Royal Buffet locks customers inside after Local 10 News arrives to question violations

In 2016, an inspector found 110 violations at the China Buffet – the most found that year in the state.

Since then, the buffet has changed owners and names — it’s called the Royal Buffet now — but it appears the same problems still exist as it was ordered shut, again.

When staffers at Royal Buffet saw the dirty dining camera approaching, they locked the front door.

Several customers wanted to leave.

“She’s not letting the customers out. Isn’t that like a hostage situation? All these customers want to come out,” a customer said.

The frustration was clearly seen on their faces.

One man unlocked the door, but an employee locked it again.

Eventually, they are allowed to leave. While at the Royal Buffet, located at 11000 Bird Road, inspectors found 47 violations.

The inspector was initially called to the restaurant after getting a complaint.

The inspector saw a live rodent under the sushi bar prep area, and records show close to 450 rodent droppings were found below a rice cooker, under a cook line, in front of the dishwashing area, under a sushi bar, in the prep area and on shelves.

There was an objectionable odor in the  kitchen, and crab, chicken and shrimp salad were all stored at improper temperatures. 

A staff member placed an apron over the back screen door when Local 10 News arrived at the restaurant and refused to answer questions.

The Royal Buffet was allowed to reopen following an ordered cleanup and re-inspection.

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Dirty Dining restaurant with 110 violations in 2016 ordered shut again

In 2016 it was called China Buffet and earned the title of “RESTAURANT WITH THE MOST VIOLATIONS” at 110!

That restaurant, on Bird Road, has since been sold and is now called Royal Buffet, but it appears the problem still exist.

An Inspector was recently at Royal Buffet based on a complaint and found 47 violations.

A live rodent was found under a sushi table and rodent droppings were found throughout the restaurant.

Records show a McDonald’s in Sunrise was ordered shut for “unsanitary conditions.”

Several other restaurants in South Florida were recently ordered shut.  

Below is a list of places and some of their violations.

All the places mentioned below were allowed to re-open following an ordered clean up and re-inspection.

ROYAL BUFFET
11379 SW 40TH STREET(BIRD ROAD)
MIAMI

INSPECTIONS BASED ON COMPLAINT
ORDERED SHUT 8/30/17
47 VIOLATIONS FOUND

“Live rodent present. Observed a live rodent under the sushi bar prep area.”

“Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Observed on the prep table below the rice cooker approximately 8 fresh dropping and approximately 100+ dry droppings. Observed under prep table next to the reach in cooler and in front of the work cook line approximately 20 plus dry droppings and approximately 9 fresh dropping . Observed under the prep table in front of the dishwashing area approximately 3 dry dropping. Observed on the floor under the sushi bar prep area approximately 200+ droppings, hard to identify if they were fresh or dry dropping, because of the accumulation of water in the floor. And approximately 100+ dry droppings on shelving under sushi prep area.”

“Objectionable odor in establishment. In kitchen.”

“Accumulation of debris in three-compartment sink.”

“Accumulation of debris inside ware washing machine.”

“Accumulation of lime scale on the inside of the dish machine.”

MCDONALD’S
2260 NORTH UNIVERSITY DRIVE
SUNRISE

ORDERED SHUT 8/31/17
24 VIOLATIONS FOUND

“Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine in the kitchen.”

“Food stored in a location that is exposed to splash/dust. Observed the drink preparation area is in use with the hand sink removed. Construction is in progress in this area with no protective barriers to prevent dust/dirt from Contaminating food contact surfaces in the drink preparation area. Also observed the food prep area is not properly protected from construction. Some plastic sheeting was put up but it still does not adequately prevent food contact surfaces from being contaminated.”

“Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area. Observed 4 flies in the kitchen.”

“All potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) foods in drawers at cook line cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Observed all food in the reach in cooler drawers are above 60F. Mgr. put food in other working coolers.”

“All potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) foods in reach-in cooler cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Observed all food in Beverage sir reach in cooler next to a hand sink is 50F or warmer. Mgr. moved some food to another working coolers and discarded some food.”

“Employee failed to wash hands before changing gloves and/or putting on gloves to work with food. Observed employee cleaning with a wiping cloth and the put on gloves without washing hands. He washed hands and put on gloves.”

“Employee washed hands with cold water. Observed no hot water is available at the inside hand sink. All employees are washing hands with cold water. Hot water was restored.”

“Employee handled soiled equipment or utensils and then engaged in food preparation, handled clean equipment or utensils, or touched unwrapped single-service items without washing hands. Observed employee handling soiled surfaces then making drinks without washing hands. Mgr. now has a dedicated employee to only make drinks.”

“Employee handled soiled equipment or utensils and then engaged in food preparation, handled clean equipment or utensils, or touched unwrapped single-service items without washing hands. Observed employee handling soiled surfaces then making drinks without washing hands. Mgr. now has a dedicated employee to only make drinks.”

“Raw animal foods not properly separated from one another based upon minimum required cooking temperature in reach-in freezer – all products not commercially packaged. Observed open bag of raw chicken stored above an open box of raw beef. Mgr. moved the chicken below the beef.”

HONG KONG RESTAURANT
10720 WEST FLAGLER STREET
MIAMI

INSPECTION BASED ON COMPLAINT
ORDERED SHUT 9/5/17
20 VIOLATIONS FOUND

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed 3 live roaches underneath preparation table in the corner. Also, 1 live roach in reach in cooler by cooking area.”

“Rodent rub marks present along walls/ceilings. Observed rub marks from ceiling down the floor, in kitchen area by employee bathroom.”

“Sewage/wastewater backing up through floor drains in kitchen area when preparation sink is in use.”

