Roach infestation found at iconic Pearl City eatery

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An iconic restaurant in Pearl City has been closed since Sunday. We learned it’s because of a roach infestation at Buzz’s Original Steak House.

A complaint was made to the Health Department two weeks ago.

The restaurant tried to take care of the roach infestation on its own by calling a pest control company. The state says they did not pass inspection and issued a red placard. 

In the food inspection report, it says roaches were found throughout Buzz’s Original Steak House at different stages of growth.

The report says roaches were active and walking on food-contact surfaces of equipment and utensils. The state also observed roaches in the dining area’s furniture and carpet. 

When we called the restaurant, we were told they were closed because of plumbing issues. The state also noted that the plumbing system was not properly repaired or maintained and found several pipes leaking. 

“Roach infestations can come from a lot of different things. Let’s say you own a restaurant and you have leaking plumbing and let’s say one side of the wall is always wet, that’s one thing that always attracts roaches and rodents,” Peter Oshiro of the Health Department said. 

The restaurant has made repairs to plumbing, but in the state’s report it says more pipes need to be replaced and the infestation might be under the building. 

“Typically, roach infestations do not lead directly to food borne illnesses but because roaches and rodents are an indication they have sanitation controls at the facility we will close them down if they have infestations,” Oshiro said. 

Aside from the roach infestation, the state reported other violations such as each hand washing sink had no paper towels or drying devices. Some food items were not protected form cross contamination. 

“Once we issue a red placard, we have no time frame for corrections. The public is protected by the establishment being closed,” Oshiro said. 

There’s also another Buzz’s Steak House in Lanikai, that location is not affected. We called the restaurant to speak to a manager and was told someone would get back to us.  

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