The Hawaii Department of Health’s Food Safety Branch has shut down Bale Sandwich & Vietnamese Food restaurant in Kihei after a health inspector discovered a roach infestation in the kitchen.
The inspector issued the restaurant at 225 Piikea Ave. a red “Closed” placard Friday.
The health department said the business “must provide records of pest control treatments and significantly reduce or eliminate roach presence” in the kitchen to be allowed to reopen.
A follow-up inspection is scheduled for today.
According to the health department, the inspector visited the restaurant after receiving a complaint from a customer who reported finding a roach in crispy noodles purchased from the restaurant.
The inspector found “40 to 50 live roaches in the kitchen — including on disposable pans, food packages, prep chill units and cabinets.”
The health department said a small roach was also observed on vegetables in the prep chill unit.