Hundreds of rodent droppings found at Tampa Bay area restaurant

State inspectors temporarily closed five Tampa Bay eateries from February 15 to 19, 2016. We’ve listed the restaurants that were closed below, along with details about what inspectors say they found.

Genghis Grill Mongolian Stir Fry, 3805 Northdale Blvd., Tampa

Feb. 15, 2016: Restaurant Temporarily closed with 18 violations

  • Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found: one on wall by office in kitchen, two behind ice cream freezer, one on wall in cooking area by swinging door, two under buffet line, one on floor by service window in cooking area, three under reach in cooler, one on wall by dish rack, two under ice bin at bar.
  • Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine.
  • Encrusted material on can opener blade.

Feb. 15, 2016: Restaurant reopened with 6 violations

Hoosiers Grille, 10630 Plantation Bay Dr., Tampa

Feb. 15, 2016: Restaurant Temporarily closed with 15 violations

  • Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed 10 live roaches in gaskets of reach in cooler make table on cook’s line. Observed 2 live roaches on reach-in cooler make table wheels. Observed 25 live roaches on legs of grill on cook’s line. Observed 20 live roaches at motor of reach-in cooler make table on cook’s line
  • Stop Sale Order issued due to adulteration of food product: dead roach in tortilla package in reach-in cooler make table
  • Dead roaches on premises. Observed 1 dead roach in tortilla package in reach-in cooler make table. Observed 1 dead roach on shelf of reach-in cooler on cook’s line. Observed 1 dead roach in top portion of reach-in cooler make table on cook’s line. Observed 2 dead roaches under 3-compartment sink at bar. Observed 4 dead roaches on side of reach-in cooler at bar

Feb. 16, 2016: Restaurant reopened with 7 violations

Eliz Mexican Restaurant, 2620 E. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa

Feb. 18, 2016: Restaurant Temporarily closed with 14 violations

  • Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found: 1 on floor next to oven, 6 on wheel of reach-in cooler, 1 on black beans can, 1 on floor of cook’s line, 4 in gasket of reach-in cooler, 1 on wall next to ice machine, 10+ behind reach-in cooler at front counter where coffee station is.
  • Dead roaches on premises: 1 under 3-compartment sink, 1 by exit door, 1 under reach-in cooler.
  • Soil residue in food storage containers.

Feb. 19, 2016: Restaurant reopened with 7 violations

Restaurant Pericos, 8901 4th St. N., St. Petersburg

Feb. 18, 2016: Restaurant Temporarily closed with 30 violations

  • Rodent rub marks or chew marks present inside and on door of water heater closet. Chew marks in and on water heater closet door.
  • Rodent burrow or rodent nesting materials present behind water heater in closet.
  • Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found: 34 droppings on food storage containers, 75+ on floor under prep table, 3 on food storage shelf, 150+ in dish area, 70+ in dish machine drain, 100+ in water heater closet. Uncountable amounts behind reach-in cooler and reach-in freezer, 13 on top of oven and 7 in pan on top of oven, one on bin that stores squeeze bottles. Droppings range from semi hard to hard.

Feb. 19, 2016: Restaurant reopened with 5 violations

Taste of Columbia and Mexico, 2311 W. Ivy St., Tampa

Feb. 18, 2016: Restaurant Temporarily closed with 27 violations

  • Establishment operating with no potable running water.
  • Pots or other cooking equipment not being sanitized.
  • Hotel and Restaurant license is expired.

Feb. 22, 2016: Restaurant reopened with 6 violations

The following 8 Tampa Bay restaurants received the most violations during inspections conducted from February 15 to 19, 2016

Grand Plaza Cafe, 4038 Little Rd., New Port Richey, 41 violations

  • Raw animal food stored over cooked food: raw beef over cooked sausage.
  • Nonfood-grade containers used for food storage.
  • Employee failed to wash hands before changing gloves and/or putting on gloves to work with food.

Frank’s Diner, 16103 US 19, Hudson, 39 violations

  • Shell eggs held at room temperature with an ambient air temperature greater than 45 degrees.
  • Food placed in soiled container/equipment: panko, onions, potatoes, flour, biscuits.
  • Interior of microwave soiled with encrusted food debris.

Caesar’s Sports Pub & Pizzeria, 1757 Main St., Dunedin, 32 violations

  • Raw animal foods not properly separated from one another based upon minimum required cooking temperature in walk-in cooler: eggs next to ground beef.
  • Shelf under preparation table soiled with food debris.
  • Employee with no hair restraint while engaging in food preparation.

Pepo’s Cuban Cafe, 9939 4th St. N., St. Petersburg, 32 violations

  • Raw animal food not properly separated from ready-to-eat food.
  • Nonfood-grade containers used for food storage.
  • Hot water not provided/shut off at employee handwash sink.

Restaurant Pericos, 8901 4th St. N., St. Petersburg, 30 violations
(see above)

Sate Southeast Asian Grill, 2716 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, 30 violations

  • Toxic substance/chemical stored by or with clean or in-use utensils: cans of butane near dishware in kitchen.
  • Toxic substance/chemical stored by or with food: two spray bottles of cleaner on rack with food.
  • Ice chute soiled/build up of mold-like substance/slime.

Brisas Del Caribe, 1420 W. waters Ave., Tampa, 29 violations

  • Hotel and Restaurant license is expired.
  • Roach excrement and/or droppings present: in reach-in cooler and freezer in shed.
  • Dead roaches on premises: 5 dead in reach-in cooler in shed

Submarine Gyros Town, 4008 Orient Rd., Tampa, 29 violations

  • Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found: 1 on cook’s line.
  • Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area.
  • Roach excrement and/or droppings present under cold holding station on cook’s line.

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