Rats, roaches shut down gourmet grocery store Pusateri's
Pusateri's Fine Foods, Toronto's upscale gourmet grocer, was forced to close one of its three locations Thursday after Toronto Public Health found an infestation of rats and cockroaches.
The public health unit closed the store's flagship Avenue Rd. and Lawrence Ave. W. location due to "poor sanitation and pest infestation" after a public complaint led to an inspection Thursday morning, said public health spokeswoman Rishma Govani.
"It is up to the operator to improve their services and arrange a reinspection with the public health inspector," Govani said. "It was evident there was poor sanitary conditions and infestation of both rats and cockroaches."
When first asked why the store was closed Thursday, Pusateri's general manager, John Mastroianni, told the Star it was for "general maintenance... equipment maintenance, that kind of thing."
"It's not rodents," he insisted.
Later, when confronted with confirmation from the public health unit that the closure was due to a pest infestation, Mastroianni admitted cockroaches had been found in the store.