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Talk about bad timing. The day the city-at-large learned that the owner of Phillipe's died was the same day health inspectors responded to complaints of a cockroach investigation and closed it for 48 hours. William "Bill" Binder, 94, died of natural causes on January 28th, but word didn't surface until this past Wednesday when his obituary popped up in the news. Inspectors told the LA Timesthat the restaurant, famous for its french dip sandwiches, routinely scores high during regular inspections. Phillipe's still scored in the low 90s, but a cockroach infestation is still a cockroach infestation.

The Chinatown favorite could open as early as noon today, just in time for the lunch crowds.

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