Popular pizza place shut down due to bugs

Published On: Mar 07 2012 09:32:53 PM EST
Updated On: Mar 08 2012 09:34:02 PM EST

A favorite in Fernandina Beach was shut down for the night because of the bugs.

Tony's Brick Oven Pizzeria & Restaurant in Fernandino Beach was shut down for a night because inspectors found 75 roaches underneath a pizza oven.

We put a panel underneath our oven to keep water from going under there and didn't realize it was a breeding ground for them," explains Mark Keller, the manager at Tony's Brick Oven Pizzeria & Restaurant.

Keller has been in the restaurant business for 20 years and he says he's mainly embarrassed but also sorry to let his customers down. 

Keller says the problem started six months ago when they hired a new pest control company. 

"We thought they were doing a great job apparently they weren't, we brought in a new company and they started showing us different areas and we're, like, oh my God," says Keller.

Keller showed us the records from recent exterminations. He says they were in the process of trying to get rid of the bugs but the inspector got to them first.  Records show the inspector came back the next day and the problem was taken care of and allowed the pizza place to reopen for business.

"We did the things that we needed to do but it's still a stain on our record we're better than that," said Keller. "A: it will never happen again, and B: we'll be even better than we were before."

Channel 4's Melanie Lawson always like to mention restaurants to ace their state inspections.  Last week, the only restaurant inspected in Northeast Florida with zero violations during its inspection:

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