“Stop Sale issued due to food not being in a wholesome, sound condition. Employee touched soiled drain then engaged in food preparation without washing hands. Noodles must be discarded.”

“Food contaminated by employees. Employee touched soiled drain then engaged in food preparation without washing hands. Noodles must be discarded. See stop sale.”

“Manager lacking proof of food manager certification.”

PIZZA ROMA
19090 NE 29TH AVENUE
AVENTURA

ORDERED SHUT 9/5/17
9 VIOLATIONS FOUND

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Approximately 5 roaches in cookline prep area. Approximately 7-10 roaches under 3cs in ware washing area.”

“Tracking powder pesticide used inside establishment. Roach powder all throughout kitchen floor corners.”

R&K COUNTRY SOUL FOOD
2600 HAMMONDVILLE ROAD
POMPANO BEACH

ORDERED SHUT 8/29/17
13 VIOLATIONS FOUND

“Dead roaches on premises. Observed approximately 3 dead at dining room rug, 4 dead under table in corner at front counter, 12 dead under and next to AC handler insulation, 8 dead under 3 compartment sink, 6 dead under white reach in cooler next to fryer.”

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed approximately 4 live roaches at carpet juncture in dining room, 4 live under table at front counter, 1 live on wall behind fryer, 2 live inside microwave, 9 live under white reach in cooler at cook line, 6 live under AC air handler and 1 live at 3 compartment sink where drain board meets the wall.”

“Accumulation of dead or trapped birds, insects, rodents, or other pests, in control devices. Multiple glue traps observed in different locations in kitchen with dead roaches.”

“Interior of reach-in cooler soiled with accumulation of food residue. Cooler next to cook line.”

FLAMINGO THEATER/LA SCALA DE MIAMI
801 BRICKELL BAY DRIVE
MIAMI

ORDERED SHUT 8/31/17
25 VIOLATIONS FOUND

“Dead roaches on premises. AT TIME OF INSPECTION OBSERVED APPROXIMATELY 5-8 ROACHES IN WARE WASH AREA. OBSERVED 2 ROACHES CRAWLING UP WALL NEAR DISH MACHINE, AND ANOTHER THREE ROACHES CRAWLING ON GROUND IN WARE WASH AREA. ALSO OBSERVED ROACHES CRAWLING ON FLOOR NEAR ENTRANCE TO WARE WASH AREA.”

“Tracking powder pesticide used inside establishment.”

“In-use utensil in non-potentially hazardous (non-time/temperature control for safety) food not stored with handle above top of food within a closed container. SCOOP WITH HANDLE SUBMERGED INSIDE FLOUR, SUGAR and RICE CONTAINER.”

“Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. REFRIGERATOR- cheese (46°F – Cold Holding); Canadian bacon (48°F – Cold Holding); cut melon (45°F – Cold Holding).”

DOLPHIN DELI
5600 MCDONALD AVENUE
STOCK ISLAND

ORDERED SHUT 8/31/17
21 VIOLATIONS FOUND

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed 4 live roaches inside of Saran Wrap box located on a table in the dish area. Observed 3 live roaches crawling on the floor in the dish area. Observed 1 crawling on the bread rack located across from the dish area.”

“Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area. Flies around mop sink area.”

CHINA WOK HIALEAH
3305 WEST 80TH STREET
HIALEAH

ORDERED SHUT 8/28/17
19 VIOLATIONS FOUND

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Approximately 12 live roaches in kitchen floor under prep table next to reach in freezer. Approximately 6 live roaches in between the walls by the three compartment sink closed to the exit door.”

“Dead roaches on premises. Approximately 20 dead roaches in kitchen prep area under reach in freezer by the wall.”

“Cooked meat/poultry cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Fried chicken at room temperature 79°F as per operator food was seating at the prep table no longer than two 30 minutes, operator put it back in the reach in cooler to cool it.”

LATIN CUBAN CAFETERIA
3323 WEST 80TH STREET
MIAMI LAKES

ORDERED SHUT 8/29/17
19 VIOLATIONS FOUND
ALSO ORDERED SHUT 9/8/15

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Approximately 6 live roaches; 1Kitchen under prep table 2 kitchen floor, 2 under slicer and 1 on top of prep table.”

“Roach excrement and/or droppings present. Approximately 100 in kitchen wall.”

“Tracking powder pesticide used inside establishment. Observed excessive amount in kitchen floor and front counter floor.”

“Pesticide/insecticide stored with/above food, clean equipment and utensils, clean linens and/or single-service items. on top of reach in cooler.”

“Interior of reach-in cooler soiled with accumulation of food residue. Prep area.”

“Dead roaches on premises. Kitchen floor under pre tables.”

“Interior of oven has heavy accumulation of black substance/grease/food debris.”

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Roaches spotted crawling on chicken and rice containers in South Florida restaurants

It was a busy week for Inspectors with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

A State Inspector noted a live roach on raw chicken at Nauti Dawg Cafe in Lighthouse Point last week. Twenty-Six violations were found and the kitchen there was ordered shut.

Records show a stop sale was also issued on rice at Fried Rice Kitchen in Pompano Beach after a roach was spotted inside a rice container in a food prep area.

Rodent issues were found at a Burger King in Coral Springs, at Blue Willy’s BBQ on Commercial Boulevard and at Back Alley BBQ in Fort Lauderdale.

Roach issues were found at Bice Bistro on Grand Avenue in Coconut Grove and Wing’s N Things in Pompano Beach.

Notre Dame restaurant in Pompano Beach was ordered shut for the 4th time after bugs were discovered on boiled eggs. 

Below is a list of places and some of their violations.

All the placed mentioned were allowed to re-open following an ordered clean up and re-inspection.

