EXTRA DIRTY DINING: Health Department Closes Three Diamond Blvd. Restaurants Within Seven Days Due To Rodents, Cockroaches

May 21, 2019 8:00 am · 40 comments

Three restaurants at 2030 Diamond Blvd. in Concord have been shut down within the past seven days due to vermin infestations, according to the Contra Costa County Environmental Health Department.

The first, which we reported on last week, was the Pho Lee Hoa Phat Vietnamese restaurant. It was closed due to rodents and cockroaches.

Then, a few days later, Goldilocks, which is a Filipino bakeshop, was forced to close after inspectors from the Contra Costa County Department of Environmental Health say they found the following:

  • 2 dead rodents on a glue trap underneath the storage rack (dry food storage area).
  • 30+ dead cockroaches on on a glue trap underneath the storage rack (dry food storage area, same area as
    dead rodents).
  • 2 dead cockroaches on a meat sheet tray where onion machine is stored
  • 1 dead cockroach on the floor next to pressurized tank.
  • 1 dead cockroach on the floor between ladder and storage rack that stored single-use articles.
  • 3 dead cockroaches inside the floor sink beneath the ice machine (back kitchen).
  • 3 dead cockroaches on the floor underneath the hot holding unit (back kitchen).
  • 2 dead cockroaches between the floor and floor mat at the back kitchen cook line.
  • 1 live cockroach (nymph) on the wall above the 3 compartment sink.
  • 10+ dead cockroaches on the floor behind the 2 door freezer (across from 3 compartment sink).
  • 1 dead cockroach on the counter underneath the hot holding unit (front kitchen near side employee exit door).
  • 1 dead cockroach inside the 1 door refrigerator (front kitchen near the front double doors).
  • 1 live cockroach on the floor behind the shelf next to display refrigerator (customer self-service area).
  • 2 live cockroaches (nymphs) between metal brace and wall (front kitchen hand sink).
  • 1 live cockroach (nymph) inside the 2 door refrigerator (front kitchen).
  • 1 dead cockroach inside the 2 door refrigerator (front kitchen).

Ima’s Kusina, also at 2030 Diamond Blvd., was the third restaurant that was closed, however, a full health inspection report is not currently available. It’s expected to be released within the next day or two.

Please click on the ‘Dirty Dining‘ link to view all the most recent restaurant closures in Contra Costa County.

Koalmnr May 21, 2019 at 8:05 AM

Makes you wonder about Seafood City doesn’t it.

CV Student May 21, 2019 at 8:19 AM

Woohoo keep going Concord you’re on a roll!!

Ricardoh May 21, 2019 at 8:32 AM

Guess good ole American food at Denny’s is not that bad after all.

concord ygnacio May 21, 2019 at 8:34 AM

My fear is now the rodents and cockroaches will travel to the nearby Golden Corral and Buffalo Wild Wings, where I dine sometimes.

JW May 21, 2019 at 1:30 PM

They absolutely will, if they’re not there already. Why take the chance?

Dude1 May 21, 2019 at 8:42 AM

Aren’t these all near Seafood City? How are they NOT closing that store? If they are at the bakery they gotta be in thebstore… suck a dirty place.

concord ygnacio May 21, 2019 at 9:29 AM

They are all stores in the Seafood City Mall. But you are drawing a conclusion which is not based on fact.

Dude1 May 22, 2019 at 8:41 AM

Actually I worked in the grocery industry and if one section of the store had vermin… so did the rest…I don’t need facts… I lived it

Mr. Pink May 21, 2019 at 8:59 AM


Pony May 21, 2019 at 9:04 AM

This has been my question all along with mall, reused big box, and strip mall type set ups. The ceilings are all basically open. You know the rodents and roaches are in the ceiling so nothing to stop them from moving to another kitchen. I think when one shop in a location like this gets shut down, all get shut down until inspected

concord ygnacio May 21, 2019 at 9:34 AM

No. This is illogical. By the same standard, if your neighbor had a pest problem, I suppose your house or apartment should be red tagged until your neighbor’s problem is solved.

