DETROIT (WXYZ) – A kitchen by Detroit Popeyes in Louisiana is closed after a video showing alleged conditions within the restaurant became viral on social media.
Shakita Jones started working at Popeyes on Gratiot Avenue near 7 Mile Road 3 weeks earlier, and she said she immediately began to worry about what she said was disgusting conditions, the cockroaches containing badly washed cooking bowls and other disturbing problems.
Jones said she decided to go live on Facebook after she said she should just step on the cockroaches and not scream if she saw one.
"When I filled out this application, it did not mean we had cockroaches, you have to kill them, you have to step on them," Jones said. "It did not say they had dead flies on the ice."
Crews from the Detroit Health Department are at the scene on Tuesday. The Department has issued the following statement about the situation:
The Detroit Health Department's food safety team is currently in the field investigating the location of Popeye in 14180 Gratiot. The site is temporarily closed and the management of the Popeye cooperates with the Ministry of Health and follows all cleanup protocols.
The Detroit Health Department will continue to work with the location of the Popeye and it will work to make sure the restaurant is in proper condition before reopening.
You can see the video embedded below.
Popeyes' media relations responded:
"Food safety and quality is always a top priority for the Popeyes brand, and the franchisee, who owns and operates this site, has been working with local businesses Health officials collaborated and took appropriate measures to ensure that the restaurant was thoroughly renovated. "
The building remains closed" to the last word of the owner, "said a spokeswoman for the company.