Roach found in sugar container forces restaurant closure

Dead roaches also found inside Lotus House in Kendall


MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Two restaurants on Southwest 107th Avenue in Kendall were ordered shut last week by state inspectors.

The Chicken Kitchen and Lotus House both had roach issues, according to an inspection report.

The inspector found a live roach in a container of sugar at the Lotus House.

The Sunset Bakery in Sunrise was ordered shut for the second time.

A state inspector noted a rodent issue. Sunset was also ordered shut in 2014.

Two Sisters, located inside the Hyatt Regency in Coral Gables was also ordered shut by state inspectors.

Besides a roach issue, the inspector also found temperature issues with food.

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

***Sunset Bakery

6941 Sunset Strip


Ordered shut Aug. 8

23 violations found

Also ordered shut Nov. 20, 2014

"Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found , approximately 10 fresh droppings at dry storage area, approximately 20 fresh droppings next to the oven."

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found, 2 live roaches at dry storage area in flour, 2 live roaches under the bread sheeter in the kitchen area, 1 live roach by the handwashing sink..."

"Torn packages/bags of food exposing the contents to contamination. See stop sale, with live roaches."

"Employee with no hair restraint while engaging in food preparation."

"Food stored on floor."

"Operating with an expired Division of Hotels and Restaurants license."

***Lotus House

9061 SW 107th Ave.


Ordered shut Aug. 15

23 violations found

"Roach activity present as evidenced by approximately 40 live roaches found in the kitchen on floors, walls, inside a container of sugar, underneath the three compartment sink, reach in cooler and freezer gaskets."

"Stop Sale issued due to food not being in a wholesome, sound condition. Live roach inside a large container of sugar."

"Dead roaches on premises. Approximately 20 dead roaches on the floors, reach in cooler gaskets, light shields."

***Caribbean Flavor Restaurant

Le Gout D'Haiti

21315 NW Second Ave.


Ordered shut Aug. 15

35 violations found

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found.observed approximately 15 live roaches in the kitchen by reach in freezer next to 3 compartment sink."

"Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area. Observed approximately 20 flies in the kitchen."

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

"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."

"Employee switched from working with raw food to ready-to-eat food without washing hands."

"Grease accumulated on kitchen floor and/or under cooking equipment."


***Chicken Kitchen

9067 SW 107th Ave.


Ordered shut Aug. 15

9 violations found

"Roach activity present as evidenced by approximately 14 live roaches found in the kitchen underneath the front counter cabinets and floor."

"In-use utensil in not potentially hazardous (non-time/temperature control for safety) food not stored with handle above top of food within a closed container. Sugar, chicken base powder."

"Encrusted material on can opener blade."

***Two Sisters

Hyatt Regency

50 Alhambra Plaza

Coral Gables

Ordered shut Aug. 18

26 violations found

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed two live roaches by side banquet station near flour and rice containers inside kitchen / food preparation station. Observed two live roach underneath preparation sink by large soup kettles inside kitchen. Observed one live roach in dry storage floor."

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

"Interior of microwave soiled with encrusted food debris."

"Employee cracked raw shell eggs and then handled ready-to-eat food and/or clean equipment or utensils without washing hands."

"Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Observed RESTAURANT COOLER: Sliced ham ; (45°F - Cold Holding); raw beef (45°F - Cold Holding); cooked risotto (52°F - Cold Holding); cooked rice and beans (52°F - Cold Holding); sliced cheese (45°F - Cold Holding); hard boiled eggs (45°F - Cold Holding); cooked rock shrimp (47°F - Cold Holding); cut tomatoes (47°F - Cold Holding); cooked vegetable mix (50°F - Cold Holding); vegetable soup (52°F - Cold Holding) inside walk in cooler. Observed sliced melons (62°F - Cold Holding); sliced hams and turkeys (62°F - Cold Holding at front buffet station. Observed cut tomatoes (52°F - Cooling); cooked wild rice (45°F - Cold Holding inside reach in cooler. Observed Butter and cream cheese packets (66°F cold-holding) with sign of keep refrigerated."

"Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Observed cooked potatoes (115°F - Hot Holding); scrambled eggs (121°F - Hot Holding); spinach and egg wraps (121°F - Hot Holding) at front buffet station."

"Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food marked with a date that exceeds 7 days after opening/preparation. Sliced ham inside walk in cooler with date 08/05/2016. Operator discarded product."

"Self-service salad bar/buffet lacking adequate sneeze guards or other proper protection from contamination. Observed buffet station where diced fruits, sliced hams, scrambled eggs, cooked potatoes, spinach and egg wraps, oatmeal, bacon and sausage, croissants and breads all self-service and no sneeze guards or other protection from contamination provided."