Rodent droppings, spider webs, unwashed hands close 8 Tampa Bay area restaurants

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State inspectors temporarily closed eight Tampa Bay eateries from March 25 to April 1, 2016. We’ve listed the restaurants that were closed below, along with details about what inspectors say they found.

La Rumbita Restaurant, 7801 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa

March 28, 2016: Restaurant temporarily closed with 41 violations

  • Roach activity – 2 live roaches on the dry storage shelf, 1 live on the beans container
  • Rodent activity – Approximately 40-50 semi-soft fresh droppings under the steam table, 8 dry droppings next to WIC, approximately 30 dry dropping under the dry storage near WIC, 10 droppings on top of the reach-in cooler, 3 droppings on the electrical outlet, approximately 45 plus semi-soft fresh dropping on the shelf above the reach-in cooler/ chest freezer, approximately 25 untested droppings present on the unused toaster oven on the shelf.
  • Encrusted material on the can opener blade.
  • An employee failed to wash hands before changing gloves and/or putting on gloves to work with food.
  • Hotel and Restaurant license is expired.

March 29, 2016: Restaurant reopened with 19 violations

Orange Bowl Lanes/Luckys,  4318 US 98 North, Lakeland

March 28, 2016: Restaurant temporarily closed with 10 violations

  • Roach activity – approximately 20-25 live roaches behind the flip top unit on the cookline. Approximately 4-5 live roaches behind the stand-up reach-in cooler in the food preparation area. 1- live roach behind the cold pitcher unit at the main bar.
  • Rodent activity – approximately 25-30 moist dark rodent droppings, in the cup storage area at the front counter.
  • Rodent burrow or rodent nesting materials present. Observed in the cup storage area at the front counter.
  • Accumulation of debris around the soda dispensing nozzles. Observed at the main and tiki bar.

March 29, 2016: Restaurant reopened with 1 violations

Pin Chasers Veterans, 5555 W. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa

March 28, 2016: Restaurant temporarily closed with 33 violations

  • Rodent activity – approximately 50 droppings in the cabinet on the front line, approx 20-30 on the shelf on the front line and approximately 30 in the bag in box soda closet. Semi-moist to hard and dry. Dark color.
  • Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance on/around soda the dispensing nozzles holder in the bar area.
  • An employee failed to wash hands before changing gloves and/or putting on gloves to work with food.

March 30, 2016: Restaurant reopened with 14 violations

Serving Spoon, 1825 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota

March 30, 2016: Restaurant temporarily closed with 17 violations

  • Hotel and Restaurant license is expired.
  • Rodent activity – dry and some wet rodent droppings, too numerous to count (75+) in back (nonfood) storage area (behind walk in freezer), on the ladder, shelving, unused equipment. Also found rodent dropping, too numerous to count under furnace/ air conditioning unit. (30+) Also found dry droppings on the shelving unit in prep area (too numerous to count) (25+) And under the area where cases of bag-in-box soda stored. Sticky traps in use to try to rectify problem (25+)
  • Shell eggs in use or stored with cracks or broken shells. Observed cracked shell eggs at cook line stored in the container with whole shell eggs. Cracked eggs discarded by the management.
  • Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food in the walk-in cooler. Observed raw shell eggs stored in open crate above containers of other items in the walk-in cooler

March 31, 2016: Restaurant reopened with 4 violations

Rick’s Reef,  6712 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach

March 31, 2016: Restaurant temporarily closed with 13 violations

  • Roach activity – live roaches found (1 crawling on wall in kitchen next to hand wash sink, approximately 9+ at end of cooks line next to reach-in the cooler under K extinguisher (FRP wall is bowing), approximately 6 located under soda machine.
  • Toxic substance/chemical stored in food preparation area with potential to cause cross contamination (fruit fly hanging trap).
  • Slicer blade guard soiled with old food debris.
  • Hotel and Restaurant license is expired.

April 1, 2016: Restaurant reopened with 2 violations

Mayoor Indian Restaurant, 5727 6th St., Zephyrhills

March 31, 2016: Restaurant temporarily closed with 14 violations

  • Roach activity – approximately 20 live roaches at the reach-in cooler, make table, on the cook line, 3 live roaches in the pantry, 1 live roach on the gasket of unused, 2-door reach-in cooler in the prep area, 1 live roach at dish machine. Observed 2 live roaches in utensil/equipment storage area.
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Heavy cream at 81F on cookline. The employee voluntarily discarded. The nonstop sale was needed.
  • Wall soiled with accumulated food debris.

