October 1, 2009
Eatery's pest problem detailed in county report

The extent of La Bonne Soupe's cockroach conundrum has been illuminated by a Sacramento County inspection report.

The popular soup and sandwich lunch spot, which claimed the No. 1 spot for "best food" in a Sacramento Zagat Survey earlier this year, was closed Wednesday by county environmental health officials after a county environmental health inspector found a cockroach infestation during a routine check.

Owner Daniel Pont has not returned multiple calls for comment.

The inspection report, which is public record, lists the following violations:

• One live cockroach on the floor below the hand sink.

• One live cockroach with an attached egg casing on the shelf below the register, next to paper bags used for to-go orders.

• One dying cockroach on the shelf below the register.

• One dead cockroach in a glass on the shelf above the hand sink.

• About 15 dead cockroaches on the floor below the hand sink.

• Several cockroaches adhered to sticky pads on the floor below shelves, which were underneath the register.

The county inspector also noted a minor violation related to handwashing after seeing the owner "making sandwiches, answer telephone and then resume making sandwiches without washing hands in between tasks."

For further details, check out my story in today's Our Region section.

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