The home of a beloved Sacramento steak sandwich is back in business after being closed for a week due to a cockroach infestation.
Jamie’s Broadway Grille was shut down by the County of Sacramento Environmental Management Department on May 24 after an inspector noted approximately 50 live German cockroaches in three parts of kitchen area. Jamie’s also was noted for a major violation of temperature holdings for sliced tomatoes and potato salad that were kept too warm.
Jamie’s Broadway Grille failed four follow-up inspections after live roaches still were found at the restaurant. Jamie’s was last inspected on May 31, when seven live cockroaches were noted, and the restaurant’s Environmental Health Permit remained suspended. The restaurant was re-opened in time for lunch on June 1 after passing its health inspection.
Owner Jamie Bunnell said a cracked sewer pipe and problems underneath the building led to the infestation. “Everything’s under control, but it took a while,” he said.
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According to Kelly McCoy, a deputy division chief in the Environmental Health Division of Sacramento County’s Environmental Management Department, a restaurant that’s been shut down for a cockroach infestation generally takes two re-inspections before it can reopen. Older buildings along Broadway also can be more prone to cockroaches when compared to restaurants in newer areas of Sacramento.
“This was not the worst infestation we’ve seen,” McCoy said. “There’s not always a correlation between how long the closure is and how bad (the infestation is). Some places we’ve gone to in town were literally crawling with roaches. (Bunnell) was very concerned and wanted to get re-opened.”
Open since the mid-1980s, Jamie’s Broadway Grille long has been a favorite of Sacramentans who crave grilled meats and hefty sandwiches. The no-frills restaurant on the 400 block of Broadway is known for its garlic steak sandwich, prime rib and clam chowder, which was showcased by Guy Fieri in an episode of the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.”
Jamie’s Broadway Grille received three-and-a-half out of four stars in a 2013 review by The Bee, which noted, “(P)ound for pound, year after year, there may not be another restaurant that does more great cooking, is more sincere and less showy about it than Jamie’s on Broadway.”
A follow-up health inspection for Jamie’s Broadway Grille is expected in two to three weeks.