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Rodent problem closes restaurant for short time

Authorities shut down the China King Buffet on Thursday after an inspector determined the restaurant was infested by rodents.

The restaurant reopened Friday after it was treated by a pest control company and cleaned.

During a routine examination, an inspector saw a live rat in a food storage room at the China King, said Lonnie Parizek of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The restaurant is at 10069 U.S. 19, inside the Home Depot Plaza.

The inspector also discovered "fresh and dried rodent droppings in the food prep and storage area," Parizek said Friday.

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation is the agency in charge of restaurant inspections.

Parizek said the restaurant owners had cleaned, patched rodent holes and hired a pest control company to fumigate the restaurant. The pest control company also was contracted to perform routine visits to the restaurant, she said.

State inspectors were scheduled to return to the China King late Friday afternoon to check the safety measures taken by the restaurant owners. By Friday customers were being served at the all-you-can-eat buffet.

A hostess told the Times that the restaurant's manager and owner were not available for comment.

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