DECATUR — The presence of both live and dead roaches at Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen led to the Decatur restaurant's closure by the Macon County Health Department, according to inspection documents.
The Herald & Review filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking the records on Thursday night and received them Friday. As of 1 p.m. Friday, Popeye's, 775 E. Pershing Road, had not reopened. The restaurant did not answer calls for comment Friday afternoon.
Documents show that the health department on Tuesday investigated a complaint of roaches crawling on the restaurant's walls. During the inspection, a live roach was spotted below the prep counter, and multiple dead roaches were found throughout the kitchen and other food prep areas.
The health department inspector said pest control was needed at the restaurant and the areas where dead pests were spotted needed to be cleaned and sanitized, according to the documents.
A follow-up inspection was conducted on Thursday to see if the restaurant had corrected the issues, but the inspector wrote that there was an increase of live pest activity and "none of the suggested tasks of cleaning or maintenance were followed."
The documents said Popeye's was closed immediately Thursday as a result of the second inspection and can re-open after all of the necessary cleaning and maintenance has been completed.
The restaurant must also pay a re-opening fee and submit a letter with a plan to address all violations.
The health department on Jan. 1 changed its inspection practices to move away from a numbers-based scoring system to comply with new U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations. Read more about the new inspection process here.