Each store maintains different hygienic standards. Some stores in a mall have good pest control, while other do not. You just cannot close all stores willy-nilly in a situation like that. That would lead to a lot of lawsuits.

Nicole May 23, 2019 at 6:38 PM

Actually, this is logical. I work in the pest control industry and they do travel from connected buildings…always safer to assume that they have traveled rather than that they havent

Captain Bebops May 21, 2019 at 9:05 AM

They’re making the rounds. After all, they have restaurant reviews to write. 😉

94519 May 21, 2019 at 9:31 AM


concord ygnacio May 21, 2019 at 9:35 AM

Huh? The creek is where rodents live. How do you suggest cleaning it up?

S May 21, 2019 at 9:33 AM

Man-O-Man! I’m gonna write a book on Concord Restaurants to avoid. It will be a never ending story… I’ll be RICH! Rich I Say!

O May 21, 2019 at 4:43 PM

you’ll never be rich. cause you’ll never start on that book.

S May 21, 2019 at 6:14 PM

Hey now… that’s not nice…

tired of taxes May 21, 2019 at 10:33 AM

Breaking news
Seafood City markets “Impossibly (safe) Burger” to join in on the Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat trend.

AnonZ May 21, 2019 at 11:40 AM


Rodants just move from one restaurant to another if not exterminated. I think if everyone, including the City, got on board and found a solution. Then use that solution across Concord, P.Hill, and Walnut Creek, maybe we could decrease the rat population.

I’m about to call the Health Dept on Silverwood Elementary, because they leave the dumpsters open all the time and there are lots of rats around; the dumpster is within 15 feet of the door to the kitchen, and within 20 feet of my back fence. I’ve complained several times about this issue but apparently, the janitor doesn’t seem to care about completing his job each night.

concord ygnacio May 21, 2019 at 12:25 PM

It could be people dumpster diving who open the dumpster lids at night. sometimes there is too much trash for the lid to be able to close.

Regardless, rodents are here to stay. There is nothing a city or regional coalition can do. You can’t get rid of them just like you can’t get rid of ants or bees.

Two solutions May 21, 2019 at 12:32 PM

A tourist wanders into a back-alley antique shop in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Picking through the objects on display he discovers a detailed, life-sized bronze sculpture of a rat. The sculpture is so interesting and unique that he picks it up and asks the shop owner what it costs.
“Twelve dollars for the rat, sir,” says the shop owner, “and a thousand dollars more for the story behind it.” “You can keep the story, old man,” he replies, “but I’ll take the rat.”
The transaction complete, the tourist leaves the store with the bronze rat under his arm. As he crosses the street in front of the store, two live rats emerge from a sewer drain and fall into step behind him. Nervously looking over his shoulder, he begins to walk faster, but every time he passes another sewer drain, more rats come out and follow him. By the time he’s walked two blocks, at least a hundred rats are at his heels, and people begin to point and shout. He walks even faster, and soon breaks into a trot as multitudes of rats swarm from sewers, basements, vacant lots, and abandoned cars. Rats by the thousands are at his heels, and as he sees the waterfront at the bottom of the hill, he panics and starts to run full tilt. No matter how fast he runs, the rats keep up, squealing hideously, now not just thousands but millions, so that by the time he comes rushing up to the water’s edge a trail of rats twelve city blocks long is behind him. Making a mighty leap, he jumps up onto a light post, grasping it with one arm while he hurls the bronze rat into San Francisco Bay with the other, as far as he can heave it. Pulling his legs up and clinging to the light post, he watches in amazement as the seething tide of rats surges over the breakwater into the sea, where they drown.
Shaken and mumbling, he makes his way back to the antique shop.
“Ah, so you’ve come back for the rest of the story,” says the owner.
“No,” says the tourist, “I was wondering if you have a bronze lawyer.”

