8 South Fla. restaurants ordered shut

Several closures based on complaints


PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – Eight South Florida restaurants were ordered shut last week by inspectors with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Several of the closures were based on complaints.

All the restaurants listed were allowed to re-open following an ordered cleanup and re-inspection.

Below is a list of restaurants and some of their violations:

Spanky's Cheesesteak Factory

309 N. State Road 7


3 violations

Based on complaint

"Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Approx 25-30 fresh droppings in middle of kitchen, under equip, on dish machine. 2 droppings on top of water heater. Approx 10 droppings on front cook line behind stove and table. Approx 10 droppings in dining room under booth seats. Rub marks observed on conduit coming down from ceiling. Gnaw marks observed on cardboard used to seal hole in ceiling. Strong odor of feces and urine throughout kitchen."

"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."

"Single-service articles not stored inverted or protected from contamination."

Bamboo Garden Chinese Restaurant

1232 NE 163rd St.

North Miami Beach

29 violations

Based on complaint

"Roach activity present as evidenced by 45 plus live roaches found throughout kitchen. Observed live roaches in reach in cooler, on gaskets, on ceiling, in storage containers, and walls in kitchen."

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

"Employee began working with food, handling clean equipment or utensils, or touching unwrapped single-service items without first washing hands."

Styx Sports Bar

15346 W. Dixie Highway

North Miami

15 violations

"Roach activity present as evidenced by 3 live roaches found at front counter approximately 3 feet from kitchen. Observed 12 live roaches in kitchen on and around cooking equipment."

"Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance on/around soda dispensing nozzles."

"Encrusted material on can opener blade."

Cavalieri's Restaurant

7491 N. Federal Highway

Boca Raton

12 violations

Based on complaint

"Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Rodent droppings present. 4 dry dropping underneath counter in front line, pizza station. Fresh 30 to 40 droppings underneath dish machine and 3 compartment sink. 5 fresh rodent droppings underneath stem table. Dry 15 droppings underneath shelf in kitchen area."

"Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees F. Butter 66 degrees in cook line no under control temperature . Food being held less than 4 hours. Moved to freezer. Lasagna , breaded chicken, liquid egg , brown sauce 45 degrees to 46 degrees in reach in cooler across from grill in kitchen, adjusted thermostats. And pasta 45 degrees, eggplant 48 degrees in glass door reach in cooler next to oven in kitchen ice down on food. Food being held less than 4 hours. Corrective action taken."

Marlin Cuban Restaurant

102770 Overseas Highway

Key Largo

45 violations

Based on complaint

"Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. 50 dried rodent droppings on window sill behind reach in cooler, and under table holding slicer. 25 dried droppings in dry storage area."

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed 5 live roaches in food prep area near slicer, observed 20 live roaches on dish machine."

"Dish machine chlorine sanitize 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."

"Food-contact surfaces not sanitized after cleaning, before use. Do not use equipment/utensils not properly sanitized."

"Dish water not cleared of gross food and waste prior to being placed in three-compartment sink/dish machine."

"Build-up of mold-like substance on nonfood-contact surface. Inside dish machine and on dish rack in dish machine. Also inside dish machine fill receiver."

El Novillo

15450 New Barn Road

Miami Lakes

3 violations

"Roach activity present as evidenced by 14 live roaches found in the kitchen underneath a dish ware wash table next to the dishwasher during a next callback inspection for live roach activity the day before."

Universal Restaurant

2072 Opa-locka Blvd.


38 violations

"Presence of insects, rodents, or other pests. Maggots observed in hand sink."

"Rodent activity present as evidenced by 25 plus dry rodent droppings found at front counter app 7 ft from kitchen."

"Stop sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Eggs observed 56° for more than 4 hours."

"Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) hot held at less than 135 degrees fahrenheit or above. Meatballs 120 degrees, chicken 97 degrees, beef 98 degrees, pork 84 degrees, beans 88 degrees for less than 4 hours."