April 1, 2016: Restaurant reopened with 3 violations

Rincon Guatemalteco, 708 MLK Blvd., Tampa

March 31, 2016: Restaurant temporarily closed with 21 violations

  • Roach activity – live roaches found, 1 live on the shelf above prep table, 5 live under the shelf next to the hot water heater on the cook line, 10-15 live in the shelf bracket holding cooking spices above the prep table.
  • Rodent activity – rodent droppings found, 5 dry droppings on the hot water, 3 semi-soft/ fresh dropping on the dry storage shelf above the prep table, on the door frame.
  • Tracking powder pesticide was used inside the establishment.
  • Presence of insects, rodents, or other pests. Spider webs present under service counter in the kitchen, in the corner wall of bakery area.

April 1, 2016: Restaurant reopened with 9 violations

Lakeland Drag Strip, 8100 State Road 33 N, Lakeland

April 3, 2016: Restaurant temporarily closed with 4 violations

  • Rodent activity- Observed 2- moist droppings behind the chest freezer, approximately 12-15 moist droppings under the unused reach-in cooler, approximately 6-8 moist rodent droppings under the ice machine.
  • Hotel and Restaurant license is expired.
  • Soil residue build-up on nonfood-contact surface. Observed under kitchen equipment.

The restaurant has not reopened as of Friday, April 8.

The following 9 Tampa Bay restaurants received the most violations during inspections conducted from March 25 to April 1, 2016

2 Minutes, 4447 Gall Blvd, Zephyrhills, 42 violations

  • Live, small flying insects in the kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area, about 5 live small flying insects at cookline, about 10 live small flying insects in prep area.
  • 3 live roaches in the mounting bracket of the fire extinguisher by bulk soda.
  • A server smoked a cigarette and continued to engage in handling clean utensils without properly washing hands.

La Rumbita Restaurant, 7801 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa, 41 violations

  • Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. 2 live on the dry storage shelf, 1 live on beans container.
  • Approximately 40-50 semi-soft fresh rodent droppings under steam table, 8 dry droppings next to WIC, approximately 30 dry dropping under dry storage near WIC, 10 droppings on top of reach in cooler, 3 droppings on electrical outlet, approximately 45 plus semi-soft fresh dropping on shelf above reach in cooler/ chest freezer, approximately 25 untested droppings present on unused toaster oven on shelf.
  • Rodent rub marks were present along the walls/ceilings in the dry storage prep room.

Sarah’s Diner, 216 NE Highway 19, Crystal River, 38 violations

  • Toxic substance/chemical stored by or with food – Soap next to eggs
  • Potentially hazardous food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Ham 70°, cut tomatoes 75°, next to the stove, pooled eggs 48°, cheese 46°, beef 48°, cheese 47° in the stand-up glass door cooler, butter pats on the front counter and tables 70/72°, cream cheese 50°, cannoli cream 51° at server station.
  • Duct tape used to repair nonfood-contact surface. Handles of coolers, dish machine.

Oishi Japanese Restaurant, 615 Channelside Dr. Ste A & B, Tampa, 36 violations

  • An employee was touching ready-to-eat food with their bare hands – food was not being heated as a sole ingredient to 145 degrees F or immediately added to other ingredients to be cooked/heated to the minimum required temperature to allow bare hand contact.
  • Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area.
  • Establishment advertised crab on the menu/menu board but served imitation crab

Johnny Grits, 5749 Main St, New Port Richey, 36 violations

  • Plumbing system in disrepair. Both faucets were broken on the bar hand wash sink
  • Raw/undercooked animal food offered and establishment has no written consumer advisory.
  • Hot water was not provided/shut off at employee handwash sink. Bar handles broken.

Steak N Shake #314, 2490 State Road 580, Clearwater, 34 violations

  • An employee switched from working with raw food to ready-to-eat food without washing hands. Raw shell eggs to burger bread/
  • Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area. Approximately 13 flies around food prep area.
  • Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance on/around soda dispensing nozzles.

New China, 7013 N. Himes Ave., Tampa, 33 violations

  • Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food. Raw shrimp over washed produce
  • Raw animal foods not properly separated from one another based upon minimum required cooking temperature in walk-in cooler. Chicken over shrimp, chicken over beef in walk in cooler.
  • An employee failed to wash hands before changing gloves and/or putting on gloves to work with food.

Pin Chasers Veterans, 5555 W. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, 33 violations

  • Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Observed approximately 50 in the cabinet on the front line, approx 20-30 on the shelf on the front line and approximately 30 in the bag in the box soda closet. Semi-moist to hard and dry. Dark color.
  • Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance on/around soda dispensing nozzles holder.
  • Ice chute on self-service drink machine soiled/build-up of mold-like substance/slime.

Bros Pizza, 547 S Ft. Harrison Ave., Clearwater, 30 violations

  • Dented/rusted cans present. See stop sale. Can of pizza sauce, ground tomato , peppers and peeled tomatoes.
  • Single-use gloves not changed as needed after changing tasks or when damaged or soiled. An employee left the kitchen then returned without changing gloves.
  • Ice chute on self-service drink machine soiled/build-up of mold-like substance/slime.

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