Health inspectors close Near West Side restaurant after finding cockroaches

  • By Alex Parker
  • Staff Writer
  • February 19, 2009 @ 3:27 PM

Chicago health inspectors closed a Near West Side restaurant today after about 20 cockroaches were found in the kitchen on the restaurant’s main floor.

Cockroaches were found under woks used to cook food and around other food equipment, health department officials say.

Aroma on Randolph, at 941 W. Randolph, was also cited for waste water leaking from a sink and running on the floor of the kitchen in the building’s basement. It was also written up for failure to provide soap and hand towels at a sink used by food handlers, and for having a poorly maintained outdoor garbage area.

A health department news release says a customer complaint led to the inspection, and that the restaurant committed “critical violations” of the city health code.

Representatives from Aroma on Randolph must face an administrative hearing set for March 19, and could pay fines up to $1,750. It was the 42nd time in 2009 Chicago Department of Public Health inspectors ordered a restaurant to close after finding health code violations.

Daily News Staff Writer Alex Parker covers public health. He can be reached at 773.362.5002, ext. 17