Roaches nesting force Miami-Dade restaurant closure

La Perla Del Sur, Chef Chen ordered closed


MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Roach issues forced state inspectors to shut down two Miami-Dade County restaurants last week.

Inspectors showed up unannounced, and based on a complaint, to La Perla Del Sur on West Flagler last week, where 40 violations were found.

Chef Chen, in the Crossroads shopping center on North Kendall Drive, was also ordered shut.

Below is list of some of the violations. All the places listed were allowed to re-open following an ordered clean up and re-inspection.

Chef Chen Chinese Restaurant

Crossroads Shopping Center

11557 N. Kendall Drive


Ordered shut Aug. 26

26 violations found

"Roach activity present as evidenced by approximately 35 live roaches found in the, reach in cooler gaskets and nesting inside a cut off box on top of reach in cooler."

"Dead roaches on premises. Approximately 14 on gaskets of reach in freezers."

"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."

"Proof of required state approved employee training not available for some employees."

La Perla Del Sur

5762 W. Flagler St.


Inspection based on complaint

Ordered shut Aug. 23

40 violations found

"Roach activity present as evidenced by approximately 10 plus live roaches must of them carrying egg casings in prep table in front of cook line."

"Dead roaches on premises."

"Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food."

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

"Single-use gloves not changed as needed after changing tasks or when damaged or soiled."

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

"Encrusted material on can opener blade."

"Interior of reach-in cooler soiled with accumulation of food residue."

"Buildup of food debris/soil residue on equipment door handles."

"Ceiling/ceiling tiles/vents soiled with accumulated food debris, grease, dust, or mold-like substance."

"Interior of microwave soiled with encrusted food debris."

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

"Employee handled soiled dishes or utensils and then handled clean dishes or utensils without washing hands."