Soup shop owner collapses while preparing for reinspection

Less than a week ago I blogged about a Sacramento, CA soup shop that was up for sale after a recent health inspection unveiled a cockroach infestation. It appears closure plans have changed, and the owner has decided to remain open; or was in the process of it when he collapsed while preparing for a reinspection, reports The Sacramento Bee.

Daniel Pont, 70, has become well known for his one-man downtown restaurant, La Bonne Soupe, on Eighth Street. The tiny eatery with its gourmet soup and sandwiches topped the Sacramento Zagat Survey earlier this year but was closed last week after county health inspectors found both live and dead cockroaches.

The move shocked lunch goers who stand in long lines as they wait for Pont to prepare their lunches then handle customer transactions. Pont was working through the weekend to ready his restaurant for a fresh inspection this morning when he collapsed and was taken to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center on Morse Avenue.

Alicia Enriquez, the head of the county’s restaurant inspection program, said her inspectors arrived at La Bonne Soupe this morning and found a sign saying Pont had been taken to the hospital. She said the inspection would be rescheduled.