Raw beef, roaches, rodent droppings force Little Saigon to close

Published On: Dec 05 2012 06:08:53 AM EST
Updated On: Dec 05 2012 06:33:02 AM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. -

One of Orlando's most popular restaurants has been closed because of health violations.

Little Saigon, an award-winning eatery that's been open for decades in the heart of Orlando's Vietnamese district near Colonial Drive and Mills Avenue, was closed Monday.

A notice on the door, posted by state health inspectors, said, "This establishment is closed to protect public health and safety."

According to the health department, Little Saigon was cited Monday for 15 violations, 11 of which were "critical."

In addition to food temperature problems, the health inspector found "raw beef in soup."  Also, a dish cloth was being used as a food-prep surface and rodent droppings, dead roaches and pieces of roaches were discovered, health officials said.

It's not known when the restaurant will reopen.

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