WOODLAND HILLS—More than a dozen restaurants across the San Fernando Valley were forced to close this month due to significant public health hazards, according to the The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH).

Between October 5 and October 14, 16 restaurants throughout Woodland Hills, Sherman Oaks, Studio City and North Hollywood had their health permits suspended, according to reports.

Violations that prompted the department of health to revoke health permits at these facilities included:

  • Rodent infestations
  • Cockroach infestations
  • Sewage discharge
  • A lack of hot water
  • No public health permit

Most of the restaurants that were closed for the aforementioned violations will be able to reopen within a few days of correcting the problem, according to a LACDPH spokesperson. Closure can occur during routine and owner-initiated inspections, complaint investigations and re-inspections.

Major health hazards that force restaurant closure only cost the establishment four inspections “points” – meaning, they can still receive an “A” grade on the same day their health permit is suspended, assuming everything else is intact.

San Fernando Valley restaurants that were forced to close include, but are not limited to:

  • McDonald’s located at 21901 Erwin Street, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Closure reason: Cockroach infestation; The LACDPH noted that at this facility, they “observed 6 fresh and 15 dry rat droppings in the cabinet were the package coffee is stored, in the customer area; 20 fresh and about 30 dry rat droppings behind the soda and coffee equipment on the floor in the customer area; 4 fresh rat droppings on the cups and lids used for soda, inside the cabinet under the soda machine (some cups and lids were in the plastic bag some not).”

Closure date: October 6

Re-open date: October 8

  • 7-Eleven Store located at 10610 Magnolia Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA

Closure reason: Cockroach infestation

Closure date: October 11

Re-open date: October 14

  • Rejuice located at 3238 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA

Closure reason: Vermin infestation

Closure date: October 11

Re-open date: has not yet reopened

  • Jumpin Java located at 11919 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA

Closure reason: Vermin Infestation

Closure date: October 5

Re-open date: October 7

  • Pita Village located at 14847 Burbank Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, CA

Closure reason: Vermin Infestation; No public health permit

Closure date: October 6

Re-open date: has not yet reopened

  • Blackjack Market located at 12643 Sherman Way STE #G, North Hollywood, CA

Closure reason: Vermin infestation

Closure date: October 12

Re-open date: has not yet reopened

The department did not provide details regarding the nature or severity of the documented health hazards. A full list of LACDPH restaurant closures can be found at https://ehservices.publichealth.lacounty.gov/ezsearch.