Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: Aug. 22 to 26

(WFLA) — State inspectors temporarily closed two Tampa Bay eateries from Aug. 22 to 26, 2016. We’ve listed the restaurants that were closed below, along with details about what inspectors say they found.

Country Kitchen, 2910 Martin Luther King Blvd., Tampa

Aug. 24, 2016: Restaurant temporarily closed with 24 violations

  • Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found.
  • 10 semi fresh rodent droppings  in a restroom cabinet.
  • More than 45 semi-soft fresh rodent droppings found under a dry storage shelf.
  • Two rodent droppings found behind a chest freezer.
  • More than 50 semi-soft, fresh rodent droppings  found under a microwave in the prep room.
  • Four rodent droppings found under an ac unit.
  • Two rodent droppings found next to a reach-in cooler.
  • Eight semi-soft rodent droppings  found under a steam table.
  • 12 semi-soft rodent droppings  found by a back exit door.
  • Two large dead roaches found in a desk drawer.

Aug. 25, 2016: Restaurant reopened with 11 violations

Vinnys Smoke N Grill, 3155 Canal Rd., Lake Wales

Aug. 23, 2016: Restaurant temporarily closed with 11 violations

  • 16 live roaches observed in kitchen.
  • Five live roaches observed on wet wiping cloths between wall and sink.
  • Three live roaches found on sink.
  • One  live roach on paper towel roll on top of ice machine.
  • Six live roaches observed in boxes with individually wrapped oatmeal packets.
  • One live roach found in wait station.
  • One dead roach found in toaster.
  • One dead roach found in a dump sink.
  • One dead roach found on an ice machine.
  • Evidence of employee smoking in food preparation, food storage or warewashing area: cigarette that was previously lit on shelf in walk in cooler.

Aug. 23, 2016: Restaurant reopened with 5 violations

The following Tampa Bay restaurants received the most violations during inspections conducted from Aug. 22 to 26, 2016.

Aqua Vitae Italian Restaurant, 120 Commerce Blvd., Oldsmar, 37 violations

  • Slicer blade soiled with old food debris in the cook’s line area.
  • Food stored in tall freezer not covered.
  • Employee personal items stored with or above food, clean equipment and utensils, or single-service items on shelf above slicer.

Niko’s Grill, 14100 Hicks Rd., Hudson, 31 violations

  • Open food re-served to customers.
  • Stop Sale Order issued for potentially hazardous cold food held at temperatures greater than 41 degrees: butter pats 63°, put out 3.5 hours ago; rice pudding, 47°, rice pudding 51°.
  • All potentially hazardous foods in reach-in cooler held at temperatures greater than 41 degrees: raw chicken 47°, ham 47°, cut leafy greens 61°, coleslaw 58°, feta 63°.

Wings & Buckets, 7507 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa, 30 violations

  • Cook eating while preparing food.
  • Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area: around onions.
  • Employee failed to wash hands before changing gloves and/or putting on gloves to work with food.

Famous Pizza, 109 Fairfield St., Oldsmar, 30 violations

  • Vegetable chopper/dicer/shredder/peeler soiled with old food debris.
  • Nonfood-grade containers used to store bread.
  • Employee personal items stored on shelf with cans of food at front counter area .

TN Crab Shack, 2120 E. Sligh Ave., Tampa, 28 violations

  • Food stored in a prohibited area: bottled water stored in restroom.
  • Employee with no hair restraint while engaging in food preparation.
  • Medicine stored in refrigerator/cooler with food and over prep table.

Dome Grill, 561 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 27 violations

  • Container of medicine improperly stored above work station next to microwave.
  • All cooks touching ready-to-eat foods with bare hand contact. Employee cutting toast with no gloves. Line cooks plating eggs Benedict and touching English muffins.
  • Stop Sale Order issued on potentially hazardous food due to temperature abuse: cooked ham 46°, sliced sausage 45°, cream cheese 46°.

Richard’s Cafe, 101 Flagship Drive, Lutz, 27 violations

  • Slicer blade soiled with old food debris.
  • Employee beverage container on a food preparation table or over/next to clean equipment/utensils.
  • Shelf under preparation table soiled with food debris.

New China 2, 6438 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey, 27 violations

  • Cloth used to cover green peppers in walk-in cooler.
  • Employee with no hair restraint while engaging in food preparation.
  • Soil residue in food storage containers.

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