Rodents or roaches close 7 Tampa Bay area restaurants

State inspectors found evidence of rodents or roaches and temporarily closed seven Tampa Bay eateries from Nov. 30 to Dec. 4, 2015. We’ve listed the restaurants that were closed below, along with details about what inspectors say they found.

Cedis Inc., 3609 N. 15th St., Tampa

Dec. 1, 2015: Restaurant closed with 19 violations:

  • Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Approximately 45 semi-soft droppings found next WIC, five semi under the AC vent, approximately 12 semi-soft in the corner of warehouse/dry storage, approximately 75 plus semi-soft droppings present near the ice machine in the warehouse/dry storage, approximately 50 plus along the door in the warehouse.
  • Handwash sink removed from the food preparation/dishwashing area. It must be reinstalled in the same location where it was removed from in the prep area.
  • No proof of the required state approved employee training provided for any employees.

Dec. 3, 2015: Restaurant reopened with 1 violation.

El Caballero De Las Mares, 2104 W. Busch Blvd., Tampa

Dec. 1,  2015: Restaurant closed with 33 violations:

  • Evidence of mop/cleaning waste water dumped onto the ground. The employee states that mop water is dumped outside of the establishment onto the ground.
  • Food-contact surfaces were not sanitized after cleaning, before use. Do not use equipment/utensils not properly sanitized. Employee cutting raw chicken washed and rinsed the knife and the cutting board with no sanitization step. I discussed the proper way to do dish-ware with the employee and had her sanitize the utensils.
  • Raw animal foods were not properly separated from each other in the holding unit. Raw chicken over raw fish in the walk-in cooler.
  • Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Four live roaches found in shelving above the three-compartment sink. One live roach found under the metal shelve used to hold dry goods and dish-ware on the cook line. Three live roaches found near gasket of reach in the cooler on the cook line. Five live roaches found in casters to the two-door reach-in cooler under the expo window on the cook line. One live roach found at the front counter area.

Dec. 2, 2015: Restaurant reopened with 12 violations

Brooklyn NY Pizza, 8763 Temple Terrace Highway, Temple Terrace

Dec. 1, 2015: Restaurant closed with 21 violations:

  • Nonfood-grade containers were used for food storage in direct contact with food
  • Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found; approximately 30 live roaches in back of kitchen on the wall behind the mixer – approximately 25 live roaches on the menu board stored under the shelving next to the small drop freezer in the middle of the kitchen against the wall – approximately 25 live roaches under the small drop freezer in the middle of kitchen against the wall – three live roaches against the wall across from the small drop freezer, next to the deep fryers.
  • Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. 10 dry droppings under the small reach-in freezer

Dec. 2, 2015: Restaurant reopened with 10 violations.

South Shore Pizza, 3026 College Ave., Ruskin

Dec.1, 2015: Restaurant closed with 11 violations:

  • Pesticide/insecticide labeled for household use only present in the establishment.
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) cold food held at greater than 41° F: cheese 45° F, cooked chicken 46° F, raw beef 45° F, ricotta cheese 44-45° F.
  • Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Approximately 12 under prep table by reach in freezer, approximately five on the grease trap by the three-compartment sink, one by the office door, one on the reach-in cooler, one in the dining room.
  • Roach excrement and/or droppings present on the wall by the reach-in freezer

Dec. 2, 2015: Restaurant reopened with 7 violations.

Roberto Hernandez, 3250 Lake Alfred Rd., Winter Haven

Dec.1, 2015: Restaurant closed with 10 violations:

  • No sanitizer of any kind available for ware-washing. Only use single-service items to serve food to customers until sanitizer is available for ware-washing.
  • Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed two live roaches under the food preparation counter next to the refrigerator. Approximately 20-25 live roaches under the handwash sink.
  • Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Observed: approximately 15-17 fresh rodent droppings under counter in MFDV next to the cook line, approximately 10-12 fresh rodent droppings under counter near hot water heater, two fresh rodent droppings on the side of the refrigerator, approximately 8-10 fresh rodent droppings on the ledge above rear counter next to cook line, one fresh rodent dropping on food preparation counter next to refrigerator. Approximately 20-24 dry rodent droppings on top of the refrigerator.

Dec. 2, 2015: Restaurant reopened with 0 violations

Hoosiers Grille, 10630 Plantation Bay Dr., Tampa

Dec. 2, 2015: Restaurant closed with 13 violations:

  • Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food in the walk-in cooler. Raw beef stored over ready to eat pepperoni.
  • Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed approximately 10 live roaches in the gasket of the make table on the cookline. Observed approximately five live roaches in the wheel well of the make on the cookline. Observed one live roach on the bottom shelf of the prep table across from the cookline. Observed three live roaches under the grill on the cookline. Observed approximately 10 live roaches in the electrical outlet under the prep table on the cookline. Observed two live roaches under the coffee machine at the wait station. Observed approximately five live roaches under the counter by the register at the bar.
  • Commercially processed ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food opened and held more than 24 hours not properly date marked after the opening – ham in the walk-in cooler.

