Rodents, roaches close 8 Tampa Bay restaurants Apr. 28 - May 2 - WFLA News Channel 8

Rodents, roaches close 8 Tampa Bay restaurants Apr. 28 - May 2

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State inspectors temporarily closed eight Tampa Bay eateries from April 28 to May 2, 2014

We've listed the restaurants that were closed below, along with details about what inspectors say they found.

Manatee Sports Grill located at 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton

April 28: Date: Restaurant temporarily closed with 9 violations 

  • Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found.
  • Observed approximately 57 dry and fresh rodent droppings.
  • Observed a storage rack storing utensils, food storage equipment and boxes of cornstarch with 15 dry droppings and 7 fresh droppings.
  • Portioning bags with 8 dry droppings and 2 fresh droppings. 8 dry rodent droppings inside opened boxes holding food portioning bags. 6 fresh droppings on floor next to storage racks.
  • 3 fresh droppings on floor next to can storage rack, observed five dry droppings on soda syrup boxes. 3 dry rodent droppings on storage shelf holding box of sugar packets.
  • Establishment began to clean floors and storage racks at time of inspection.
  • Observed 1 live roach crawl from microwave to under steam table along cook's line.

April 29: Restaurant reopened with zero violations 

Trang Viet Cuisine located at 1524 E. Fowler Ave. in Tampa

April 28: Restaurant temporarily closed with 38 violations 

  • Dead roaches on premises.
  • Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found.
  • Live roaches found in following locations: 1 in dry storage, 1 outside a dry storage door, 4 by the dish machine, 1 by a grease trap, 2 on wall under the dish sink, 6 in box under the dish sink, 1 under a stand-up refrigerator, 2 under table with server's trays by cook's line, 2 under the reach-in cooler on the cook's line, 2 under a two-compartment prep sink, 1 above takeout containers by the front counter, 1 on the wall by the entrance to the kitchen, 1 on the shelf by a microwave, 1 by the walk-in freezer, 1 on walk-in cooler door.

April 29: Restaurant reopened with 22 violations 

Great Wall Chinese Takeout located at 1127 N. 62 Ave. in St. Petersburg

April 28: Restaurant temporarily closed with 28 violations 

  • Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. 20 live roaches under a three-compartment sink
  • Stop sale order issued due to food not being in a wholesome, sound condition. Unwrapped, freezer-burned chicken was found in the reach-in freezer.
  • Plastic jug was cut in half and reused as scoop.
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous food due to temperature abuse: garlic in oil.
  • Employee was prepping food without a hair restraint.

April 29: Restaurant reopened with 11 violations 

Port Hotel & Marina & Crystal River Ale House, 1610 S.E. Paradise Circle. Crystal River, roach activity

April 29: Restaurant temporarily closed with 13 violations 

  • Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found.
  • 6 dry rodent droppings were inside an unused stove at the cook's line.
  • Dead roaches seen on premises.
  • Several dead roaches on glue boards in wall next to walk-in freezer.
  • Potentially hazardous food was held greater than 41 degrees: wings at 46° F, fish at 49° F, shrimp 49° F, chicken 50° F.
  • Roach activity was present as evidenced by live roaches found.
  • 5 roaches were inside and unused stove at cook's line. 6 roaches were on the wall behind a freezer. 1 live roach was on a rodent control box under the hand sink at cook's line.

May 1: Restaurant reopened with 5 violations 

China 1 located at 1285 S. Missouri Ave. in Clearwater

April 30: Restaurant temporarily closed with 29 violations 

  • Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. 2 rodent droppings found on lower shelf below a microwave. 3 rodent droppings found in the corner by a chest freezer.
  • Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. 1 live roach ran from a three-bay sink area to the barbecue oven area. 15 live roaches were on a lower prep table below a slicer. 1 live roach was under slicer on top of a table.
  • Roaches dispersed from table's shelf when moving a cardboard covering. 2 live roaches were on paper egg trays that were stored on a shelf below some coffee pots and a microwave.
  • Insecticide/rodenticide use not in compliance with regulations. A roach chemical bottle was on a lower prep shelf under a microwave.
  • Sewage/wastewater backing up through floor drains.

May 1: Restaurant reopened with 3 violations 

Town House Pizza Restaurant located at 9215 SR 52 in Hudson

April 30: Restaurant temporarily closed with 18 violations 

  • Stop sale issued for produce found with mold-like growth. Leaves on multiple lettuce heads turning brown and slimy.
  • Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed 5 live roaches under a dry food storage table. 5 live roaches were under a two-door reach-in cooler. 6 live roaches were under a pizza make table. 7 live roaches were under a dishwashing machine and three-compartment sink. 2 live roaches in shelving above pizza make table. 3 live roaches under back reach-in coolers. 2 live roaches at front bar area.

May 1: Restaurant reopened with 9 violations 

Country Pizza Inn located at 25856 N. U.S. 19 in Clearwater

May 1: Restaurant temporarily closed with 18 violations 

  • Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found.
  • 1 live roach found in back cooking area. 1 live roach found under the cash register. 5 live roaches found near the cash register. 3 live roaches found on the floor in front of the pizza oven. 1 live roach found near wine bottles the wait area. 5 live roaches found on side of pizza oven. 1 live roach found behind the pizza oven

May 2: Restaurant reopened with 8 violations

Frankie's Patriot BBQ located at 2364 Keystone Rd. in Tarpon Springs

May 2: Restaurant temporarily closed with 14 violations 

  • Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. More than 15 live roaches were under the expo window/ dry storage shelf on the cook's line.
  • 20 live roaches were under a deli case reach-in cooler.
  • Stop sale order issued on potentially hazardous food due to temperature abuse: prime rib at 55°F, brisket at 54°F

May 3: Restaurant reopened with 0 violations 

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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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