Popular Pearl City eatery with roach infestation, other violations to close for good

Roach infestation, other problems force popular eatery to shut down
Published: Jun. 28, 2018 at 12:43 AM HST|Updated: Jun. 29, 2018 at 10:09 AM HST
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PEARL CITY, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Buzz's Original Steakhouse in Pearl City has announced it plans to close permanently after health inspectors found a long list of violations at the popular eatery, including a roach infestation.

The eatery had 31 employees and five will transfer to the Buzz's in Lanikai.

The other will be paid through June 22, plus get two additional weeks of pay.

"We would like to extend our thanks and gratitude to the community and to all the loyal customers we have had the privilege to serve over the past 51 years," said owner Bobby Lou Yeackel.

"We opened Buzz's Original Steak House on Kamehameha Highway in 1967, and 10 years later, in 1977, we moved to our current location on Kuahao Place. However, due to the deterioration of the building, it has become difficult and impractical to continue restaurant operations at this location."

She added that the eatery's lease expires in December.

The state Health Department issued a red placard to the restaurant after an inspection Friday. The inspection was conducted after a complaint.

A report said inspectors found roaches throughout the establishment "at different stages of growth. Roaches are active and walking on food-contact surfaces of equipment and utensils. Roaches also observed in dining area's furniture and carpet."

The manager was aware of the problem, according to health officials, and an exterminator has visited the restaurant.

When Hawaii News Now called Buzz's, a reservation agency said the eatery was closed for plumbing improvements. That was in alignment with the Health Department report, which also listed several plumbing issues that were being addressed.

"The plumbing system is not properly repaired or maintained. Observed: Several pipes leaking. Sewage pipes close to grease trap and in bar area recently repaired. Manager mentioned service person said more aging pipes need to be replaced," the DOH report said.

Other violations included improper storage of food, risking the chances for cross contamination, and inadequate hand washing supplies.

This story may be updated.

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