NAUTI DAWG MARINA CAFE
2841 MARINA CIRCLE
LIGHTHOUSE POINT

ORDERED SHUT 8/18/17
26 VIOLATIONS FOUND

“Stop Sale issued due to food not being in a wholesome, sound condition. Live roach in raw chicken at cold holding drawer at cook line . Food discarded.”

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed approximately 1 live roach inside container of chicken in cold holding drawers at cook line, 1 live roach on wall above prep cooler at cook line, 2 live roaches on gasket at flip top cooler at cook line , 2 live roaches on door hinge at M3 Turbo freezer in cook line area, 1 live roach under stove at cook line  , 1 live roach dishwashing area by pot storage and approximately 100+ live roaches in ice cream chest freezer near Bar area/walk-in cooler.”

“Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area. 1 live small flying insect in dry storage room by bar.”

“Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Tomatoes 48° F, egg liquid 52° F, egg whites 54° F, ham 53° F, chicken 53° F, spinach 49° F, Ham 53-65° F, crab cake mix 52-65, salmon 49° F, hash 51° F, tomatoes 50-52° F, cheese 55-61°F ,butter 46° F, egg 52° F , tomatoes 46° F, lobster 46° F, and lettuce 54° F all stored at flip top cooler at cook line closest to steam table. Cooler ambient temperature 50° F. Foods moved to walk-in cooler to quick chill. Foods in flip top for less than 4 hours. Corrective Action Taken. Seaweed 50° F, chicken wings 50° F, fish dip 47° F, and calamari 50° F all stored at flip top cooler at cook line closest to freezer . Cooler ambient temperature 52° F. Foods moved to walk-in cooler to quick chill. Foods in flip top for less than 4 hours. Corrective Action Taken. Shrimp 45-46° F, corn salad 46 F, tuna salad 47 F, fish 46°F, garbanzo 56° F, pasta 46-47° F, pasta 46° F, hash 45° F, cheese/ mushroom 45 F, garlic/oil/cheese 46° F, sausage 48° F, and chicken wings 45° F all at walk-in cooler that was in the defrost cycle after receiving a delivery. Operator turned off defrost cycle manually to maintain 41° F.”

“Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine.”

“Food being cooled by non -approved method as evidenced by inadequate rate of cooling during time of inspection. potatoes from 59-64° F to 52-59° F within 1.5 hours , and potatoes from 55-56° F to 49-54° F within 1.5 hours both cooling at walk-in cooler in large covered plastic containers for approximately 5.5 hours at current rate of cooling food will not cool to 41° F within 6 hours. Food broken down into smaller containers and uncovered.”

“Food stored on floor. Rice on floor in dry storage room near Bar.”

BLUE WILLY’S BARBECUE
1190 EAST COMMERCIAL BLVD.
OAKLAND PARK

INSPECTION BASED ON COMPLAINT
ORDERED SHUT 8/14/17
23 VIOLATIONS FOUND

“Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Observed 11 dry droppings in the women’s guest bathroom. Observed 4 dry droppings in the men’s guest bathroom. 10 dry droppings under a shelf used for storing chemicals in the kitchen. 4 dry droppings under the 3 compartment sink in the kitchen. 8 dry droppings along the wall under shelving used to store food on the east side of the kitchen. 5 on the floor along the wall by the unused drive thru window. 8 under an upright hot hold unit near the front counter.”

“Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area. Observed 3 flies in the kitchen.”

“Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Improper cooling of cooked beef brisket and cooked pork butt. **Repeat Violation**”

“Chlorine sanitizer not at proper minimum strength for manual ware washing. Do not use equipment/utensils not properly sanitized. Observed employee washing small wares and not using any soap or sanitizer at the 3 compartment sink.”

“Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Observed potato salad on ice behind the front counter at 42-47F. More ice was added to the container.. Observed butter pats at 77°F left out at room temperature behind the front counter. They were put into a reach-in cooler.”

“Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cooked/heated yesterday/on a previous day not cooled from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within a total of 6 hours. Food has been cooling overnight. See stop sale. Observed cooked beef brisket at 48-62° F and cooked Park butt at 58-60°F in the walk-in cooler. Both items were cooked on 8/13/17. Both items are wrapped in foil and plastic and laying against each on shelving in the walk-in cooler. . Provided and explained cooling tip sheet. **Repeat Violation**”

“Large pieces of meat/whole roasts/whole chickens/whole turkeys not cut up into smaller portions to cool. Observed cooked beef brisket at 48-62° F and cooked Park butt at 58-60°F in the walk-in cooler. Both items were cooked on 8/13/17. Both items are wrapped in foil and plastic and laying against each on shelving in the walk-in cooler.”

YELLOW TAIL SUBS GRILL
27275 SOUTH DIXIE HIGHWAY
HOMESTEAD

INSPECTION BASED ON COMPLAINT
ORDERED SHUT 8/15/17
53 VIOLATIONS FOUND

“Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Observed two moist rodent droppings and two dry rodent droppings by the dry storage area.”

“Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area. Observed 20+ live flies in gap by three compartment sink and wall in ware washing  area. Observed 20+ dead flies on window sill by cashier area, observed 20 + dead flies on drain board above three compartment sink **Repeat Violation**”

“Pesticide/insecticide stored with/above food, clean equipment and utensils, clean linens and/or single-service items. Observed bottle of pesticide under the three compartment sink.”

“Accumulation of dead or trapped birds, insects, rodents, or other pests, in control devices. Observed dead flies trapped in fly stick tape by mop sink area, and by dry storage area, observed dead insects trapped inside light panel covers inside kitchen area.”

