Eight Tampa Bay area restaurants closed due to roach & rodent activity

State inspectors found dead and alive roaches and evidence of rodents at eight local restaurants from August 10 to August 14. They had to temporarily close the eateries.

We listed the restaurants below with the violation details and links to the inspection reports:

House of China located at 3899 Ulmerton Road Ste D in Clearwater, FL 33762

Aug. 10: The restaurant temporarily closed with the violations:
Nonfood-grade containers were used for food storage in direct contact with food in the dry stock walk-in cooler and general kitchen. Raw animal foods were not properly separated from one another based upon minimum required cooking temperature in the walk-in cooler.  Rodent activity was present as evidenced by rodent droppings found: 50+ droppings ranging from soft to semi-soft to semi-hard to hard found under and behind the white chest freezer across from the cook line in the kitchen; 50+ droppings ranging from soft to semi-soft to hard were under the soda bottle storage adjacent to the cook line in the kitchen. Stop Sale was issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse: raw chicken 56-61F, cooked pork 65F, raw beef 59F, raw shrimp 59F, cooked shrimp 51F. Reach-in cooler shelves were soiled with food debris. The restaurant reopened Aug. 11.

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Oriental Super Buffet located at 2456 Gulf to Bay, Clearwater, FL 33765

Aug. 11: The facility was closed with the violations:
An employee was touching ready-to-eat food (cooked chicken) with their bare hands. Roach activity was present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed 12 on cook line, 2 on cart by 3 compartment sink, 1 in back hall by stored food. Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance was seen in the interior of the ice machine. Raw animal food was stored over ready-to-eat food.
Aug. 12: The restaurant reopened with some violations.

Casa Mexicana located at 7730 Palm River Road Ste 300 Tampa, FL 33619

Aug. 11: The restaurant closed with the violations:
Raw animal food was stored over the ready-to-eat food. Raw chicken was stored over cheese in the walk-in cooler. Roach activity was present as evidenced by live roaches found: approximately 2 behind metal sheet on the wall by the steam table, approximately 8 under the 3-compartment sink, approximately 7 under the bar. Roach excrement and/or droppings were present near the outlet by the slicer, the bar, behind the metal sheeting by the steam table. Rodent activity was present as evidenced by rodent droppings found: 10+ hard and dry by the chest freezer, approximately 5 hard and dry in the bar. Dead roaches were found on premises: 1 behind the metal sheeting on the wall by the steam table, approximately 3 by the chest freezers.
The restaurant reopened Aug. 12 with some violations.

