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Cockroaches to blame for health unit closing 2 downtown restaurants

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit closed two downtown restaurants on Ouellette Avenue after cockroaches were discovered on site, CBC News has confirmed.
The local health unit says it closed the Chanoso's and South Detroit restaurants on Ouellette Avenue, after cockroaches were found on site. (CBC)

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit closed two downtown restaurants on Ouellette Avenue after cockroaches were discovered on site, CBC News has confirmed.

The Chanoso's and South Detroit restaurants, which share a kitchen, were shut down Friday morning when cockroaches were found in the kitchen and food preparation area, said Mike Tudor, the health unit's manager of health inspection.

This sign was visible on the window of Chanoso's on Friday evening. (CBC)

"It was deemed a potential health hazard and the premises was ordered closed," Tudor said. "Both premises are closed until they comply with the order." 

He said health inspectors first investigated the site last week after a complaint. The owner had been working with a pest-control company, but the problem was worse when inspectors came this morning.

Tudor said the restaurants will remain closed until the owner fixes the issue. 

"The inspector would go back to do a re-inspection and determine whether the premises is satisfactory to reopen," Tudor said.  

This isn't the first time the health unit's cited Chanoso's and South Detroit for pest control issues. The restaurant recieved two stars on its food inspection report from Aug. 25, which lists 'Pest Control' as one of four infractions. 

"Cockroaches have been identified (there) before, but not to this extent," Tudor said.

A sign posted on the window of Chanoso's indicated that both restaurants were closed "due to a plumbing issue."

Chanoso's and South Detroit could not immediately be reached for comment.