“No sanitizer of any kind available for ware washing. Only use single-service items to serve food to customers until sanitizer is available for ware washing. Establishment has no sanitizer for ware washing at time of inspection.”

“Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Observed cheese (59°F – Cold Holding); slice turkey (51°F – Cold Holding); chicken wings partial cooking (78°F – Cold Holding); raw chicken (52°F – Cold Holding); white cheese (51°F – Cold Holding); feta cheese (48°F – Cold Holding) inside walk in cooler, less than 2 hours. As per operator, the door was left open for a while. The ambient thermometer marked 48°f inside unit. Observed raw fish (50°F – Cold Holding); marinated shrimp (50°F – Cold Holding); conch pre-cook (48°F – Cold Holding) inside reach in cooler, less than 2 hours as per operator. Ambient thermometer inside reach in cooler marked 52 °f. **Repeat Violation**”

“Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine. **Repeat Violation**”

“Establishment conducts non-continuous cooking of raw animal foods without written procedures approved by the division. Establishment partially cooks chicken wings, cools at walk in cooler, then cooks as needed. Provided procedures for non-continuous cooking.”

“Certified Food Manager or person in charge lacks knowledge of food borne illnesses and symptoms of illness that would prevent an employee from working with food, clean equipment and utensils, and single-service items. Provided educational flyer for the Big 5 food borne illness to operator. **Corrective Action Taken**”

“Objectionable odor in establishment. Observed by mop sink area, storage area and three compartment sink and kitchen.”

BICE BISTRO
3015 GRAND AVENUE
COCONUT GROVE

ORDERED SHUT 8/17/17
2 VIOLATIONS FOUND

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Approximately 20 live roaches observed underneath a wooden board under salad prep station. Approximately 15 live roaches underneath reach in coolers across from front cook line. Approximately 3 live roaches under hand wash sink by front cook line. 1 live roach under 3 compartment sink. Establishment is open to the public at time of inspection.”

“Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. All potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) foods in walk-in cooler cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Cheese (48°F – Cold Holding); Chicken Wings (49°F – Cold Holding); Cooked Pasta (50°F – Cold Holding); Risotto (50°F – Cold Holding); Fish (48°F – Cold Holding); Butter (48°F – Cold Holding) in walk in cooler for more than 4 hours. Stop sale issued.”

“Dead roaches on premises. Approximately 5 dead roaches underneath prep counter at front line. Approximately 10 dead roaches underneath salad prep station. Approximately 4 dead roaches underneath 3 compartment sink. 2 dead roaches in reach in cooler by salad station.”

“Dish machine chlorine sanitizer not at proper minimum strength. Discontinue use of dish machine for sanitizing and set up manual sanitization until dish machine is repaired and sanitizing properly. Measured at 0 ppm chlorine.”

LA PARRILLA ROTISSERIE & GRILL
8357 WEST ATLANTIC BLVD.
CORAL SPRINGS

ORDERED SHUT 8/17/17
7 VIOLATIONS FOUND

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed 10 live roaches in turned off flip top cooler and cooler gasket in door and 1 live roach on floor in front of cooler near back door/ ware washing area. Observed 1 live large roach on floor between 2 prep tables in back area near mop sink. Employee killed roach between prep tables. Observed 2 live roaches on floor under container storage rack near walk in freezer and 1 live roach on floor in this same area. Manager instructed to remove roaches and to clean and sanitize areas. Operator moved cooler outside of restaurant.”

“Employee touched bare body part and then engaged in food preparation, handled clean equipment or utensils, or touched unwrapped single-service items without washing hands. Observed cook touch nose with gloves on and then handled knife and began to return to work, he then properly washed his hands after removing gloves and washed knife as instructed.”

“Dead roaches on premises. Observed 1 dead roach on top of the turned off cooler’s compressor, and 2 dead roaches on top of this cooler. Observed 1 dead roach on wall and floor junction in front of walk in freezer, this roach was removed. Manager instructed to remove roaches and to clean and sanitize area. Operator moved cooler outside of restaurants.”

“Certified Food Manager or person in charge lacks knowledge of food borne illnesses and symptoms of illness that would prevent an employee from working with food, clean equipment and utensils, and single-service items. Manager given Food borne Illness poster.”

BACK ALLEY BAR & BBQ
234 ALMOND AVENUE
FORT LAUDERDALE

INSPECTION BASED ON COMPLAINT
ORDERED SHUT 8/17/17
10 VIOLATIONS FOUND

“Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Observed about 20 dry hard rodent droppings on top of dish machine in the dish area . Observed about 10 dry hard rodent droppings under triple sink in the dish area . Employee cleaned and sanitized areas upon request.”

“Manager lacking proof of food manager certification.”

WINGS N THINGS
150 SW 6TH STREET
POMPANO BEACH

INSPECTION BASED ON COMPLAINT
ORDERED SHUT 8/16/17
31 VIOLATIONS FOUND

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed 11 live roaches on floor under clean pots and sanitizer bucket located under rinse station. Observed 4 on wall in same area. Observed approximately 18 to 20 live roaches under milk crates under dish-station drain table along walk in cooler. Observed 3 live roaches on pipe coming out of floor behind milk crates. Dish station is in the same location as prep area and walk in cooler/freezers.”

“Dead roaches on premises. 4 dead roaches in clean pot on floor under rinse sink at dish room station. **Warning**

“Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. All potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) foods in walk-in cooler cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. All TCS foods stored in walk cooler for between 2 to 3 days. Observed cooked ribs 48°, baked beans 49°, provolone cheese 50°, blue cheese 52°, cream cheese 49°, BBQ cooked pork 51° and chili 51°.”

