BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Over 60 percent of Kern County restaurants that were temporarily closed for health violations in 2019 occurred within the last month, according to the Kern County Public Health Services Department's website.
Several of those restaurants are located here in Bakersfield, including Tacos La Villa located off East California Avenue, which was cited and closed on Tuesday.
KCPHSD's website shows about 15 health violations at that location, including living vermin, improper food storage and insanitary areas of the restaurant.
Michelle Corson, a spokeswoman for KCPHSD said that Tacos La Villa location will be required to take food safety courses before reopening. A full inspection will take place again, before the restaurant is permitted to reopen, Corson added.
Two of the last four restaurants that closed were reported by customers to KCPHSD through the Safe Diner app, Corson said.
Customer complaints led to further investigations, which ultimately resulted in the closures.
Some of those restaurants were required to take a food safety course before reopening, Corson said.