Vermin in Japanese restaurant

5626-bishamon 001.jpg When a restaurant gets shut down by the Health Department, it’s not only embarrassing for the restaurant owners/managers, it’s also embarrassing for its customers.

On Thursday, Bishamon, a Japanese restaurant in downtown Covina, had this sign on the front door. “Closed due to construction.”

The front window displayed the Health Department’s closure notice. “Vermin infestation, no hot water, scored below 70.”

I couldn’t believe it. I’ve eaten at this restaurant at least a dozen times, and I go there about once a month. The restaurant has plenty of customers, and the sushi bar is usually full. I thought the food was pretty good and never dreamed about unsanitary conditions in the kitchen.

I’ve even taken my friends to Bishamon and recommended it to others. How embarrassing.

There’s no way to know that these poor conditions were around when I dined there, but it certainly makes you wonder.

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Later, I spoke with a woman who works in downtown Covina, and she wasn’t surprised by the closure. There have been lots of horror stories about that restaurant, she told me. One of her friends even found hair in a piece of fried chicken, she said.

When I walked by the restaurant Thursday, the tables and chairs were pushed to the side and it looked like people were doing some sort of construction. If and when Bishamon reopens, I doubt I’ll return. From now on, I categorize this place as: Eat At Your Own Risk.

Bishamon Japanese Restaurant
139 N Citrus Ave.
Covina, CA 91723
(626) 967-5900

Check out the Health Department’s closure list and see some other SGV restaurants recently shut down:

HOUSE OF LOUIE,
128 N GRAND AVE, WEST COVINA, WEST COVINA, CA, 91791


  • Date Closed:
    March 06, 2008

  • Date Reopened:
    March 08, 2008

  • Reason for Closure:

          Vermin Harborage

          Vermin infestation


  • YUE SHING INC.,
    9133 E GARVEY AVE BLD3, ROSEMEAD, ROSEMEAD, CA, 91770


  • Date Closed:
    March 04, 2008

  • Reason for Closure:

          Food to be pure & free of contamination, etc

          No Public Health License

          No toilet facilities

          Vermin infestation


  • GRAZIANO’S ITALIAN FOOD,
    2430 S FULLERTON RD, ROWLAND HEIGHTS, ROWLAND HEIGHTS, CA, 91748


  • Date Closed:
    March 04, 2008

  • Date Reopened:
    March 06, 2008

  • Reason for Closure:

          Vermin Harborage

          Vermin infestation


  • DONA MARIA,
    729 FOOTHILL BLVD, LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, CA, 91011


  • Date Closed:
    March 04, 2008

  • Date Reopened:
    March 06, 2008

  • Reason for Closure:

          Vermin Harborage

          Vermin infestation


  • PUPUSAS Y MAS,
    3133 N SAN GABRIEL BLVD, ROSEMEAD, ROSEMEAD, CA, 91770


  • Date Closed:
    March 06, 2008

  • Reason for Closure:

          Gross contamination of utensils/equipment

          No potable water supply or no hot water

          No Public Health Permit

          Un-safe food temperature

          Vermin Harborage

          Vermin infestation

  • 7 thoughts on “Vermin in Japanese restaurant

    1. I wonder if the SGV Tribune reporter who wrote the review a couple days ago on Global Express Chinese Cuisine knows about this:

      GLOBAL EXPRESS CHINESE, 1423 S BALDWIN AVE, ARCADIA, ARCADIA, CA, 91007

      * Date Closed: February 14, 2008
      * Date Reopened: February 29, 2008
      * Reason for Closure:
      Food to be pure & free of contamination, etc
      Gross contamination of utensils/equipment
      Vermin Harborage
      Vermin infestation

    2. There may be a flip side here: back when Oregon was using the letter grade seystm, were health inspectors using the same checklists and point-deduction standards they now use to generate the numeric scores or were the inspections made using a scale involving a different and perhaps shorter set of line items? [My guess is that when the change away from letter grades was made here, the current points seystm was developed and sold as a way to make inspection scoring "more detailed and more accurate" than the letter grades. If someone can tell us for sure one way or the other, it would be interesting to know.]Thing is, it seems counter-intuitive to me that restaurant kitchens *as a whole* in greater LA are any cleaner or any dirtier than restaurant kitchens in Portland (or Seattle, or Cleveland, or Boston). My own suspicion is that it’s just easier (and more useful) to game a limited-tier scoring seystm than it is to try and jigger a numeric rating. [Note that what an "A" rating actually means is that the highest percentage score an LA kitchen actually needs is 90%. There is no incentive whatsoever, as the seystm's been described, for establishments to push a 90% score all the way up to 100%.]

    3. There are no natural cures for bed bugs. The cleosst thing we have is diatomaceous earth, but even that has its limitations. It must be applied where the bugs are likely to hide or travel, which includes carpeting around the bed and if the dust is disturbed it can cause respiratory irritation. Additionally, bed bugs, sensing the material, will move away from it or go around it, however they can, to get to you. We humans, in our natural state, are infested with all sorts of parasites, some of which act as disease vectors. Bed bugs have not been proven to transmit disease, although they do sometimes harbor disease organisms in their mouth parts and bodies and it may only be a matter of time before they begin transmitting diseases. As we, in our chemophobic society, move away from chemical controls and back to natural means, we will move, inevitably, toward our natural state of being parasite infested and disease ridden. Sleep tight!

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