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Rodents, roaches and a 4th chance for venerable Vietnamese eatery

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

tulan vietnamese san francisco2Tu Lan, the hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese place on Sixth Street south of Market Street that’s been around for decades and which the Chronicle describes as “famous and sometimes infamous,” has been forced to close, at least temporarily—again—by the health department. Among other things, the place is said to be crawling with cockroaches and mice.

It’s the fourth time in a year and half that the eatery has been shuttered, but owner Anthony Nguyen will get another chance to avoid being shut down completely at an Aug. 8 hearing.

Classic quote in the Chronicle from health inspector Stephanie Cushing:

"Sometimes (Nguyen) will say, 'We provide cheap food for people to eat,'" Cushing said. "But in this area of the street, we might have immuno-suppressed people who can't afford to get sick."

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