Hard Rock Cafe ordered shut after rodent runs around kitchen

12 violations found at Bayside restaurant

MIAMI – The Hard Rock Cafe in the Bayside Marketplace was ordered shut last week after a rodent ran back and forth across the kitchen floor during an inspection.

The inspector noted 12 violations at the restaurant.

Records show inspectors have been to the restaurant 11 times in 2016, and three of those of those times were based on a complaints. The average inspection rate for a restaurant in Florida is two times a year.

"We take great pride in the cleanliness of each of our cafes worldwide and have set the highest industry standard for our locations. We worked with the health department and outside companies and have corrected this issue," Hard Rock International said in a statement.

A rodent issue was also discovered at Ric Kin Bing Cuban Cafe in Pompano Beach.

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

***Hard Rock Cafe -- Bayside

401 Biscayne Blvd.


Ordered shut Nov. 9

12 violations found

"Live rodent present. At time of inspection observed 1 live mouse running back and forth across main kitchen floor."

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. At time of inspection observed 1 live roach crawling in kitchen hall way."

"Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Diced tomatoes 46°f- cold holding, operator discarded."

"Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above. cauliflower burger (81°F - holding at room temperature ) operator moved to walk in cooler."

"Hand wash sink not accessible for employee use due to items stored in the sink. Bowls and pots at ware wash area."

***Ric Kin Bing Cuban Cafe

640 E. Sample Road

Pompano Beach

Inspection based on complaint

Ordered shut Nov. 9

25 violations found

"Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Observed approximately 5 dry and 1 fresh rodent droppings in restroom, 31 dry and 2 fresh rodent droppings in storage room where 2 freezer are located ,7 dry and 1 fresh rodent droppings by steam table in prep/front counter area , 1 dry rodent dropping on ledge under prep table in side prep area and 6 fresh and 5 dry rodent droppings by cooler in side prep area. Observed gnaw marks on bag of rodent poison bait pellets in front counter area."

"Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Pre made Cuban sandwiches 47-48° F (Cooling) , flan 52° F (Cooling). Held overnight raw beef 47° F, raw chicken 53° F, cooked pork 51° F. All held overnight. Raw beef 47° F, raw chicken 53° F and cooked pork 51° F at cook line flip top cooler. Food has been in cooler overnight. Foods not maintaining 41° F or below for longer than 4 hours."

"Dead roaches on premises.1 in dry storage and 1 near front door."

"Chlorine sanitizer not at proper minimum strength for manual ware washing. Do not use equipment/utensils not properly sanitized. No sanitization step observed when washing food storage containers at the 3 compartment sink. Containers only washed and rinsed. 0 ppm chlorine used. Containers rewashed and sanitized , 50 ppm chlorine used."