Dec. 3, 2015: Restaurant reopened with 5 violations.

Clay Oven, 9047 MLK Jr. St. N., St. Petersburg

Dec. 2, 2015: Restaurant closed with 14 violations:

  • Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. All ranging in texture from soft to semi-soft to semi-hard to hard and crunchy. Found throughout many areas of the establishment. 36 droppings behind the bar, 25 + droppings dry stock, 24 droppings prep area, 18 droppings under cook’s line, 75 + droppings under and around the three-tier oven
  • Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance on/around soda dispensing nozzles.

Dec. 3, 2015: Restaurant reopened with 5 violations

 

The following eight restaurants had the most violations during the week of Nov. 30 to Dec. 4, 2015.

 

Panda Lover, 1969 Sunset Point Rd., Clearwater

41 violations

  • Case/container/bag of food stored on floor in kitchen: sauces.
  • Employee with no hair restraint while engaging in food preparation.
  • Nonfood-grade bags used in direct contact with food: chest freezer
  • Walk-in cooler and/or walk-in freezer shelves soiled with encrusted food debris.
  • Nonfood-grade containers used for food storage in direct contact with food: sugar, flour.

China City, 16049 W. Tampa Palms Blvd., Tampa

37 violations

  • Stop Sale Order issued for cooked chicken not cooled from 135 degrees to 70 degrees within two hours.
  • Cook with no hair restraint while engaging in food preparation.
  • Raw fish stored over unwashed produce in walk-in cooler.
  • Food-contact surfaces not sanitized after cleaning, before use.

Gateway to India, 8300 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg

37 violations

  • In-use tongs stored on pipe near floor level of cooking unit.
  • Nonfood-grade containers used for food storage in direct contact with food: orange Home Depot bucket used for sauce in walk in unit; cooked potatoes observed in a black bus tub.
  • Self-service salad bar/buffet lacking adequate sneezeguards or other proper protection from contamination: only part of the buffet has a sneezeguard.
  • Stop Sale orders issued for potentially hazardous food that was cooked on a previous day but was not cooled from 135 degrees to 41 degrees within a total of 6 hours. The following foods had cooling overnight: cooked chicken;  cooked sauce in mango chutney container.
  • Reuse of single-service articles: mango chutney inner plastic bag lining reused for sauce made on-site.

Arco Iris Restaurant, 3328 Columbus Ave., Tampa

36 violations

  • The following foods were stored on the floor of a walk-in cooler or freezer: carrots stored in walk-in cooler; cases of seafood stored in walk-in freezer.
  • Food was stored on the floor on the cook’s line.
  • Slicer blade soiled with old food debris.
  • Kitchen wall soiled with accumulated grease, food debris, and/or dust.
  • Spray bottle containing toxic substance not labeled.

Pho Quyen Cuisine, 8404 W. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa

36 violations

  • Employee with no hair restraint while engaging in food preparation.
  • Employee handled soiled dishes or utensils and then handled clean dishes or utensils without washing hands.
  • Slicer blade guard soiled with old food debris.
  • Objectionable odor in establishment: kitchen and walk-in cooler.
  • Employee with no hair restraint while engaging in food preparation.

Fusion at Flambe, 615 Channelside Dr., Tampa

34 violations

  • Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area: small flying insect near 3-compartment sink.
  • Dead roaches on premises: 2 near hand sink in middle kitchen, 1 on cook’s line under cutting board, 4 underneath 3-compartment sink.
  • Slicer blade guard soiled with old food debris.
  • Food stored in holding unit not covered: uncovered flour.
  • Walk-in cooler not working.

El Caballero De Los Mares, 2104 W. Busch Blvd., Tampa

33 violations

  • Dead roaches on premises: one dead roach on counter in men’s restroom.
  • Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found: 4 live roaches found in shelving above 3-compartment sink, 1 live roach under metal shelve used to hold dry goods and dish ware on cook’s line; 3 live roaches found near gasket of reach-in cooler on cook’s line; 5 live roaches found in casters of reach-in cooler under expo window on the cook’s line; 1 live roach found at front counter area.
  • Roach excrement and/or droppings present in metal shelving material above the 3-compartment sink.
  • Roach droppings found under shelves of metal rack in kitchen next to the reach-in cooler.
  • No soap provided at handwash sink.

Fung Garden Chinese, 5118 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills

31 violations

  • Toxic substance/chemical improperly stored: container of WD-40 stored on a shelf above a prep table that holds a meat slicer.
  • Employee went from handling dirty dishes to handling foods without washing their hands.
  • Food stored on floor: bucket of broccoli stored on floor in kitchen.
  • Raw animal food stored above unwashed produce: raw chicken stored over bag of unwashed carrots.
  • Raw animal foods not properly separated from one another based upon minimum required cooking temperature in walk-in cooler: raw chicken was stored over raw beef.

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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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