State inspectors found evidence of roaches and temporarily closed four Tampa Bay eateries from Sept. 21 to 25. We’ve listed the restaurants that were closed below, along with details about what inspectors say they found.
Hong Kong located at 1743 Hillsborough Ave. in Tampa
Sept. 21, 2015: Restaurant temporarily closed with 33 violations Unnecessary persons in the food preparation, food storage, or warewashing area: child in kitchen. Dead roaches on premises: 5 dead under 3-compartment sink, 10 dead on floor. Employee with no hair restraint while engaging in food preparation.
Evidence of employee smoking in food preparation, food storage or warewashing area. Nonfood-grade bags used in direct contact with food. Plastic jug cut in half and reused as scoop. Stored food not covered in walk-in cooler: chicken, vegetables, beef, sauce. Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found: 6 under 3-compartment sink, 1 under slicer next to 3-compartment sink, 2 on prep table. Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food prepared onsite and held more than 24 hours not properly date marked: chicken, egg rolls. Slicer blade soiled with old food debris. Soil residue in food storage containers: flour bin. Sept. 22, 2015: Restaurant reopened with 20 violations
Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse located at 13420 Boyette Rd. in Riverview
Sept. 21, 2015: Restaurant temporarily closed with 33 violations Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found: more than 25 in a mop handle, 7 on wall behind 3-compartment sink, 5 inside 3-compartment sink, 4 behind cove molding near dish machine, 1 on trash can in service area. Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine. Soil residue in food storage containers. Ice scoop handle in contact with ice. Interior of microwave soiled with encrusted food debris. Shelf under preparation table soiled with food debris. Sept. 22, 2015: Restaurant reopened with 8 violations
Wendy’s located at 4314 Gandy Blvd. in Tampa
Sept. 22, 2015: Restaurant temporarily closed with 10 violations Stop Sale Order issued due to food not being in a wholesome, sound condition: tomatoes, cut lettuce, and cheese: contaminated due to construction dust and debris. Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area. Single-service articles stored on a soiled surface. Cups stored on a surface with construction dust and debris, cups were discarded. Food in contact with a surface that was contaminated and not cleaned and sanitized before use: foods in top reach-in cooler contaminated with construction dust and debris. Accumulation of construction debris/dust on prep tables throughout kitchen. Sept. 23, 105: Restaurant reopened with 2 violations
El Huarache Azteca located at 2908 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater
Sept. 22, 2015: Restaurant temporarily closed with 30 violations Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found: 25 in dry storage hallway with shared wall to kitchen, 2 under 3-compartment sink, 1 near hot water heater, all vary in size. Establishment has pest control weekly. Dead roaches on premises: 1 dead on dry stock shelf. Stop Sale Order issued for potentially hazardous foods due to temperature abuse: chicken 47 degrees, rice 54 degrees, rendered fat 74 degrees. An employee was preparing food in the customer section of dining area. An employee was preparing food but was not wearing a hair restraint. Sept. 23, 2015: Restaurant reopened with 4 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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