Roaches close 7 Tampa Bay area restaurants

State inspectors found evidence of roaches and temporarily closed seven Tampa Bay eateries from July 13 to 17, 2015. We’ve listed the restaurants that were closed below, along with details about what inspectors say they found.

Hungry Howies located at 6207 E. Hillsborough Ave. in Tampa 

July 13, 2015: Restaurant temporarily closed with 24 violations. Dead roaches on premises: 2 under single service boxes , 1 near reach-in freezer. Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found: 1 near mixer, 5 in wall panel next reach-in cooler on cook’s line, 4 on floor and electrical cord under reach-in cooler, 1 near walk-in cooler, 5 under reach-in freezer, 1 on wall near pizza trays. Roach excrement and/or droppings present under reach-in cooler pizza make table. July 14, 2015: Restaurant reopened with 10 violations

La Chiquita Panaderia & Pasteleria located at 1907 Drew St., in Clearwater

July 14, 2015: Restaurant temporarily closed with 14 violations. Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found: 5 in back storage area which contains food and supplies, 5 at 3-compartment sink, 3 on cook’s line, 1 in dining area, 2 on door frame to back door, 1 on door of ladies restroom. Dead roaches on premises: observed 4 in back storage area, 1 inside non-working reach-in cooler, 3 on cook’s line. July 17, 2015: Restaurant reopened with no violations.

Highland Oaks Café located at 10150 Highland Manor Dr. in Tampa

July 16, 2015: Restaurant temporarily closed with 13 violations. Dead roaches on premises: 5 under coke machine, 1 next to ice machine, 1 in cabinet, 1 behind ice cream cooler, 1 in dining room, 3 under reach-in cooler.  Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found: 2 on boxes next to reach-in cooler, 3 on floor next to reach-in cooler, 2 under 3-compartment sink, 10+ under reach-in cooler on wood pallet. Roach excrement and/or droppings present in breaker box next to coke machine. July 17, 2015: Restaurant reopened with 1 violation.

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Jersey Mikes Subs located at 14925 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. in Tampa

July 16, 2015: Restaurant temporarily closed with 11 violations. Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. 15 + live between wall and grease trap next to 3-compartment sink, soda bag in boxes and prep table 30 + roaches under cooler drawers middle of hot line. June 17, 2015: Restaurant reopened with 4 violations.

Pica Aqui located at 8330 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa

July 17, 2015: Restaurant temporarily closed with 20 violations. Dead roaches on premises: 8 under coffee station and desk drawer, 1 behind reach-in freezer. Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found: 3 under 3-compartment sink, 1 under reach-in freezer, 1 in coffee maker, 2 behind cash register drawer, 3 in crack in wall near outlet and reach-in freezer, 1 under steam table, 2 on floor by reach-in cooler. Manager lacking proof of food manager certification. Restaurant was not reopened during the week of July 17.

Westin Harbour Island located at 725 S. Harbour Island Blvd. in Tampa

July 17, 2015: Restaurant temporarily closed with 6 violations. Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found: 1 in kitchen chef’s office, 4 in mop room, 4 in dish machine area, 4 on cook’s line. No copy of latest inspection report available.  Current Hotel and Restaurant license not displayed.. July 17, 2015: Restaurant reopened with 3 violations

Beef O’Brady’s located at 9331 E. Adamo Dr. in Tampa

July 17, 2015: Restaurant temporarily closed with 35 violations. Restaurant temporarily closed. Roaches found: 13 on wall/outlet by handwash sink, 1 by reach-in freezer off cook line, 10 by prep sink. Roach excrement and/or droppings present on outlet by handwash sink.  Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area.July 18, 2015: Restaurant reopened with 19 violations.

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Inspectors from Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation conducted the inspections. The department cited violations of Florida’s sanitation and safety laws, which are based on the standards of U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Code.

While most establishments correct all violations in a timely manner (often during the inspection), the division’s procedures are designed to compel compliance with all violations through follow-up visits, administration action or closure when necessary, according to the Florida DBPR website.

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