Roaches close 3 Tampa Bay area restaurants

WFLA Web Staff - State inspectors found evidence of roaches and temporarily closed three Tampa Bay eateries from July 27 to 31, 2015. We've listed the restaurants that were closed below, along with details about what inspectors say they found.

Simply Good Foods located at 5555 S. 78th St. in Tampa

July 30, 2015: Restaurant temporarily closed with 31 violations Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found: 1 on floor by dish sink, 5 in wall by storage room, 3 in wall by freezer, 4 behind baseboards by dish sink, 1 on wall by restrooms, 4 in cabinets by front counter, 13 in front counter area, 1 in ice machine.


Roach excrement and/or droppings present: on wall by mop sink, under 3-compartment sink, by outlet front counter, in cabinets, ice machine. Stop Sale Order issued due to ice not being in a wholesome, sound condition. The following potentially hazardous cold foods were held at temperatures greater than 41 degrees: chittlings 50°f, soup 49°f, collard greens 49°f, raw fish 50°f, raw beef 51°f,cheese 53°f, raw shell eggs 53°f. July 31, 2015: Restaurant reopened with 25 violations

Rincon Catracho located at 5901 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa

July 30, 2015: Restaurant temporarily closed with 24 violations Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found: 3 under dish machine, 1 on side of prep sink, 1 on wall near breaker box, 1 on floor on cook's line, 4 in compressor of reach-in cooler on cook's line, 8 in oven, 1 on exterior of oven, 1 on floor near near entrance to kitchen, 1 on wall near fryers and prep table.

Dead roaches on premises: 3 next to reach-in cooler, 1 next to dish machine, 1 under prep sink, 1 under reach-in cooler on cook's line, 2 under prep table on cook's line, 3 by walk-in cooler and back door, 1 in oven. Opened employee beverage container in a cold holding unit with food to be served to customers. Employee washed hands with no soap. Employee washed hands with cold water. July 31, 2015: Restaurant reopened with 14 violations 

Moe's Southwest Grill located at 2539 Countryside Blvd. in Clearwater

July 30, 2015: Restaurant temporarily closed with 17 violations  Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found: observed 7 on castors and floor beneath front line reach-in coolers, 1 on front line reach-in cooler, 3 at 3-compartment sink. Employee beverage container on a food preparation table or over/next to clean equipment/utensils.

Employee personal items stored in or above a food preparation area. Backpack on back prep table. Equipment in poor repair. Walk-in cooler door unable to fully seal when closed. Old labels stuck to food containers after cleaning. Toxic substance/chemical stored by or with single-service items. Sani bucket next to lids beneath front counter. Water treatment device has not been inspected or serviced according to manufacturer's instructions. Water filter at ice machine expired. July 31, 2015: Restaurant reopened with 11 violations


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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