Gumby's temporarily closed over roaches

Published: Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 4:27 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 4:27 p.m.

Gumby's Pizza was shut down temporarily Tuesday after a state inspection found live and dead roaches, but the restaurant was allowed to reopen Wednesday afternoon after correcting all violations.

A routine state inspection of the restaurant at 2028 S.W. 34th St. found nine critical and eight noncritical violations. A state spokeswoman said roach activity is considered an immediate health risk to the public and grounds for closure.

Other critical violations included a repeat violation for a buildup of slime in the ice machine and a soiled microwave interior.

Shift leader Matt Blankenship said the restaurant reopened around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday after a health inspector "passed us."

The state temporarily closed 30 restaurants statewide in December, including nine for roach activity.

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