Dead rodents, live roaches found at Tampa Bay area restaurants

State inspectors found evidence of rodents or roaches and temporarily closed six Tampa Bay eateries from Aug. 31 to Sept. 4, 2015.

We’ve listed the restaurants that were closed below, along with details about what inspectors say they found.

Dead rodents were found at a restaurant that was not closed. You can find details about the dead rodents by clicking on the slideshow below.

Happi Wok located at 13606 University Plaza in Tampa

Aug. 31, 2015: Restaurant closed with 11 violations Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found: 2 dry in dry storage behind bins, 2 dry in dry store room other side, 1 dry by reach-in freezer.

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Rodent burrow or rodent nesting materials present: chewed holes in tiles. Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found: 6 by make table in middle of kitchen, 5 on MSG bin by reach-in freezers, 1 under 3-compartment sink. Nonfood-grade containers used for food storage in direct contact with food. Sept. 1, 2015: Restaurant reopened with 8 violations

Cracker Barrel located at 6150 Lazy Days Blvd. in Seffner

Sept. 2, 2015: Restaurant closed with 37 violations Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Cook’s line: 19 in reach-in cooler, 1 in broom, 7 on microwave shelf, 3 near the reach-in cooler , 10 live on counter with shake unit, 1 at steamer, 2 on grill freezer door, 3 on grill freezer door, 1 on wall behind reach-in cooler in wait station, 1 live under the oven. Dead roaches on premises: 3 on steam table, 3 at grill freezer, 1 dead on shelf. Case/container/bag of food stored on floor in walk-in cooler/freezer. Sept. 2, 2015: Restaurant reopened with 10 violations

Far East Restaurant located at 5022 E. 10th Ave. in Tampa

Sept. 3, 2015: Restaurant closed with 39 violations Rodent chew marks present along walls/ceilings in the room by the back door. Roach excrement and/or droppings present on the back of prep tables. Dead roaches on premises: 10+ by mop sink, 2 on wall by 3-compartment sink.  Establishment operating without a license from the Division of Hotels and Restaurants.  Establishment using a sanitizer solution that does not meet the requirements specified.  Food-contact surfaces not sanitized after cleaning, before use. Employee with no hair restraint while engaging in food preparation. Sept. 4, 2015: Restaurant reopened with 14 violations

Jay’s Place located at 822 Magnolia Ave. in Auburndale

Sept. 4, 2015: Restaurant closed with 5 violations Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed 1 live roach in microwave, 2 live roaches in plastic film dispenser, 2 live roaches on shelf above food preparation counter, 3 live roaches on styrofoam cup lids on food preparation table, 3live roaches in different plastic film dispenser, 3 live roaches in cardboard box next to mixer, 1 live roach behind coffee maker near front counter. Dead roaches on premises: observed approximately 8-10 dead roaches in trap behind Maytag freezer. Sept. 4, 2015: Restaurant reopened with no violations

Yucatan Bar and Grill located at 2016 Town Center Blvd. in Brandon

Sept. 3, 2015: Restaurant closed with 26 violations Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. More than 50 in back of reach-in coolers in kitchen at cook’s line, 17 in back of refrigerator, 8 in back of cart with cans, 15 near hand wash sink, 11 in reach-in cooler that is not in use. Small flying insects in bar area. Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous food due to temperature abuse. Food stored on floor. Dead roaches on premises. More than 100 throughout the kitchen. Sept. 5, 2015: Restaurant reopened with 10 violations

Doc’s Pub & Grille located at 14946 U.S. 301 in Dade City

Sept. 4, 2015: Restaurant closed with 11 violations Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Observed 10 dry rodent dropping in storage shed. Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed 25 live roaches under reach-in cooler off of cook’s line. Observed 5 live roaches under stove on cook’s line. Observed 10 live roaches behind 3-compartment sink. Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area. Observed 5 small, live flying insects in kitchen area. Dead roaches on premises. Observed 5 dead roaches behind make table on cook’s line. Observed 5 dead roaches next to reach-in freezer in prep area. Sept. 5, 2015: Restaurant reopened with 2 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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