Popular Key West crab restaurant ordered shut

Pinchers Crab Shack, Spanky's Cheesesteak Factory in Margate among closures

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PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – State inspectors were on Duval Street in Key West last week and found a rodent issue inside Pinchers Crab Shack.

Records show rodent droppings were found in the kitchen.

Spanky's Cheesesteak Factory in Margate was also ordered shut for a rodent issue. This is the second time the restaurant has been ordered shut.

Below is a list of places and some of their violations.

All the places listed were allowed to re-open following an ordered clean up and re-inspection.


Pinchers Crab Shack of Key West

712 Duval St.

Key West

Ordered shut 2/10/17

13 violations found

"Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. At time of inspection approximately 4 fresh, moist rodent droppings found on the top of the dish machine located in the kitchen. Approximately 2 dry crusty rodent droppings found on the window sill."

"Floor soiled/has accumulation of debris. Near walking coolers."

"Wall and window sills soiled with accumulated grease, food debris, and/or dust."

"Build-up of food debris, dust or dirt on nonfood-contact surface. Tops of steamer ovens."


Las Palmas Cafeteria

209 SE First St.


Ordered shut 2/6/17

27 violations found

"Rodent activity present as evidenced by half soft and half dry rodent droppings found. 20+ Under front counter at bar area, Corner. Also upstairs at storage/Food Prep area 40+ on floor corners."

"Slicer blade guard soiled with old food debris."

"Build-up of grease/dust/debris on hood filters. **Repeat Violation**"

"Food stored on floor. Oil containers and box of eggs. **Repeat Violation**"

"Grease accumulated on kitchen floor and/or under cooking equipment **Repeat Violation**"


Spanky's Cheesesteak Factory

309 N. State Road 7


Inspections based on complaint

Ordered shut 2/6/17

15 violations found

Also ordered shut 5/16/14

"Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Approximately 15 moist rodent dropping underneath front counter, 2 dry rodent dropping in storage room on hot water heater ,1 moist rodent dropping in dry storage area next to syrup boxes and 3 moist dropping on electricity box next to walk in cooler."

"Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, food storage area and restrooms."

"Plumbing system in disrepair. Hand washing sink in kitchen area."