Detroit DoorDash Driver Shares Video of Cockroach Infestation at Popeyes, Restaurant Closed
A Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurant in Detroit is temporarily closed after a DoorDash Driver posted a video of a cockroach infestation at the location.
Popeyes' parent company was quick to point out that the location on Detroit's east side is owned by a franchisee. The company called the situation "completely unacceptable."
Video of the Cockroach Infestation Surfaces
The DoorDash driver shared the video of the bugs crawling on a to-go order and straws in the restaurant with Detroit TV station WJBK-TV.
"They got roaches, y'all," the driver says. "Running all over the straws."
The restaurant is located at the intersection of Conner and Warren.
Bug Expert Weighs in
Mark Vanderwerp is a bug expert with Rose Pest Solutions. He tells the TV station that a menu like Popeyes' is the ultimate diet for cockroaches.
"They do really well on highly processed carbs," VanderWerp said.
He notes that unsanitary conditions in the restaurant can keep the bugs there but says cockroaches are notorious "hitchhikers," likely being brought in from an employee's home or with a supply order.
"Somebody has an infested home, they come to work, and bring some cockroaches with them, in a backpack, purse or coat, whatever," VanderWerp said. "Or it comes in on transportation and goods."
The Detroit Health Department visited the restaurant on Monday (12/5) and it's been closed since. It will be required to pass a health inspection before it's allowed to reopen.