The Bob Evans restaurant on Fort Wayne’s southwest side has been closed by the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health after dozens of cockroaches were discovered.
The health department said Thursday afternoon that it had closed the Bob Evans at 5785 Coventry Lane, in the Village at Coventry off West Jefferson Boulevard near Interstate 69.
According to an inspection report, the restaurant was inspected Thursday after it received a complaint Wednesday about cockroaches beneath the cooking area.
During the inspection, cockroaches were found below a beverage station and on the cook line, scampering across the kitchen floor between the grill cooking line, and among clean plates under the kitchen line. The roaches were also discovered among food being prepared on the kitchen line, the report said.
A can of roach spray was found on an ice machine, and more than 40 roaches were found on traps that had been placed on the floor under the kitchen line, the report said.
After the discovery, the restaurant was closed.
The report stated that a follow-up inspection of the restaurant would be conducted after corrections are made. If it comes back clean, the restaurant would then be allowed to reopen.
It’s not clear what steps the restaurant is taking to get rid of the roaches. No one answered at the restaurant.
An employee posted outside the restaurant around 3 p.m. said it was “closed for renovations” and it would be back open at 6 a.m. Friday.