Mary Fouts May 21, 2019 at 1:42 PM

I live in south PH and can tell you my neighborhood has an ample supply of rats and other rodents. One of my area neighbors had the wires chewed up by rats on newer vehicles parked in driveway, not once but twice. They are everywhere in Claycord, given our climate and ample vegetation, among other things. I don’t grown some garden items, including pimento peppers, which I’ve found are a delicacy for rats.

You can take steps outside to help manage the problem by keeping dropped fruits and vegetables picked up, removing ivy, and don’t keep wood piles near your house. Seal up possible rodent building entrances that are .25 inches or greater in diameter.

We aren’t going to rid Claycord of rodents. But property owners can take steps to manage the problem, and prevent building infestations in both commercial and residential properties.

Rizza May 21, 2019 at 12:18 PM

It’s about time that these restaurants closed! How about Grill City Seafoid City, you can see employees serving without gloves, their meat department is dirty.

whatever May 21, 2019 at 12:25 PM

If we ever get a summer here in Concord, do yourself a favor on a hot day and go around the back of Seafood City and take a deep breath. YIKES. I like seafood, but after smelling that when leaving Home Depot one day I seriously considered going full-on vegetarian.

I’m not at all surprised they have a roach problem, and likely always will. Seems the roach motels in the Seafood City limits are all full, no more room for the new visitors.

Frustrated May 21, 2019 at 1:26 PM

Is it really necessary to post every detail?

Silva May 21, 2019 at 1:48 PM

If you don’t like reading all about it, well.. don’t.

KJ May 21, 2019 at 2:10 PM

It’s public information.

Mr P May 21, 2019 at 1:27 PM

The following American restaurants were closed due to health violations:

Food Barn
Natural Life Foods
Patxis Pizza
Java Detour
Round Table Pizza
Subway Sandwiches
Jumping Spoon
Claim Jumper
Hilton Concord
more on the list…

Ricardoh May 21, 2019 at 1:34 PM

There is no excuse for unsanitary conditions. It is a sign the owners are not clean people. Or their name is Schmitt and they don’t give a ****

Rachel May 21, 2019 at 2:24 PM

I don’t think it is necessary to detail every single cockroach you found on theose establishments. It will kill the business!!!!!

norm May 21, 2019 at 4:27 PM

Concord has a rat problem.

MattfromConcord May 21, 2019 at 5:18 PM

What they NEED to do is FORCE a restaurant that fails the inspection to hire and pay for a ongoing exterminator. If the management can’t make the employees (of they just don’t care) clean, they should pay to have someone else to manage the vermin.

Mark May 21, 2019 at 8:16 PM

Just close all the restaurant Damn!

Laura May 21, 2019 at 11:15 PM

Do the Health Inspectors really count every bug and then Dirty Dining reports it? Is there an acceptable amount of cockroaches? What exactly is the threshold we are talking about? Just curious since they provide so much detail.

woody May 22, 2019 at 9:26 AM

Kill two birds with one stone… Pay the homeless to eradicate rats.
A couple buck per rat.

Never mind, then rats would be used as currency.

Tom Crews May 22, 2019 at 11:33 AM

Isn’t it better to find 60+ dead cockroaches rather than 60 live ones?

Tom Crews May 22, 2019 at 11:48 AM

With so many cockroaches, maybe Sea Food City should consider selling them like they do in China where they are considered a delicacy.

Frank May 22, 2019 at 1:50 PM

Part of the problem is that California has banned everything other than mechanical traps that actually kill rats. The stuff they sell now simply doesn’t work.

momto12 May 23, 2019 at 10:04 AM

If the roaches and rats are dead, at least they are doing something to try to stop them. They should be cleaning up every morning though.
I would be more bothered by poor personal hygiene (hand washing) than roaches in a building shared by several businesses.
Just like in apartment buildings, if you have an infestation in one apartment and treat only that apartment, they will migrate to other apartments. You have to treat the whole building. One nasty business can create problems for other businesses in the building.

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