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Inspector finds rodent dropping in pasta at South Florida restaurant

Inspectors visit Notre Dame Restaurant 18 times in 2016

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POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – It's one of the worst inspections South Florida has seen this year. Notre Dame Restaurant was ordered shut for the fourth time since 2014.

In fact, inspectors have been to the Pompano Beach restaurant 18 times this year.

Among the violations were a dead rodent and rodent droppings in the pasta and in a pasta box.

Romano's Macaroni Grill in Kendall, Ivan's Cookhouse in North Miami Beach and several other places were also ordered shut.

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

***Romano's Macaroni Grill

12100 SW 88th St.

Miami

Inspection based on complaint

Ordered shut Oct. 31

20 violations found

"Roach activity present as evidenced by approximately 8 live roaches found in the pantry kitchen behind a standup oven.(5 live roaches observed in a sticky trap on the floor and 3 crawling on the wall."

"Dead roaches on premises. Approximately 11 dead roaches in a sticky trap in the kitchen."

"Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area. Approximately 15-20 live flies in the kitchen on walls."

"Interior of reach-in coolers soiled with accumulation of food residue. Coolers in pantry kitchen area."

"Interior of microwave soiled with encrusted food debris."

***Dicrespo

13772 SW 152nd St.

Miami

Ordered shut Nov. 3

26 violations found

"Roach activity present as evidenced by approximately 24 live roaches found in the kitchen on the floor, underneath food prep table, inside boxes on a shelf and underneath the dish wash machine."

"Dead roaches on premises. Approximately 60 dead roaches throughout the kitchen on floors and shelves."

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

"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."

***Ivan's Cookhouse

14815 Biscayne Blvd.

North Miami Beach

Inspection based on complaint

Ordered shut Nov. 2

15 violations found

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. 2 live roaches on reach in gasket by cooking equipment in front counter, 3 live roaches under 3 compartment sink, 4 roaches crawling on south wall by preparation table in kitchen area, 2 roaches crawling on south wall by dry storage items in kitchen area, 2 live roaches under trash container by cooking equipment."

"Dead roaches on premises. Approximately 4 dead roaches under the 3 compartment sink."

"Equipment in poor repair. Reach in cooler in front area across from stove."

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

***Marge's Garden Restaurant

4400 N. Andrews Ave.

Fort Lauderdale

Ordered shut Oct. 31

21 violations found

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed 7 live roaches around the 3 compartment sink, 2 live on the floor in the canned good dry storage area. Observed approximately 30 on the wall under a prep table on the cook line. 4 live on the floor under an oven on the cook's line. 4 on shelving for dry storage under the meat slicer. 4 on a wall behind a flip top cooler in the kitchen."

"Observed approximately 10 dead roaches on premises on the floor near the three compartment sink, 1 live in the canned good dry storage area on floor, 2 on the floor under an oven. 3 in a container used to store grits. 3 in a container used to store oatmeal. 1 dead on floor by the back exit."

"Accumulation of dead roaches in control devices. Observed approximately 15 dead roaches in a glue trap under shelving in the rear of the dining room."

"Pesticide/insecticide labeled for household use only present in establishment. One gallon jug of bug spray."

"Required employee training expired for some employees."

"Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Bread pudding stored in non-working cooler more than 24 hrs."

"Accumulation of food debris/grease on the prep table in the center of the kitchen."

***Weezie's Kitchen

1321 E. Commercial Blvd.

Oakland Park

Ordered shut Nov. 1

12 violations found

"Accumulation of dead insects in control devices. Observed dead roaches in multiple glue traps throughout the establishment under equipment. There are too many too count."

"Observed dead roaches on the floor under all equipment throughout the establishment. Observed approximately 200 or more throughout the establishment."

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed 2 live in a glue trap under the 3 compartment sink. They were immediately disposed in an outside dumpster. . 1 live roach on a storage container used to store glass plates. 1 live roach on front counter bar top. 1 live roach on the floor next to the stove on the cook line. 1 live roach on the wall behind the spice storage prep table. 1 live roach on the wait station prep table."

"Large amount of unused cooking equipment/supplies present."

***Notre Dame Restaurant

4859 N. Dixie Highway

Pompano Beach

Ordered shut Oct. 31

30 violations found

Also ordered shut June 22, 2016

Also ordered shut Jan. 4, 2016

Also ordered shut Sept. 22, 2014

"Dead rodent present in dry storage room near the cook line."

"Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Observed approximately 40 dry rodent droppings and 10 fresh rodent dropping on shelving in the dry storage room near the cook line. 9 dry rodent dropping in pasta box and 1 dry rodent dropping inside open packet of pasta in the same dry storage room. 5 dry rodent droppings behind chest freezer near back door."

"Stop Sale issued due to food not being in a wholesome, sound condition. 9 dry rodent dropping in pasta box and 1 dry rodent dropping inside open packet of pasta in the dry storage room. Pasta contaminated by rodent droppings. Chicken wing 46, rice (56°F - Cooling); 2nd bowl of fish (67°F oxtail (63°F - ; spices with fresh garlic (46°F - Cooling overnight)."

"Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse."

"Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area. Small flies in kitchen prep area."

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed approximately 6 live roaches in dishwashing/prep area."

"Dead roaches on premises. 1 dead roach by 3 compartment sink and 1 dead roach in storage room near back door. 6 behind chest cooler near back door. 3 dead ones in chest freezer near back door. **Repeat Violation**"

"Chlorine sanitizer not at proper minimum strength for manual warewashing. Do not use equipment/utensils not properly sanitized. No sanitization step used at 3 compartment sink. 0 ppm chlorine used. Only washing and rinsing observed. Corrected to 100 ppm chlorine."