Oakland’s Las Palmas ordered to close, then re-opened | TribLIVE.com

Oakland’s Las Palmas ordered to close, then re-opened

Megan Guza
Las Palmas in Oakland

A day after county health inspectors ordered Oakland’s Las Palmas to close, a second re-inspection Tuesday deemed the storefront and eatery clean enough to remain open.

An initial inspection on Jan. 24 turned up an infestation of cockroaches, sewage leaking from a toilet and inadequate hand-washing facilities. A follow-up inspection Feb. 4 showed that none of the issues had been rectified, according to the Allegheny County Health Department consumer alert.

Inspectors also found a new issue on their follow-up visit: Dishes and utensils not being sanitized.

The inspection Monday cited live and dead roaches on and near coolers and shelves. The report noted that the facility had been treated twice the past 11 days, but no one cleaned up the dead roaches, droppings or casing, nor did they clean any of the affected areas.

The Tuesday inspection, however, showed “the facility has been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized” and “few dead cockroaches remain.”

Regarding hand-washing in the outer area of the facility, inspectors said all-purpose disinfectant wipes have been put out in lieu of a sink, which is inoperable. Wipes specifically for disinfecting hands “must be obtained until a permanent solution for the hand-washing issue is found for the outside cooking area,” inspectors said.

Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 412-380-8519, [email protected] or via Twitter @meganguzaTrib.

Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 412-380-8519, [email protected] or via Twitter .

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.