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Inspectors find roaches, mouse droppings at Chinese buffet in Westerville

Cockroaches, mouse droppings, and warm sushi.

Those are some of the unappetizing violations the Franklin County Public Department found during a May 15 inspection of China Garden Buffet, 79 W. Schrock Road, Westerville.

Over the past five months, the restaurant has had four inspections for a total of 15 critical violations, and 30 non-critical ones.

Most recently, inspectors discovered four critical violations, and 22 non-critical.

Critical violations included:

  • Unsafe food temperatures (State law requires cold foods be held at 41 degrees or lower. On day of inspection, melon was holding at 50, and sushi 64).
  • Soil build-up on bin used to store plastic forks.
  • Live cockroaches.
  • Mouse droppings.

A China Garden employee told NBC 4 Investigator Tom Sussi they're working with a pest control to deal with the roaches.

As for the mouse droppings, she told Sussi, "No live mice right now."

On day of the inspection, she said their air conditioning unit broke, and that's why the sushi over-heated. She said that's been fixed, too.

And this week's NBC 4 Up To Code Award goes to City Barbecue, 2111 West Henderson Road, Upper Arlington. The local favorite hasn't had a critical violation in nearly two years.

Since 1999, the restaurant has grown from one location in Upper Arlington to 38 locations in Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina, Georgia and Illinois.

General Manager Jason Cox told Sussi the key to success is, "Our food. I always tell our staff we're only as good as our last brisket."

Cox says they use an outside company to make sure all of their restaurants are Up To Code.


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