“Employee used hand wash sink as a dump sink. Noodles in sink at front counter hand wash sink.”

“Cleaned and sanitized equipment or utensils not properly stored. Clean pots stored on floor under dish station area.”

“Case/container/bag of food stored on floor in walk-in cooler/freezer. Observed cases, pans and containers of food stored on floor. **Repeat Violation**”

“Wall soiled with accumulated black debris in dishwashing area.”

BURGER KING
9373 WEST ATLANTIC BLVD.
CORAL SPRINGS

ORDERED SHUT 8/15/17
2 VIOLATIONS FOUND
ALSO ORDERED SHUT 1/26/17

“Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Observed 6 dried rodent droppings on floor under milkshake station. Manager began to sweep away droppings. Observed 18 dried droppings inside cabinet under hot holding station. Observed 21 dried rodent droppings on floor under hot holding cabinet. Observed 5 dried droppings on floor around mop sink, and 2 dried droppings under plastic ware shelf on floor, and 12 dried droppings on top of paper single use containers on shelf across from mop sink. Manager instructed to discard these single use paper containers used for food. Manager also instructed to remove droppings and clean and sanitize areas. Employee began to remove droppings.”

FRIED RICE KITCHEN
2623 WEST ATLANTIC BLVD.
POMPANO BEACH

INSPECTION BASED ON A COMPLAINT
ORDERED SHUT 8/14/17
24 VIOLATIONS FOUND

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed 5 live roaches by 3 compartment sink, 3 live roaches by slicer near 3 compartment sink, 11 live roaches in cooler next to walk in cooler.”

“Sale issued due to adulteration of food product. Observed dead roach inside rice container in rear prep area.”

“Dead roaches on premises. Observed 12 dead roaches in ware washing area, 1 dead roach inside rice container, 1 dead under shelving unit at cook line , 1 dead roach behind chest freezer by water heater.”

“Employee 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. Establishment has no approved Alternative Operating Procedure. Employee using bare hands to scoop cooked shrimp into box. REVIEWED proper bare hand contact and glove usage.”

NOTRE DAME RESTAURANT
4859 NORTH DIXIE HIGHWAY
POMPANO BEACH

ORDERED SHUT 8/15/17
18 VIOLATIONS FOUND

ALSO ORDERED SHUT 1/4/16
ALSO ORDERED SHUT 6/22/16
ALSO ORDERED SHUT 10/31/16

“Approximately 8 live, small flying insects in prep area, 12 in dishwasher area, 10 live in dry storage area, and 14 in front service counter. Observed live small flying insects on boiled eggs, and raw beef in triple sink compartment.”

“Build-up of food debris, dust and dirt on clean utensils shelves in kitchen.”

“Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Observed raw beef from 51°F to 58°F, raw fish at 56°F, and raw turkey 70°F, on floor in kitchen. Foods has being stored on floors for over an hour waiting to be clean. Employee moved foods to walk in cooler.”

“Food being cooled by non-approved method as evidenced by inadequate rate of cooling during time of inspection. Observed cooked rice from 52°F to 54° F within 2 hour, cooked beef from 49°F to 53°F within 2 hour, cooked chicken from 52°F to 57°F within 2 hour, cooked pork from  52°F to 57° F within two hours in walk in cooler. Deliveries being put away , doors left open for long period of time. Doors continuously being opened and closed. Operator to leave doors closed until unit can adjust temperature to 41° F or below and foods can cool properly.”

 

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Marriott accused of misrepresenting ‘airline chicken’ as free-range chicken

You might not be getting what you paid for at BlueFire Grille in the Marriott Fort Lauderdale.

State records show that the hotel was cited for misrepresenting what they put on your plate.

An inspector said the “free-range” chicken advertised was actually frozen “airline chicken.”

The inspector also noted that Indonesian frozen snapper was used as yellow tail snapper.

Meanwhile, Pollo Tropical, Church’s Chicken, Ruby Tuesday, Joe’s Crab shack and CJ’s Crab Shack were all recently ordered shut.

Below is a list of places that were ordered shut and some of their violations. All the places mentioned were allowed to reopen following an ordered clean-up and re-inspection.

***Pollo Tropical

1819 S. Federal Highway

Fort Lauderdale

Inspection based on complaint

Ordered shut Aug. 3

6 violations found

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed about 7 live roaches under triple sink in prep area.”

“Dead roaches on premises. Observed about 6 dead roaches under triple sink in prep area.”

“Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Observed in kitchen in 2 doors CONTINENTAL brand reach in cooler raw chicken at 51f and raw ribs at 53f due to reach in cooler been unplugged. Per manager statement placed food items in cooler at 10AM. Informed manager to transfer food items to other working unit to bring down temperature control to 41f or below . Manager placed food items in walk in cooler to bring down temperature control to 41f or below.”

“Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food thawed at room temperature. Observed raw pork stored inside prep sink in room temperature to thaw out. Manager placed raw pork back to walk in cooler to continue with thawing process.”

***Ruby Tuesday

12075 SW 152nd St.

Coral Reef Drive

Miami

Inspection based on complaint

Ordered shut Aug. 3

9 violations found

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. (Approximately 13 live roaches on the wall and floor behind a stand up convection oven. Also observed 2 live roaches on the floor behind a reach in cooler in the server drink area, just outside the kitchen separated by a door).”

“Dead roaches on premises. Approximately 5 dead roaches located inside the doors underneath the self serve salad bar located in the dining room.”

***Joe’s Crab Shack

4402 N. University Drive

Lauderhill

Inspection based on complaint

24 violations found

“Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Observed 3 fresh droppings on 2nd floor at bar area.”

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed 1 live roach at dry storage area that used to be a walk in cooler.”

“Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area. Observed approximately 30 flies at the dry storage area.”

“Dead roaches on premises. Observed 7 dead roaches at dry storage area, 6 dead roaches at bar on 2nd floor.”

“Accumulation of dead or trapped birds, insects, rodents, or other pests, in control devices. Observed 1 dead rodent at bar on 2nd floor in a glue stick trap.”

***Church’s Chicken

2899 NW Seventh Ave.

Miami

Ordered shut July 25

11 violations found

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed approximately live roaches in the employee restroom ( 6 behind the door, 5 behind the water heater tank). The restroom is located in the back area next to the room where the ice machine and freezer are). Also observed approximately 3 live roaches behind the ice machine and 8 moist roach eggs inside the gaskets in the reach in freezer where the food is stored.”

“Dead roaches on premises. Observed 1 dead roach inside the mop sink and approximately 6 dead roaches under 3 compartment sink. Observed approximately 12 dead roaches under dry food storage shelf. Observed approximately 20 dead roaches inside light covers.”

“Floor drains/drain covers heavily soiled. All over the store.”

***CJ’s Crab Shack

Beach Paradise Hotel

600 Ocean Drive

Miami Beach

Ordered shut July 26

25 violations found

“Roach activity present as evidenced by 10+ live roaches found. At kitchen, corners and behind equipment. Pest control came last night, invoice provided.”

“10+ Dead roaches on premises. Kitchen/Prep Area. Corners and behind equipment. Pest control came last night. Invoice provided.”

“Chlorine sanitizer used to sanitize clean in place equipment not at proper minimum strength. Do not use equipment not properly sanitized. At 0 then corrected to 100.”

“Operator unable to provide documentation for source of fish. Grouper on menu, no proof of purchase provided.”

“Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Cheesecake 60°f lobster 46°f from last night, discarded. Cooler for cheesecake disconnected to be cleaned, less than 1 Hr.”

“Floor soiled/has accumulation of food debris. Under fryers.”

“Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine.”

***El Pub

1548 SW Eighth St.

Miami

Ordered shut July 26

76 violations found

Also ordered shut Oct. 19, 2016

“Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Observed one moist dropping on top of storage container lid in dry storage area. Observed 3 dry droppings on floor underneath storage container; observed 20 + dry droppings on shelf in dry storage area. Observed approximately 2 dry droppings on top of marinara sauce can.”

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed three live roaches crawling on wall underneath two compartment sink in main kitchen area; observed one live roach in wall gAp behind prep table in kitchen area; observed three live roaches crawling on bottom shelf of prep table holding slicer in kitchen area; observed one live roach crawling on hallway heading to storage area.”

“Accumulation of dead or trapped birds, insects, rodents, or other pests, in control devices. Observed one dead roach inside glue trap on top of dish machine.”

“Employee (dishwasher) handled soiled dishes or utensils and then handled clean dishes or utensils without washing hands. Coached on proper hand washing procedures.”

“Food-contact surfaces not sanitized after cleaning, before use. Do not use equipment/utensils not properly sanitized. Observed employee clean pans and not sanitized.”

“Nonfood-grade hose conveying potable water. Observed hose next to the steam table used to fill pots with water for soup as per employee.”

“Certified Food Manager or person in charge lacks knowledge of food borne illnesses and symptoms of illness that would prevent an employee from working with food, clean equipment and utensils, and single-service items. Provided educational flyer for health responsibilities via email to operator.”

“Soil residue in food storage containers with dry rice and black beans.”

***Tamura Japanese Seafood Buffet

6728 Main St.

Miami Lakes

Ordered shut July 26

35 violations found

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed approximately 30 plus by the dishwasher area Approximately 7 plus in wall shelves underneath dishwasher area Approximately 5 plus in ceiling dishwasher area ,approximately 7 in kitchen prep table by the ice machine , 1 inside of can opener base, approximately 5 in kitchen prep table by the main prep line underneath ,approximately 3 in kitchen prep table close to the three compartment sink underneath, approximately 3 by the ice machine behind the wall ,approximately 5 in dry storage shelves in between wall and soda boxes **Repeat Violation**.”

“Roach excrement and/or droppings present. Approximately 100 plus ware washing area ceiling.”

“Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area. Approximately 6 in kitchen area.”

“Dollies, pallets, racks or skids used to store or transport packaged food not designed to be moved easily to allow for cleaning access. Observed in kitchen reach in cooler wood pallet used to elevate the equipment, observed approximately 3 live roaches.”

***Bluefire Grille

Marriott Fort Lauderdale North

6650 N. Andrews Ave.

Fort Lauderdale

Ordered shut July 24

28 violations found

“Roach excrement and/or droppings present. Observed a build-up of roach excrement inside a cabinet used to store clean pans on the cooks line. Do not use any of these pans until they have been cleaned and sanitized. Observed roach excrement inside first aid cabinet.”

“Tracking powder pesticide used inside establishment. Observed tracking powder in an un-used oven.”

“Cooked meats or poultry hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Observed cooked sausage at 130°-135°F on the customer self-serve buffet. Chef removed food.”

“Employee failed to wash hands before changing gloves and/or putting on gloves to work with food. Observed cook cracking raw eggs not washing hands before changing gloves and then handling ready to eat omelet ingredients. After speaking with her, she removed the gloves, washed hands and put on new gloves.”

“Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Observed smoked salmon 48°-52°F, and cut melon 47°-52°F at breakfast buffet.”

“Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food marked with a date that exceeds 7 days after opening/preparation. Observed tuna salad dated 7.13.17.”

