Zocalo restaurant reopens after being shutdown for roach infesta - KCTV5

Zocalo restaurant reopens after being shutdown for roach infestation

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Zocalo will open its doors at 11 a.m. on Tuesday for the first time since a roach infestation shut down the restaurant. (KCTV5) Zocalo will open its doors at 11 a.m. on Tuesday for the first time since a roach infestation shut down the restaurant. (KCTV5)
A sign has been posted by the restaurant, thanking customers for their patience. (KCTV5) A sign has been posted by the restaurant, thanking customers for their patience. (KCTV5)
The restaurant was cited during a routine inspection on June 15. (KCTV5) The restaurant was cited during a routine inspection on June 15. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A popular Plaza restaurant reopened Tuesday after owners fixed a disturbing problem within the Mexican-American eatery.

Zocalo opened its doors for the first time since a roach infestation shut down the restaurant.

Chris Ridler, the restaurant’s owner, says it was a perfect storm, rainy weather, followed by high temperatures, pushed the six-legged creatures into the store.

Ridler says Brush Creek can backup sewer lines during heavy rains, which can invite unwanted pests. He says that’s what happened during the infestation.

The restaurant was cited during a routine inspection on June 15.

Zocalo was just one of several establishments in the Kansas City area that was cited for violations related to cockroaches.

Health inspectors say when they find a violation, they will circle back to see if it can be corrected on site.

The Zocalo health report found that the restaurant did not have effective pest control measures in place and roaches were found throughout the building.

Roaches were noticed throughout the restaurant, especially by the back exit door. 

Health department officials say spotting even a few roaches during the day can signal a much bigger problem within the walls.

Ridler says his staff has worked tirelessly, tearing out walls. He says they’ve also renovated much of the basement to make sure the issue doesn’t happen again.

The Kansas City Health Department says the problem is gone and a sign has been posted by the restaurant, thanking customers for their patience.

The health department says anyone who finds cockroaches in their home should clean up all spilled food or liquid and sanitize all counters and floors.

Zocalo is located at 620 W 48th Street.

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