A restaurant in the Ocean Drive hotel owned by Emilio and Gloria Estefan was ordered shut by State Inspectors last week. A whooping 41 violations were found on October 28th.
The Cardozo Hotel's website describes that place as elegant, chic, and sophisticated.
But below are some of the violations found at the Cardozo and other places in South Florida with problems.
CARDOZO BAR AND GRILL
1300 OCEAN DRIVE
"Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Observed about 30 plus dried rodent droppings inside cabinet located at ice cream bar area. Dead roaches on premises. Dead roach inside reach in cooler. Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed about 20 plus roaches behind the reach in cooler located at the AC room. Observed about 5 live roaches among food condiments by walk in cooler Observed about 10 plus live roaches inside light box on top of rack of walk in cooler. Build-up of soil/debris on the floor along the walls, baseboards, cabinets and/or equipment. Observed trash and debris behind the reach in cooler located at the AC ROOM. Observed trash and debris under the shelves by walk in cooler."
Frank Amadeo, president of Estefan Enterprises, issued a statement, saying: “Estefan Enterprises does not manage or operate The Cardozo Bar & Grill, which is leased to a third party. Nonetheless we take the issue of health and safety very seriously. As soon as we became aware of the Health Department's concerns, we demanded that our tenant immediately correct the issues, which they did. The health inspector returned to the property the following morning and determined that the restaurant was in compliance and reopened it."
ME KONG CHINESE
18073 SOUTH DIXIE HIGHWAY
"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found 13 underneath cooking equipment in cook line, 1 by hand wash sink. 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. Dead roaches on premises. 4 underneath the hand sink in kitchen."
SOUTH GARDEN RESTAURANT
12936 N.W. 7TH AVENUE
Dead roaches on premises.20 dead roaches found in the steam table. Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found.20 dry rodent dropping found on the shelf in the back storage. Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found.20 dry rodent dropping found on the shelf in the back storage."
MANDALAY OCEAN FRONT GRILL AND TIKI
80 EAST 2ND STREET
"Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. FOUND 20 FRESH RODENT DROPPINGS ON TOP OF THE DISHWASHER, 30 FRESH FOUND ALONG COOKLINE, INSIDE KITCHEN AREA RESTAURANT OPEN AT INSPECTION TIME. Person in charge fails to exhibit active managerial control. Accumulation of lime scale on the inside of the dish machine."