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Rusty's Pizza on Olive Drive reopens with B grade after being closed by Health Department

Posted at 5:11 PM, Jan 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-13 22:03:33-05

Rusty's Pizza on Olive Drive has reopened after being closed for nearly two weeks. 

Kern County Public Health official Michelle Corson confirmed to 23ABC the business reopened on Monday. According to the Safe Diner website, the business reopened with a "B" grade. 

The Health Department closed down the pizza parlor on Olive Drive near Highway 99 due to a rodent infestation and other violations on January 30th. 

Health officials observed a live rat behind carbon dioxide tanks in the soda storage room.

They also saw debris buildup under cooking equipment and refrigeration units, a dirty floor drain near the cash register where the soda machine was draining to, and according to a pest control invoice a rodent was found in the kitchen and dining area.

Rodent droppings were also found throughout the facility. 

23ABC looked into the business and determined the owner of the Rusty's on Olive Dr. that was shut down, also owns three other Rusty locations, according to the health department.

One of these locations includes Ming Avenue, which was shut down in July of 2016 for issues with food storage and cockroaches.

According to the manager of the Rusty's on Auburn Street, the Rusty's locations east of the 99 have different owners.

These include: Niles Street, Wible Road, White Lane, Bernard Street, and Auburn Street. Zylo Hefferan says they all have A's from the health department. 

"Rusty's West" has different owners and is considered the locations on Olive, Ming, Rosedale, and Lamont, according to Hefferan.

Hefferan says if you call the Rusty's "call center" 661-835-5555, you cannot choose the location you order from. The order is delivered based on location and how close a certain Rusty's is to you.