“Establishment advertised yellow tail snapper on the menu/menu board but served another type of fish. Observed only snapper in establishment is Indonesian frozen snapper. Establishment does not have any recent, within 30 days old, invoices to show that yellow tail snapper has been purchased.”

“Identity of food or food product misrepresented. Establishment advertises organic greens on the menu and did not observe any boxes of organic greens in the walk-in cooler and the establishment does not have any recent invoices to show that organic greens have been purchased. Establishment advertises free range chicken on the menu and the Chef showed me. Case of ice glazed airline chicken breast. The labeling on the case does not state free range and the establishment does not have any recent invoices to indicate that free range chicken has been purchased.”

“Build-up of food debris, dust or dirt on nonfood-contact surface. Observed a build-up of old food in the bottom of the unused reach-in cooler drawers on the cooks line.”

“Interior of oven has heavy accumulation of black substance/grease/food debris. 1. Observed both Imperial ovens has heavy accumulation of grease. 2. Observed hot hold cabinet at the end of cook line, shelves and bottom of cabinet has grease/ food debris. 3. Observed accumulation of grease in two ovens in rear cook line.”

***Rigaud Adeline

Blessing Restaurant

8427 NE Second Ave.

Miami

Ordered shut July 24

21 violations found

Also ordered shut Oct. 4, 2016

“Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Observed approximately 10-15 hard droppings around front counter.”

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed approximately 20 around the 3 compartment sink inside kitchen area.”

“Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area. Observed approximately 10 flies by the front counter and approximately 8 flies in the kitchen.”

“Clean equipment/utensils not stored at least 6 inches above the floor. Observed lean pots stored The floor.”

***China A

811 E. Commercial Blvd.

Oakland Park

Ordered shut July 24

16 violations found

Also ordered shut May 18

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed 8 live roaches on the kitchen floor under equipment and shelving on the cooks line. 1 live roach by the mop sink inside near the rear door. 4 on the wall under the hand sink near the rear door. 4 on the floor under a prep sink in the rear of the kitchen. **Repeat Violation**”

“Dead roaches on premises. Observed 6 dead roaches under the 3 compartment sink in the kitchen. 4 dead roaches on the kitchen floor near the rear door. 5 dead roaches outside the walk-in cooler on the floor. **Repeat Violation**”

“Raw animal foods not properly separated from one another based upon minimum required cooking temperature in walk-in freezer – all products not commercially packaged. Observed raw chicken, packaged on site, stored in the same container with raw beef and imitation Krab.”

“All potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) foods in reach-in cooler cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Observed all food in the larger flip top cooler on the cooks line is above 70°F. The food was moved to the walk-in cooler.”

***Adolophe Take Out

215 NE 82nd St.

Miami

Ordered shut July 26

13 violations found

Also ordered shut Jan. 3

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. observed approximately 10 live roaches crawling along walls in kitchen area near hand washing sink and food storage/prep tables. **Repeat Violation**”

“Certified Food Manager or person in charge lacks knowledge of food borne illnesses and symptoms of illness that would prevent an employee from working with food, clean equipment and utensils, and single-service items.”

***El Sol Cafe Corporation

8901 SW 157th Ave.

Miami

Ordered shut July 27

41 violations found

“Roach activity present as evidenced by 3 live roaches found inside can opener located in cook line  area, approximately 20 plus live roaches found on prep table located in cook line  area next to ovens, and 15 plus live roaches found in shelving located in dry storage used to store canned products and clean cooking equipment.”

“Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse.cooked pork (47°F – Cold Holding); ham (47°F – Cold Holding); cheese (46°F – Cold Holding); cooked ground beef (46°F – Cold Holding); tamales (46°F – Cold Holding); raw beef (46°F – Cold Holding); raw chicken (46°F – Cold Holding); cooked chicken (47°F – Cold Holding); raw fish (47°F – Cold Holding)in walking cooler , ambient temperature at 52°. raw fish (47°F – Cold Holding); raw chicken (47°F – Cold Holding); raw beef (47°F – Cold Holding); raw pork (46°F – Cold Holding); eggs (46°F – Cold Holding); ham (46°F – Cold Holding)in reach in cooler in cookline area, ambient temperature at 49°.”

“Encrusted material on can opener blade. **Repeat Violation**”

“Accumulation of debris inside ware washing machine.”

“Interior of oven has heavy accumulation of black substance/grease/food debris.”

“Interior of oven has heavy accumulation of black substance/grease/food debris.”

“Walk-in cooler not maintained in good repair. Do not store potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food in this unit until the unit is repaired. Cooked pork (47°F – Cold Holding); ham (47°F – Cold Holding); cheese (46°F – Cold Holding); cooked ground beef (46°F – Cold Holding); tamales (46°F – Cold Holding); raw beef (46°F – Cold Holding); raw chicken (46°F – Cold Holding); cooked chicken (47°F – Cold Holding); raw fish (47°F – Cold Holding)in walking cooler , ambient temperature at 52°.”

***Seafood Express Garlic Crab House

South Side of Lauderhill Mall

4269 NW 12th St.

Lauderhill

Ordered shut July 27

20 violations found

Also ordered shut July 12, 2017

Also ordered shut May 25, 2016

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed 7 live roaches under the reach in freezer at hallway, 1 live roach on the wall behind the prep table in the kitchen area, 2 live roaches behind the reach in cooler at front counter area.”

“Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area. Observed 2 flies in the kitchen area.”

“Dead roaches on premises. Observed 1 dead roach by the reach in freezer in the hallway.”

“Employee failed to wash hands before changing gloves and/or putting on gloves to work with food.”

“Food manager certification expired.”

