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Fly in juice maker, rodent droppings force closure of 8 SoFla restaurants

ByRandall B. Phelps

Aug 29, 2022

The state ordered the temporary closure of eight South Florida restaurants last week after inspectors found violations including ‘unpleasant odors’, rodent droppings and live flies on clean cutting boards, a knife handle and napkins.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel typically highlights restaurant inspections in Broward and Palm Beach counties by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. We’re eliminating hundreds of restaurant and bar inspections that take place every week and highlighting places closed for “high priority violations,” such as improper food temperatures or dead cockroaches.

Sun Sentinel readers can browse the full reports for Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties via our state inspection map, updated weekly (usually Mondays) with new data pulled from the website. Florida DBPR.

Any restaurant that fails a state inspection must remain closed until it passes a follow-up. If you have spotted a possible violation and wish to file a complaint, contact Florida DBPR here. (But please don’t contact us: The Sun Sentinel does not inspect restaurants.)

801 N. Federal Highway

Ordered closed: August 26; reopened the same day

Why: The state reported seven violations (two priorities), led by 36 live flies “landing on a cutting board and clean containers” in the prep area next to the kitchen, flying around the ceiling of the same prep area and inside a dry storage. An inspector spotted an employee breaking ‘raw shell eggs and began touching a clean plate without washing his hands’, and saw an employee’s ‘personal drink cup stored on a prep table next to clean bowls and knives. The arepa bar was allowed to reopen after a second inspection found only one basic problem.

2790 Stirling Road

Ordered closed: August 24; reopened on August 25

Why: Inspectors found six violations (three priorities), including eight live flies “flying around a 50-pound bag of red onions” and “around soiled aprons hanging from a shelf at the exit door”, as well as “above the dishes” in a sink and “around the deli slicer” in the kitchen. The restaurant was ordered to stop selling and discard its chicken wings and tenderloins, chicken breast, ground beef, quinoa and yellow rice “due to temperature abuse”. No violations were discovered during the inspectors’ follow-up visit on 25 Augustand the restaurant reopened.

4613 N. University Drive

Ordered closed: August 25; reopened on August 27

Why: The inspectors found 37 violations (eight high priority), such as more than 16 live flies landing “inside the orange juice machine at the counter”, as well as flying around the coffee maker and sink in the same area, and “flying around a standing cooler” in the kitchen prep area. The report also mentions “10 or more dead cockroaches on the floor next to wine bottles” stored at the counter and “40 or more rodent droppings in the kitchen prep area” – along with examples of unsanitary conditions, including included an employee’s drink container, without a lid, on a food prep table near clean plates, and an employee “eating empanadas at the counter”. The restaurant was also ordered to stop selling and discard its salmon, bacon, provolone, American curd cheese, Swiss cheese, corn, tomato sauce, feta cheese, sliced ​​turkey, cream cheese, chickpeas, eggs hard boiled, butter, cheesecake, empanadas (beef, chicken, ham, and cheese), cooked onions, ricotta cheese, and lettuce “due to overheating”. Next Ohana inspection, August 27found only one basic problem and the restaurant was allowed to reopen.

4047 Okeechobee Blvd, Suite 101

Ordered closed: August 26; reopened on August 27

Why: The state reported 10 violations (four priorities), including 24 live flies landing “on a red cutting board at the sandwich station at the front counter”, landing “on the handle of a knife on” the same cutting board, as well as “on red plastic baskets stored on a stand” in the back room and “on a small red plastic apple device for pest control. An inspector saw an employee take off his slippers “and put on shoes and [start] work without washing their hands. Finally, the restaurant was ordered to stop selling and discard its mac ‘n’ cheese, Monterey jack cheese, pepper jack cheese, whole turkey breast, shredded lettuce, tomato slices, slices of ham and his slices of turkey “due to temperature abuse”. Inspectors green light for the reopening of the restaurant chain after finding a pair of minor issues.

908 W. Sunrise Blvd.

Ordered closed: August 25; reopened on August 26

Why: Thirteen offenses (five priorities) were reported, including 56 rodent droppings “on canned goods and dry storage items on shelves opposite the kitchen cooking line”, “on cardboard shelves” and “on the floor between shelves” in the same area. Inspectors also saw an “employee without a beard guard or restraint” while preparing food, and examples of unsanitary conditions, such as the inside of a microwave and a “food contact surface.” food soiled with food debris”. Restaurant was allowed to reopen the following day with only one minor issue.

119 W. Sunrise Blvd.

Ordered closed: August 25; reopened on August 25

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Why: The state discovered 10 violations (two priorities), such as 40 rodent droppings “on the top shelf with cleaning supplies” and “on a shelf with single serve lids and takeout containers in the storage room” next to the kitchen. Despite the discovery of six basic and intermediate problems during a follow-up inspection on August 25the restaurant was allowed to reopen.

499 S. Federal Highway

Ordered closed: August 23; reopened on August 24

Why: The state report included five violations (three priorities), such as four live cockroaches found crawling “on the floor behind the handy chest freezer” in the kitchen, “on the lid of the cooking line flip-up cooler”, and on the floor under the same cooler. (The restaurant operator then killed the vermin and disinfected the area.) Inspectors discovered another major violation during their August 24a “vacuum breaker missing at mop sink faucet or fitting/separator added to mop sink faucet”, but allowed The Locale to reopen.

8800 W. State Road 84

Ordered closed: August 22; reopened on August 23

Why: Inspectors found 37 violations (nine high priority), led by 15–20 live flies “flying around the bar area landing on napkins, cup lids covering liquor nozzle nozzles and the bar counter”, as well as landing on tables in the dining room, “flying around the cooking line” in the kitchen, and “flying around the drains” in the dry storage prep area. Meanwhile, there were five “dead flies on the dining room window sill” and “a dead cockroach under the prep table.” Inspectors also found “unpleasant odors in the bathroom” and around the kitchen cooking line and dry storage areas. The restaurant was ordered to stop selling and discard its cooked rice “due to temperature abuse”. Although three subsequent issues were spotted during the August 23 re-inspectionthe state let Crazy Crab reopen.