Roach infestation doesn’t stop sushi at Ru San’s

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Ru Sans, celebrated by gay diners as one of their faves, failed a health inspection thanks in part to roaches. As in a roach infestation so bad that the health department demanded the restaurant close immediately. It didn't.

The showdown between a Fulton health inspector and managers at the restaurant, which sits near the Midtown intersection of Piedmont Avenue and Monroe Drive, unfolded on July 19. That's when Ru San's notched a 60 on an inspection, when a score below 70 is considered failing.

Among the 14 violations cited was this: "Heavy roach infestation in service area under and around prep coolers. Repeat Violation."

And that led to this observation by the health inspector:

This is a complaint investigation. Facility earned a second U on a routine inspection.Health department requested to close the facility. However the facility refused to close.

Wait, a repeat violation? Of roaches? When Ru San's barely passed an inspection with a 74 on May 3, the inspector noted a dead roach by the prep cooler. And on Monday -- a week after an inspector asked the restaurant to shut down -- more roaches were found in the same place.

You can bet the gays didn't know about all of that when Fenuxe readers named Ru San's among their Best of Atlanta for Sushi in 2012. In 2010, GA Voice readers voted it second for Best Asian in the media outlet's Best of Atlanta.

Throughout all four of Ru San's inspections in 2013 -- two failures and two near fails -- inspectors repeatedly cited the restaurant for sanitization problems, dirty equipment, cold food stored in warm temperatures, hot food falling below mandated temperatures, warm sushi and food handled by staff not wearing gloves. The ice machine has also been cited for "heavy debris build up."

In other words, this:

Failure to detail clean the entire facility.Floor and walls underneath the cookline, reach in units in sushi station, by dishamchine area, inside walk in cooler and walk in freezer must be cleaned thoroughly.

And bugs. It's enough to make you feel better about eating at Roxx.

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