***La Paralla De Pancho

628 S. State Road 7

Margate

Inspection based on complaint

Ordered shut July 28

19 violations found

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed 5 live roaches in the Cook line, 1 live by the prep table in the kitchen and 1 live roach by the reach in freezer in the hallway.”

“Dead roaches on premises. Observed 6 dead roaches in a glue stick by the reach in freezer in hallway, 2 dead roaches by the dishmachine, 2 dead roaches at front counter, 3 dead roaches at front bar, and 1 dead at Cook line.”

“Manager lacking proof of food manager certification.”

***Chez Le Bebe

114 NE 54th St.

Miami

Ordered shut July 31

25 violations found

Also ordered shut Sept. 11, 2015

“Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Observed approximately 40+dry droppings on dry storage shelf. Approximate 10 in another shelf. Observed 2 moist droppings on same shelf in dry storage shelf in storage area. Approximately 50+ dropping by storage room, under mop sink and shelves.”

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed approximately 10 live roaches under three compartment sink inside kitchen, one roach on prep table next to grinder.”

“Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area. Observed approximately 6 live Flies by back area.”

“Attached equipment soiled with accumulated dust, grease, or food debris. Grease on gas piping behind cooking equipment.”

“Cleaned and sanitized equipment or utensils not properly stored. Observed 2 pot lids on floor underneath a table in kitchen by serving window.”

“Hood soiled with accumulated grease, dust or food debris.”

“Objectionable odor in establishment. Back area by walk in cooler.”

“Cooked meats or poultry hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Observed stainless steel container with cooked pork on the stove top at the temperature of 110°f. Operator transferred pork to a pot, heated it up to cook. Pork 178°f.”

 

 

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State inspector forced to use umbrella during walkthrough of Checkers

A state inspector recently needed an umbrella to properly inspect a Checkers in Miami-Dade County.

Local 10 News reporter Jeff Weinsier went to the location to talk to someone about the food contamination issues that were found during that inspection.

“I have nothing to say,” an employee said once confronted by Weinsier.

That Checkers is located at Miller Drive and Southwest 137th Avenue.

During the inspection the kitchen was ordered shut, and among the 15 violations that were found were “food contaminated by leaking water from the ceiling due to the heavy rain,” the inspection report said.

A stop sale was ordered on cheese, onions, tartar sauce and mayo because of the water that was dripping on them from above.

“It was raining and dripping on the food?” Weinsier asked.

“We closed, that is why we closed,” an employee said.

“Were you serving people food with the rainwater dripping on the food?” Weinsier asked.

“We close,” the employee said.

It wasn’t only the rain water that caused the fast food restaurant to close down.

The inspection report said that chicken wings, fish, chili, hot dogs, cheese and sauces were all kept out of temperature.

“Everything is fixed,” the employee said.

“Everything is fixed?” Weinsier asked. 

“Yes,” the employee said.

Last week an inspector showed up at Chong’s Chinese at 1164 West Flagler Street based on a complaint, and 30 violations were found.

When Weinsier arrived at the restaurant, he was met by an angry waiter who told him, in Spanish, that what Weinsier was doing was illegal and threatened to call police.

“You can call the police all you want, but how about worrying about what the inspection said,” Weinsier said.

Roaches were spotted in several spots in this kitchen and  tracking power pesticide was found around the entire kitchen floor.

Ham, turkey, shrimp, pork and beef were kept out of temperature and food was not stored at least 6 inches from the floor.

“We just saw these in the kitchen here with food in them, and now they are outside on the ground,” Weinsier said.

“You can’t,” an employee said, motioning to the camera. “Please.”

No one there wanted to talk about the violations and conditions found.

Both places mentioned were allowed to reopen and serve you following an ordered cleanup and renspection.

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State inspector forced to use umbrella during walkthrough of Checkers

A state inspector recently needed an umbrella to properly inspect a Checkers in Miami-Dade County.

Local 10 News reporter Jeff Weinsier went to the location to talk to someone about the food contamination issues that were found during that inspection.

“I have nothing to say,” an employee said once confronted by Weinsier.

That Checkers is located at Miller Drive and Southwest 137th Avenue.

During the inspection the kitchen was ordered shut, and among the 15 violations that were found were “food contaminated by leaking water from the ceiling due to the heavy rain,” the inspection report said.

A stop sale was ordered on cheese, onions, tartar sauce and mayo because of the water that was dripping on them from above.

“It was raining and dripping on the food?” Weinsier asked.

“We closed, that is why we closed,” an employee said.

“Were you serving people food with the rainwater dripping on the food?” Weinsier asked.

“We close,” the employee said.

It wasn’t only the rain water that caused the fast food restaurant to close down.

The inspection report said that chicken wings, fish, chili, hot dogs, cheese and sauces were all kept out of temperature.

“Everything is fixed,” the employee said.

“Everything is fixed?” Weinsier asked. 

“Yes,” the employee said.

Last week an inspector showed up at Chong’s Chinese at 1164 West Flagler Street based on a complaint, and 30 violations were found.

When Weinsier arrived at the restaurant, he was met by an angry waiter who told him, in Spanish, that what Weinsier was doing was illegal and threatened to call police.

“You can call the police all you want, but how about worrying about what the inspection said,” Weinsier said.

Roaches were spotted in several spots in this kitchen and  tracking power pesticide was found around the entire kitchen floor.

Ham, turkey, shrimp, pork and beef were kept out of temperature and food was not stored at least 6 inches from the floor.

“We just saw these in the kitchen here with food in them, and now they are outside on the ground,” Weinsier said.

“You can’t,” an employee said, motioning to the camera. “Please.”

No one there wanted to talk about the violations and conditions found.

Both places mentioned were allowed to reopen and serve you following an ordered cleanup and renspection.

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