UPDATE: Two Months After Forced Closure, Little Sichuan Remains Clean

Two months after forcibly closed down in June when rodents were found during multiple health inspections, the County Health System says the restaurant appears to be staying clean and compliant.


Two months after by the San Mateo County Health System for major health code violations - including the presence of rodents - San Mateo's restaurant appears to be operating on the straight and narrow.

Little Sichuan was shut down on June 21 of this year for a long list of violations, including the "presence of vermin, rodents, insects, birds or animals." 

Following the closure, County Health inspectors on June 27, June 28 and July 2, and each time, that the restaurant's operators had not sufficiently cleaned up their act, warranting the business re-opening to the public.

Patch readers that the restaurant appeared to be trying to cover up the reasons behind its sudden closure, telling customers who called or came by that they were "remodeling the kitchen," and posting a sign on their front door saying as much.

Requests for comment by Patch were denied.

Finally, after cleaning up the restaurant to the County Health System's satisfaction, .

Since then, it appears the restaurant has remained compliant with county health codes.

Dean Peterson, San Mateo County's director of Environmental Health, told Patch this week that a follow-up inspection was completed on July 10 "to ensure the facility was in compliance after it reopened."

Peterson also said staff from the County Health System's Environmental Health division met with the restaurant's manager on July 26 to re-cap the actions taken by the restaurant since reopening, and to outline further steps to avoid future infestation.

However, , before the restaurant reopened, 90 percent of Patch readers who voted said they would never dine at Little Sichuan again, even if the staff cleaned the restaurant and it was deemed safe to reopen by the County Health System.


PATCH WANTS TO KNOW - What do you think of how Little Sichuan has remained compliant with county health codes since being allowed to re-open? Tell us in the comments below.


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commuter August 29, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Is the restaurant under the same management? 10 years ago, this was one of the best and most popular Chinese restaurants in San Mateo. Then they changed ownership and went downhill. Quality was noticeably worse and the regular crowds disappeared. I'm willing to try them again if their reviews improve.
Jennifer van der Kleut August 29, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Commuter - as far as we know, it's the same management that operated it a few months ago when it was shut down. But I'm not sure how long ago the management changed - another reader did comment on a previous article that it did change a number of years ago, and he/she agreed that the quality went downhill after that.


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