Sewage in kitchen temporarily shuts down Northeast Side gentlemen's club

Rodent droppings found throughout Paradise Gentlemen's Club

By Dillon Collier - Investigative Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - A Northeast San Antonio gentlemen's club was temporarily shut down last month after a sewage backup in the kitchen area caused "strong, obnoxious odors" to spread through the establishment.

A manager for Gentlemen's Paradise Club, located in the 4000 block of Interstate 35 North, said it was allowed to reopen after a day and a half, despite scoring a 67.

A city inspector also noted the presence of rodent droppings throughout the club as well as food debris on ice scoops and kitchen knives.

The manager said the club is in the process of replacing its air conditioner to help with ventilation.

Leticia's Mexican Restaurant

Leticia's Mexican Restaurant, located in the 1900 block of North Zarzamora Street, received a 59 after an inspector saw an employee handle raw and ready-to-eat food with the same glove and noticed "pronounced indications" of rodents in the kitchen.

The restaurant was also cited for having holes in its walls and ceiling.

Owner Juan Antonio Trevino acknowledged the issues but called the health standards too "strict."

During a follow-up inspection Monday, Leticia's was cited for 11 repeat violations.

Ramona's Cafe

Ramona's Cafe, located in the 600 block of Northwest 24th Street, received a 58 last month after being cited for having no paper towels in a restroom, a kitchen hand washing sink clogged with food and grease and for storing equipment that was not associated with the business.

Employees on duty when KSAT 12 stopped by said they did not know if the problems were corrected.

A follow-up inspection found 13 repeat violations.

La Bandera Molino

La Bandera Molino, located in the 2600 block of North Zarzamora Street, received a failing score of 67 after an inspector witnessed employees touching ready-to-eat food with their bare hands.

The establishment's reach-in refrigerator did not have a thermometer and tortilla chips were being stored in cardboard boxes.

The owner, who only identified himself as Antonio, said the violations were fixed. He allowed KSAT to get footage of the refrigerator's new thermometer.

A follow-up inspection Monday determined that La Bandera Molino had no repeat violations.

Regio Xpress/Mi Celayence Mexican Restaurant  

Two restaurants located next to each other in the 2900 block of Fredericksburg Road also failed city health inspections.

Regio Xpress received a 65 after an inspector saw an employee handle ready-to-eat foods with bare hands and workers not wearing hair restraints.

The restaurant was also cited for having accumulated food debris and grease on its floors.

A follow-up inspection found only one repeat violation.

Next door, at Mi Celayence Mexican Restaurant, an inspector found roaches in the kitchen, food debris on the shelves of the walk-in cooler and exposed fiberglass on a broken freezer lid.

The demerits combined for a score of 54 and a mandatory re-inspection.

The follow-up inspection found only one violation and no repeat violations.

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