Chinese restaurant at 168 E. 4th Ave. in San Mateo was allowed to re-open for business Thursday after being shut down by the San Mateo County Health System since June 21 .
Reportedly, the operators of Little Sichuan had been hard at work placing rat traps around the kitchen and ceiling areas and cleaning rodent droppings around the restaurant in an effort to re-open.
However, twice after being shut down, environmental health inspectors from the County denied the restaurant's operators permission to re-open, after visiting the restaurant and - first on Friday, June 29 and again on Monday, July 2, according to Robyn Thaw, public information officer for the County Health System.
Interestingly, several San Mateo Patch readers wrote in, stating that the operators of the restaurant were explaining the reason for their closure as "kitchen remodeling," both in speaking to customers who dropped by the restaurant not realizing they were closed, and also in a sign on the restaurant's front door.
To that, Thaw said, "We have no knowledge of what the restaurant tells their customers or the public."
When Patch called the restaurant, employees refused to comment on the restaurant's closure.
In , roughly 90 percent of readers who voted said they would not visit the restaurant again, even if it was allowed to re-open.