Detroit Popeyes back open weeks after viral video showing roaches forced closure

Posted at 3:14 PM, Aug 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-07 15:14:51-04

A Detroit Popeyes location that was shut down last month after a viral video showed deplorable conditions is back open.

According to the Detroit Health Department, the Popeyes on Gratiot Ave. near 7 Mile opened Tuesday after corrected all cited violations and it is now in compliance with the Michigan Food Law and Code.

Shakita Jones started working at the Popeyes on Gratiot Avenue near 7 Mile Road three weeks ago, and she said she immediately began voicing concerns over what she said were disgusting conditions that included roaches, poorly washed cooking bowls, and other unsettling issues. 

Jones said she decided to go live on Facebook after being told to just step on the roaches and not scream when she saw one. 

"When I filled out that application, it didn't say we got roaches, you gotta kill them, you have to step on them," said Jones. "It didn't say they had dead flies on the ice."

In a statement released Tuesday, the health department said:

As of today, the Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen location at 14180 Gratiot in Detroit has corrected all cited violations and is in compliance with the Michigan Food Law and Code. Popeyes has fully cooperated with the Detroit Health Department’s Food Safety Team, submitted a corrective action plan, and has reopened. The corrective action plan includes protocols on staff training, cleaning and improvements to timeliness and prioritization of repairs and to stay in compliance with the Food Code. The Popeyes Management will provide updates on the implementation of their corrective action plan to the Detroit Health Department. The Detroit Health Department’s Food Safety Team will continue to monitor the establishment and followup with regular food safety inspections.