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Popular South Florida restaurant lies to customers about closure

Yakko-San ordered shut by inspectors, claims they closed due to gas leak

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Yakko-San may have told loyal customers on Facebook that a gas leak forced it to close last week, but state records show the restaurant was ordered shut due to a roach issue.

Juice and Java Express in the Avenutra Mall was also ordered shut because of a roach issue.

State records show there was a raw sewage issue at Caffe Di Mauro on Miami Beach.

Below is a list of places and some of their violations. All of the places ordered shut were allowed to re-open following ordered clean-ups and re-inspections.

Yakko-San

3881 NE 163rd St.

North Miami Beach

Ordered shut Jan. 12

24 violations found

"Roach activity present as evidenced by approximately 25-35 live roaches found in the kitchen inside an unused oven and on the floor behind a reach in cooler, and crawling on a shelf above a food prep table."

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

"Dead roaches on premises. Trapped in sticky tape on the side of a reach in cooler."

"Dumpster overflowing garbage."

"Wall soiled with accumulated grease, food debris, and/or dust, and mold, dish wash area walls."

"Wet wiping cloth not stored in sanitizing solution between uses."

"We’re embarrassed by what the state inspector claims to have found at Yakko-San, however, the issues the inspector identified were immediately addressed and corrected," Brian Andrews, a spokesman for the owners of the restaurant, said. "The safety and enjoyment of our customers is our top priority and additional steps have been put into place to make sure we never have these same issues again."

Juice and Java Express

Aventura Mall

19501 Biscayne Blvd.

Aventura

Ordered shut Jan. 13

14 violations found

"Roach activity present as evidenced by approximately 9 live roaches found inside kitchen cabinet located in the kitchen."

"Dead roaches on premises. Approximately 4-7 inside wall cabinet."

"Pesticide/insecticide labeled for household use only present in establishment."

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

Caffe Di Mauro

1464 Washington Ave.

Miami Beach

Ordered shut Jan. 12

19 violations found

"Raw sewage on ground of establishment. Throughout the kitchen/ lobby area."

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

"Manager lacking proof of food manager certification."

"Person in charge unable to answer basic Food Code questions pertaining to safe operation of establishment."

"Wall soiled with accumulated grease, food debris, and/or dust. Behind stove."

Sunshine Cafe

8180 NW 36th St.

Miami

Ordered shut Jan. 12

10 violations found

"Roach activity present as evidenced by 4 live roaches found front counter underneath , 2 in three compartment sink under, 2 in dry storage wall."

"Approximately 10 Dead roaches on premises inside of the reach in freezer different areas ,4 in walls different areas **Repeat Violation**"

"Roach excrement and/or droppings present. Approximately 100 plus in between reach in cooler gasket. Approximately 100 plus underneath three compartment sink."

"Tracking powder pesticide used inside establishment."

Everything Man

7900 NW 27th Ave.

Miami

12 violations found

"Roach activity present as evidenced by 5 live roaches found. Two behind fruit reach in cooler Two underneath soda reach in cooler One between wall"

"Roach excrement and/or droppings present. Between walls by the hand washing sink."

"Approximately 20+ Dead roaches on premises in different areas."

Freedom Wings

7900 NW 27th Ave.

Miami

Ordered shut Jan. 14

14 violations found

"Roach activity present as evidenced by Approximately 20+ live roaches found behind and under reach in cooler back side of the kitchen Approximately 5 + three compartment underneath."

"Tracking powder pesticide used inside establishment. Dry storage shelves underneath."

"Approximately 20+ Dead roaches on premises behind reach in cooler back side of the 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."

Rincon Progeseno II

1717 NW 17th Ave.

Miami

Ordered shut Jan. 12

28 violations found

"Roach activity present as evidenced by approximately 20 plus live roaches found in open storage closet located next to the stove , used to store seasonings, pots and pans, microwave."

"Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Chicken 57°, eggs 55°, pork 57°, ground sausage 56°, cheese 56° ,beef 57° found on RIC at the front."

"Cold holding equipment not maintained in good repair. Do not store potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food in this unit until the unit is repaired. Front area. chicken 57°, eggs 55°, pork 57°, ground sausage 56°, cheese 56° ,beef 57°."

"Gaskets with slimy/mold-like build-up."

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

"Establishment operating without a license from the Division of Hotels and Restaurants."