Holiday flies and other issues led to two restaurants in South Florida being ordered closed by state inspectors last week, just days before Christmas. They’ve been seen landing on fudge in dessert buffets, but also on fruit, vegetables and to-go containers.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel typically highlights restaurant inspections conducted by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation in Broward and Palm Beach counties. We screen through weekly inspections and spotlight establishments that have been ordered to close for “high priority violations”, such as improperly temperatured food or dead cockroaches.
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8913 W. Oakland Parkway.
Ordered to close: December 22; reopens on the same day
why: 40 violations (11 high priority), including seeing at least 24 flies land on “onions stored in the front dry storage area” near the kitchen ice maker and reach cooler.
Other flies land on ‘on takeaway containers where food is prepared’ and ‘on [dessert] The buffet area of the restaurant. ” Inspectors found “4-6 or more” live cockroaches on the floor of the dry storage cabinet area.
The restaurant was ordered to stop selling and discard its undercooked beef, undercooked goat, overcooked chicken, white rice and undercooked rice “due to inappropriate temperatures”. The state found unsanitary practices such as “mouldy standing water in coolers within reach” and “failure to clean and sanitize food contact surfaces between preparing raw beef and reheating product.” A person was seen The employee “picked up the coriander with bare, unwashed hands” and sprinkled it “on top of the food served as a meal”. Inspection revealed a “bad smell” in the bathroom.
Recheck on the same day 24 violations were found. However, restaurants are allowed to reopen.
1601 Belvedere Road
Ordered to close: Dec. 22, reopened on the same day
why: Five violations (four high priority), led by 40 to 45 flies, were observed landing on “bananas and oranges in the kitchen prep area”, as well as “the wall next to the ice maker”, “the wall behind the dishwasher” and “shelf Sweet Potato Boxes on “Through the Walk-In Cooler. ”
The dining area of the Embassy Suites by Hilton West Palm Beach Central was ordered to stop selling and disposing of its clarified butter “due to temperature abuse.” Inspectors were also forewarned of “chefs cutting potatoes without washing them”.
A second inspection later in the day found no new problems in the restaurantso it can be reopened.