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Simon’s reopens after ‘some rat droppings’ caused closure

Simon’s Bar & Cafe reopened Tuesday after a brief closure by health inspectors
Simon’s Bar & Cafe reopened Tuesday after a brief closure by health inspectors

Simon’s Bar & Cafe, the popular Sacramento watering hole and eatery shut down last Friday due to health violations, reopened Tuesday and is back in business.

The bar/restaurant at 1415 16th St., long popular with the city’s power brokers and politicos since 1984, was closed last Friday by order of the Sacramento County Environmental Management Department.

A sign placed by county inspectors in the restaurant’s window cited “insect/rodent infestation” as the reason for the closure.

On Tuesday, restaurant owner Simon Chan said a county inspector visited the restaurant in the morning and gave the all-clear for the site to reopen.

“There were some rat droppings. We had rain last week, and it drove some of the rats inside, but we’re all cleared out now and back to business as usual,” Chan said.

Chan noted that the Chinese restaurant and bar would have been closed Monday, a national holiday, under normal circumstances.

An email sent Tuesday morning by county spokeswoman Brenda Bongiorno confirmed the series of events: “According to the Sacramento County Environmental Management Department, Simon’s was closed due to a rodent infestation. The food facility secured pest control services. EMD re-inspected the food facility this morning and allowed it to reopen.”

Simon’s has been favored by Sacramento’s political barons for years, patronized by the likes of Gov. Jerry Brown and Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg.

When it appeared that Simon’s might be torn down in 2015 to give way to redevelopment, a “Save Simon’s” site was quickly launched on Facebook to rally support for the restaurant. Simon’s sits on land owned by the Capitol Area Development Authority, which has said it would like to build housing on the property at some point.

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover