Three days after a cockroach infestation forced AJ Spurs in Templeton to temporarily close its doors, the popular restaurant reopened Thursday evening with the approval of San Luis Obispo County Environmental Health Services.
AJ Spurs closed Monday when a customer complained of seeing a live cockroach inside the restaurant, and the ensuing inspection by the health department showed evidence of all stages of cockroach development.
San Luis Obispo County environmental health supervisor Laurie Salo said a followup inspection Thursday morning showed a pest control company was able to abate the infestation. The health department recommended monthly pest control services moving forward, Salo said.
“They have a facility that’s older, so they do have a little bit of a problem getting things out,” Salo said.
AJ Spurs general manager Randy Reina said Thursday that the restaurant — inside a building originally constructed in 1886 — has been using monthly pest control services for many years and will continue to do so.
According to the San Luis Obispo County Environmental Health Services website, the AJ Spurs in Templeton has been inspected and items were found to be out of compliance five times since January 2016.
The health department has a point value system that places greater emphasis on “critical violations that contribute to food-borne illness.”
AJ Spurs has scored an average of 91.2 out of a possible 100 points during its five inspections.
The department’s inspection history revealed that during the inspection performed Monday, they found two live cockroaches near an automatic dish-washing machine and one on a wall near the entry to the kitchen prep area, as well as two nymphs under the cook line and on the prep table. Also, a 5-by-7-inch sticky paper trap covered in all stages of the life cycle was found under an automatic dish-washing machine.
Reina said he’s concerned about how this week could affect business moving forward.
“Everybody’s got to be concerned,” Reina said. “This isn’t good publicity. But we’ve been here for 35 years.”