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Lao Sze Chuan Shut Down After City Inspectors Find Roaches in Kitchen

Chinatown location's been closed since Friday.

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Lao Sze Chuan Chinatown
Lao Sze Chuan Chinatown
Ashok Selvam
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The Chinatown location of Lao Sze Chuan, one of Chicago's premiere Chinese restaurants, is closed after city health inspectors found dead cockroaches inside sugar and cornstarch containers. City officials closed the restaurant on Friday.

This is what a city of Chicago spokesman said about the shutter:

"The establishment was closed due to a critical violation. As soon as that violation is corrected, we will re-inspect and they will be allowed to reopen once they are in compliance with the health code."

The city responded to a citizen's complaint about the restaurant. The inspector's report cited two critical violations: The aforementioned dead cockroaches and another violation mentioning live cockroaches under prep tables and walls, and more than 50 fruit flies in the kitchen. The report also cited three minor violations.

Lao Sze Chuan planned to reopen on Tuesday, but the phone line continues to give a busy signal. Owner Tony Hu didn't return an email seeking comment. This is the same location that was subject to a joint FBI/IRS raid in December. Though there's circumstantial evidence, the mystery of the raid continues to linger. Lao's downtown and Uptown spots appear unaffected.

Check out the full inspector's report from Friday below.

Lao Inspection

Lao Sze Chuan

510 Mason Road, , TX 77450 (281) 665-3668 Visit Website