Rodent seen in Wilton Manors restaurant shut down in July

Simply Delish shut down in July after inspectors found 37 violations

Published On: Sep 21 2012 04:22:25 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 22 2012 06:27:31 PM EDT
WILTON MANORS, Fla. -

A viewer captured a photo of what appeared to be a rat inside a restaurant in Wilton Manors that was shut down by health inspectors in July.

On Wednesday, a viewer sent Local 10 the photo from outside Simply Delish at 2287 Wilton Drive.

"It was so large, it looked like a cat," said Ben. "Through the glass, I saw two red beady eyes staring at me. I took out my phone and snapped a photo."

Ben's picture showed what appeared to be a rat on top of a chair inside the restaurant. The picture showed the rodent inches from a table that was already set with silverware.

A woman inside Simply Delish said it was impossible.

"Are you crazy? No way," the woman told Local 10's Jeff Weinsier.

The woman said she was not the owner. State records show Karen Samra owns the restaurant. She agreed to meet Weiniser by phone on Thursday but never showed.

This isn't the first time there have been issues at Simply Delish.

On July 24, an inspector with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation noted 37 violations inside Simply Delish, including mold growing in salad dressings, slime in the ice machine, live roaches, and rodent droppings.

READ: Inspector's notes from July 24th

Local 10 sent Ben's picture to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Inspectors showed up Friday morning and noted 14 violations, including dead roaches in the dining room and rodent droppings behind and under an ice machine.

Simply Delish was not ordered shut Friday despite the violations.

"The establishment had previously been working with pest control and the evidence of vermin and roaches at the time of inspection didn't indicate an active problem," said Beth Frady, Deputy Communications Director of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

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