Live roaches under prep tables, flies landing on glasses among issues that shut down 2 restaurants

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Flies, roaches and storage of food on the floor were among the issues that shut down two restaurants last week.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel typically highlights restaurant inspections in Broward and Palm Beach counties from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. We cull through hundreds of restaurant and bar inspections that happen weekly and spotlight places ordered shut for “high-priority violations,” such as improper food temperatures or dead cockroaches.

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

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

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1905 S. Military Trail

Ordered shut: July 28; reopened July 29

Why: Fourteen violations (six high-priority) shut down this restaurant last week.

Inspectors found 34 live roaches under a prep table in the back of the restaurant and flies landing on the prep table and a cutting board. Food was also stored improperly in the freezer, with raw shrimp over an open package of frozen mixed vegetables in the walk-in freezer. The restaurant was ordered to stop selling food items such as spaghetti, black beans, chicken and boiled potatoes due to “temperature abuse.” The restaurant reopened the next day.

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23269 State Road 7, Suites 105-107

Ordered shut: July 25; reopened July 26

Why: An inspection last week yielded 16 violations (six high-priority).

At least 30 flies were found throughout the restaurant, landing on stored drink glasses, herbs, a blender, the counter and other areas. Other violations included improper storage of beef, carrots and other vegetables on the floor behind the cook line and temperature issues. Inspectors also ordered the restaurant to stop selling some food due to what the report called “temperature abuse.” The restaurant was allowed to reopen the next day.

 

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