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Roach Infestation Closes Broadway Ale House

More trouble for the downtown beer spot after county health inspectors uncover cockroaches.

The Broadway Ale House refuses to grow up.

There were its identity crises, its foray with drugs, and now, we learn, it can’t keep its room clean.

The downtown bar is closed temporarily for at least the second time this year because of a vermin infestation, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Health.

The culprit, according to the closure notice posted Sept. 11, is cockroaches.

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The state Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control stripped the business' original owner of her beer and wine license earlier this year in response to criminal allegations that she sold cocaine from the location, and alcohol to an underage decoy.

In May, it closed for two days because of vermin "harborage" and "infestation." The next month, however, it received an "A" grade from county health inspectors, according to online records.

The bar is changing ownership, and a new name is forthcoming. Before it reopens, however, the owners will have to eradicate the bugs. Originally called the Fifth Amendment, its new name will be The Commons.

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mimi September 19, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Rumor is the place is kaput. No one is shedding tears. The place will be gutted and rebuilt as a restaurant. Presumably, the new owners have deep pockets in order to gut, rebuild and pay sky high rent.
Jenna Chandler September 19, 2012 at 06:26 PM
I hope to speak to the new owners soon to see what the plans are for this spot. Will keep you posted.

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