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Springfield restaurant will temporarily close for renovations

After reopening over the weekend, Mi Jalapeno Mexican Restaurant, 1236 Upper Valley Pike, will temporarily close this week for renovations.

The restaurant expects to reopen Friday, according to owners.

Last week, the restaurant was padlocked. The Clark County Combined Health District said it did not padlock the restaurant, but an eight-page inspection found several health code violations, including roaches and other unsanitary conditions.

Owners worked overnight cleaning the facility last Thursday and were permitted to reopen the restaurant, according to Anita Biles, the health district’s Safe Communities Coordinator.

“(Staff) felt they had made drastic improvements,” Biles said.

Health inspectors also provided a list of non-food-related improvements which needed to be made in the future to certain areas, such as fixing ice machines, light bulbs, hand wishing, mop sinks, the kitchen ceiling and spraying for roaches.

Eleven codes were violated including roaches, old food residue and trash accumulation among others, according to an initial inspector’s report filed last Thursday.

The report lists Asucena Venavidez as the operator of the business. Umberto and Asucena Venavidez purchased the restaurant in 2007 for more than $425,000, according to auditor’s records.

After a slow weekend, owners on Monday decided to close temporarily to make renovations and complete the health inspector’s list, according to Sandra Venavidez, the owner’s daughter.

“We want to start fresh,” she said.

Owners will work hard to get the restaurant back on track, Venavidez said.

“We’re going to do a full renovation with new paint on the inside and outside,” she said.

Health inspectors will also keep track of the restaurant’s progress each day throughout the review.

“They really are trying to make a change here,” Biles said.

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