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More Rodents Found, Little Sichuan Remains Closed

County Health System reps say inspectors will be visiting daily until the situation gets under control.

Results are in from Monday's inspection of Little Sichuan restaurant on E. 4th Avenue in San Mateo, and unfortunately, they aren't good.

According to Robyn Thaw, public information officer for the San Mateo County Health System, inspectors found additional rodents in the restaurant Monday, and therefore are not allowing the restaurant to re-open at this time.

"Environmental Health staff visited the facility, and while there was no evidence of new rodent droppings in the kitchen area, two rodents were found in the ceiling," Thaw told Patch.

Thaw added, the owners of the restaurant were ordered to continue working on the situation, and inspectors will be dropping by the restaurant daily to check on progress toward becoming a clean and healthy facility.

"The facility remains closed, and the operator was instructed to continue aggressive trapping in the ceiling area as well as in the kitchen, until complete eradication is observed," she said. "The ceiling area is to be vacuumed to clean dry rodent droppings."

Thaw added, "Environmental staff will continue to visit the facility daily until the facility is allowed to reopen; followed by an increased inspection frequency to ensure compliance."

Patch wants to know - were you a fan of Little Sichuan? If the restaurant is deemed clean and allowed to re-open, would you dine there? Tell us in the anonymous poll below, and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section as well.

B P July 02, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Voted "will not return." This place was alright, but there are plenty of better, rodent-free Chinese restaurants nearby. What makes it even worse is that the restaurant put up a sign explaining that their closure was due to a "kitchen remodel." I suppose laying down rat traps could technically count as remodeling, but pretty iffy none the less.
Jennifer van der Kleut July 03, 2012 at 12:08 AM
B P - thanks for sharing! That does indeed sound shady, I hadn't seen their sign.
commuter July 03, 2012 at 02:36 AM
I used to go there all the time. Used to be high quality and always crowded. The restaurant changed ownership several years ago and got much worse. Food quality went way down and most of the regulars stopped visiting. If they do reopen, I hope it is under more competent management.
Pierre July 03, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Went once several years ago and the place stunk and so did the waiter. Would not go back after that and will now never go back. The place is also an eye sore for San Mateo.

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