Roaches close 4 Tampa Bay area restaurants

(WFLA) — State inspectors found roaches and temporarily closed four Tampa Bay eateries from Nov. 2 to 6, 2015. A fifth restaurant was closed due to temperature violations. Inspectors also said there was evidence of roaches found at the restaurant. We’ve listed the restaurants that were closed below, along with details about what inspectors say they found.

Villa Italian Kitchen located at 8201 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota

Nov. 2, 2015: Restaurant temporarily closed with 20 violations Closed for temperature violations.Roach activity was present as evidenced by live roaches that were found.

Restaurant-Ratings_Click_for_violations1 live roach was found under a hand sink next to an ice machine. 1 live roach was found behind a desk in an area across from a 3-compartment sink. 1 live roach was found under some dish shelves in the prep area. Roach excrement and/or droppings present. A large amount of droppings were present around a hot water heater that is located on a shelf over the mop sink. Dead roaches were found on the premises. 1 dead roach was on the floor next to the sauté grill. 10 dead roaches were stuck on the wall over a prep table.

All potentially hazardous foods in a walk-in cooler were held at temperatures greater than 41 degrees, including: meatballs 52°F. Mozzarella cheese 51°F. Deli meat 52°F.  Stop Sale Order issued on potentially hazardous food due to temperature abuse. Reach-in cooler not maintained in good repair. Inspector said that potentially hazardous food should not be stored in this unit until the unit is repaired. Walk-in cooler not maintained in good repair. Inspector said that potentially hazardous food should not be stored in this unit until the unit is repaired.

Nov. 3, 2015: Restaurant reopened with 1 violation

China Taste located at 3967 Van Dyke Rd. in Lutz

Nov. 3, 2015: Restaurant temporarily closed with 23 violations Roach activity was present as evidenced by live roaches that were found. 3 live roaches were found in a can opener. 5 live roaches were found in a 3-compartment sink. 4 live roaches were found on a shelf above a 3-compartment sink.  5 dead roaches were found under a 3-compartment sink. Nov. 4, 2015: Restaurant reopened with 4 violations

Green Iguana located at 1708 E. 7th Ave. in Tampa

Nov. 3, 2015: Restaurant temporarily closed Live, small flying insects were found in the kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area. More than 30 were in the bar. 5 were foud under a fountain machine.  Dead roaches were found on the premises. 3 were by a dishwashing machine. 2 were on the floor by a reach-in cooler. Roach activity was present as evidenced by live roaches that were found. 2 live roaches were found on a reach-in cooler wheel. 5 live roaches were found on walls by a reach-in cooler. 4 were in a hole in the wall. 7 were found by the bulk dry storage containers. 10 were found on a dish machine. Roach excrement and/or droppings were present on the walls by a glass reach-in cooler. Nov. 5, 2015: Restaurant reopened with 11 violations

Lupitas Antojitos located at 7532 N. Armenia Ave. in Tampa

Nov. 4, 2015: Restaurant temporarily closed with 6 violations Roach activity was present as evidenced by live roaches found. More than 15  live roaches were found in a reach-in cooler and in a gasket. 1 live roach was found on a wall. 1 live roach was found on a wall near the single service area. 2 live roaches were found near some dry spices and clean utensils. 4 live roaches were found on shelving. 1 dead roach was found on an ice tea container and in the interior of a reach-in cooler. 1 dead roach was found on the door of a reach-in cooler. 1 dead roach was found in a cooler. Nov. 6, 2015: Restaurant reopened with 1 violation

La Cabana Restaurant located at 5302 N. Armenia Ave. in Tampa

Nov. 2, 2015: Restaurant temporarily closed with 21 violations Roach activity was present as evidenced by live roaches that were found. 1 live roach was found on a door frame near the office.  4 live roaches were found on a shelf above the prep table. More than 20 live roaches were found on paper towels in the kitchen. 1 live roach was found on a service rack next to a prep table. 2 live roaches were found on a wall behind a prep table. 5-10 live roaches were found in glue traps above a prep table. 10-15 live roaches were found in frames of a wooden shelf above a  prep table in the kitchen. 10 live roaches were found in a door frame on the cook’s line next to a reach-in cooler. Nov. 6, 2015: Restaurant reopened with 13 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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