Submarine Gyros Town located at 4008 Orient Road Tampa, FL 33610

Aug. 13: The restaurant was closed with the violations:
Dead roaches were found on premises: 3 dead in the microwave seal of door, 10 dead under the microwave, 4 dead under the 3-compartment sink, 1 dead in the oven, 6 dead under the back prep table, 1 dead on the back prep table, 5 dead in the drawer under the oven. More were found in the facility on Aug. 12: 1 dead next to the oven, approx 5 plus dead behind the oven, 1 dead on the wall next to the 4-door reach-in cooler not in use, 2 dead next to the mop sink, 3 dead under the prep table/ cold holding station on the cook’s line. Also on Aug. 12 5 roaches were found dead under the prep table, 1 dead on the chemical rack, 1 dead next to the mop sink, 2 dead next to the oven, 1 dead on the wall next to the reach-in cooler, 5 dead under the soda boxes, 2 dead under the ice bin. On Aug. 13 1 dead roach was found under cold holding station on floor, 1 dead on shelf on cooks line, 1 dead next to the oven, 1 dead on the wall next to the 4-door reach-in coolers. Roach activity was present as evidenced by live roaches found: 11 live under the prep table on the cook’s line, 1 live on the top of the shelf on the cook’s line table, 3 live in the gasket in the unused reach-in cooler, 15 plus live under the tables holding the flat-top grill and gyro, 1 live under the prep table, 1 live on the garbage can , 1 in the unused deli case, 1 live in the reach-in freezer gasket, 3 live on the exterior of the ice bin, 3 in the egg casing in the oven drawer, 1 live on the wall near the fire suppression tank, 1 live in the woman’s restroom, 10 plus live on the dry storage rack holding the clean pots and utensils, 1 live on the wall behind the 2-door reach-in cooler. Upon callback on Aug. 12 20 plus live roaches under the table where the flat top grill is located, 4 live along the piping and the wall behind the cook’s line, 4 live in the  shelf under the cold holding station on the cook’s line,1 live under the prep table in the kitchen, 1 live on the cutting board, 2 live on the floor near the back exit, 2 live on the wall next to the oven, 1 live on the side of the reach-in cooler, 1 live under the 3-compartment sink, 1 live on the electrical cord next to the oven, 1 live on the prep table on the cook’s line next to the breads, 1 live on the dry storage rack. Upon callback on Aug. 12, 5 live roaches were found under the prep table where the slicer is located, 1 live was on the wall next to the mop sink, 1 live on the floor next to the oven, 1 live on the floor under the cook’s line, 1 live on the leg of the prep table on the cook’s line. On Aug. 13 3 live roaches were in the gaskets of the upright reach-in cooler, 6 plus live roaches were under the cold holding table on the cook’s line, 2 live roaches were on the floor under the cold holding prep table, 1 live roach was in the refrigerator.
Aug. 13: the restaurant reopened with a few violations.

McDonalds #6522 located at 1002 South 78 Street, Tampa, FL 33619-4750

Aug. 12: the restaurant was temporarily closed due to these violations:
Roach activity was present as evidenced by live roaches found: approximately 3 under the prep table, 1 on the shelving by the fry machine, approximately 5 by the reach-in cooler, approximately 30 on the baseboard by the fry machine, 1 by the coffee station, 1 on the floor by the drive-through, approximately 3 by the fry machine. Roach excrement and/or droppings were present by the shake machine, by the coffee station, under the prep table, by the fry machine.
Aug. 12 the restaurant reopened with fewer violations.

Kreyol Delight 4818 E. Busch Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33617

Aug. 14: The restaurant was temporarily closed due to the violations:
Roach activity was present as evidenced by live roaches found: 20+ live under the 3-compartment sink on the wall directly across from the prep table in the middle of the kitchen. Rodent activity was present as evidenced by rodent droppings found: 8+ dry and moist under the hand sink in the kitchen, 20+ dry in the dry storage room outside. A hole in or other damage to wall was seen.
Aug. 14: the restaurant reopened with few violations. 

Babylon Hookah Lounge located at 4812 E. Busch Boulevard Ste A Tampa, FL 33617

Aug. 13: the restaurant was closed due to the violations:
Live, small flying insects were seen in the kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area.  Roach activity was present as evidenced by live roaches found. 6 in reach in cooler in middle of kitchen. 15 + under reach in freezer in middle of kitchen. Hot water was not provided/shut off at employee hand-wash sink, the hot water tank was turned off. Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food was prepared onsite and held more than 24 hours not properly date marked.
Aug. 14: the restaurant reopened with these violations. 

Bradenton Yacht Club 4307 Snead Island Road, Palmetto, FL 34221

Aug. 12: the restaurant was closed due to the violations:
Pots or other cooking equipment were not being sanitized. Dead roaches were located in the ovens. Dead roaches were seen on premises: 8 dead roaches located in the hot holding cabinet not holding food at the moment; 9 dead roaches were located in the oven next to the fryer; 3 dead roaches in the oven located before the steam wells. The inspector located more than 20 dead roaches under the prep sink stainless steel table in the kitchen, observed 7 dead roaches in the food dry storage area, observed dead roaches too numerous to count throughout the kitchen area under the coolers, steel tables, floors. Roach activity was present as evidenced by live roaches found. The inspector observed 6 live roaches under the stainless steel table located next to the hand wash sink in the kitchen, located two live roaches under the heated banquet cabinet.
Aug. 13: the restaurant reopened without violations.


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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