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Crabs & rats, cockroaches & fruit flies (oh my!)

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The discovery of live cockroaches, fruit flies and wastewater leaking onto the floor of a basement kitchen at a Near West Side pub led Chicago Department of Public Health inspectors Wednesday to shut the place down, while a North Side restaurant where rat feces was found Tuesday remained closed.

The Beer Bistro, 1061 W. Madison St., also was cited for not having any soap and hand towels at a hand-washing sink designated for food handlers, according to a CDPH press release.

Unpleasant dining conditions were also found on the North Side. On Tuesday, Cy's Crabhouse Sports Bar and Grill at 3819 N. Ashland Ave. was shut down Tuesday when inspectors found food at unsafe temperatures and numerous rat feces throughout the restaurant. It remained closed Wednesday, according to the Department of Public Health.

Wednesday's visit to Beer Bistro by CDPH was a routine, unannounced inspection. The eatery will remain closed until it has corrected all violations and passed re-inspection. Owners are also scheduled to appear at an administrative hearing Aug.20 and face a fine of $1,750.

The enforcement actions were the 117th and 118th times in 2009 that CDPH inspectors have closed an establishment for food safety violations.

Diners who believe a restaurant or other food establishment is operating in an unsafe manner should call 311 or register a complaint at the city's Web site.

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How do you access Department of Health records for Food Inspections? The Du Page county Health unit explained to me that you need to fill out a Freedom of Information Act. That the information contained in the reports are protected by HIPAA (is this a hospital?).
A restaurant closed due to a rat infestation is under no obligation to inform the public of this and can state they are simply closed for "Renovations" or "Gone-fishing". Nice.

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