able to gain theirs back the next day. The Jungle gained theirs back today. Look on the bright side, now it’s the cleanest these places have been in a while!

hehahesaw March 15, 2019 at 6:13 PM

These people working at these places and not reporting it themselves so they can keep their paycheck coming should feel ashamed! I don’t know how they sleep at night servicing fellow citizens like this that provide them a job buying goods from them! No customers = No job!

Did I Say That Out Loud March 15, 2019 at 10:30 PM

So you can’t stop vermin, but do you have to have droppings around? Do you need to have live and dead rats in traps ? If you see a rat in a trap what do you do, leave it ? Do you even clean your freaking restaurant ? Try sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, you know, that rare thing called elbow grease. This is the very reason I don’t eat out anymore, and more and more family and friends are no longer eating out as well.

Cynical Scot March 17, 2019 at 12:23 PM

I was unaware the jungle was even still down there. Thought it closed years ago… Lol oh well.

slagheap March 18, 2019 at 1:08 PM

i worked two years in the kitchen and related areas at the orinda country club – not one rat or mouse ever.

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