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Rat problem closes pizza restaurant

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 7, 2001

ST. PETERSBURG -- State officials closed Patellinis Pizza & Patio Grill at 270 First Ave. N last week because of a rat infestation.

A notice is posted on windows of the grill, saying it was closed by the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation "to protect public health and safety." The restaurant's license is suspended until an inspection by a licensed pest control officer proves that the rats are gone and steps have been taken to keep them out.

The restaurant, which sits across First Avenue N from the Florida International Museum, was closed Friday after an inspection prompted by a complaint, according to the state agency.

The inspector found evidence of rodents in the dining area as well as in storage areas, according to his report.

Efforts to reach the owners Tuesday were unsuccessful.

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