Key West hotel kitchen shut down due to rodent, cleanliness issues

By Jeff Weinsier - Investigative Reporter
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KEY WEST, Fla. - The kitchen at the Saint Hotel in Key West was ordered shut last week after a state inspector noted a rodent issue.

State records also show the kitchen could use a good scrub down.

Rodent issues were also found at Budare Bistro in Weston and roach issues were found at Natural Chicken Grill in Miami Gardens.

A Burger King was also ordered shut in Fort Lauderdale because of a lack of hot water and problems in the bathroom facilities for employees. 

As of this post, the Burger King has not been allowed to re-open.

All the other places mentioned were allowed to re-open following an ordered cleanup followed by a re-inspection.

***Natural Chicken Grill

5628 NW 167th St.

Miami Gardens

Ordered shut Nov. 9

13 violations found

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. In kitchen fridge 4 live roaches on top of the fridge, 6 lives roaches in between gasket and door."

"Roach excrement and/or droppings present. Approximately 200 in kitchen fridge gasket."

"Dead roaches on premises. Approximately 20 in kitchen fridge basket and inside of the fridge. Observed frozen food stored."

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

"Soiled reach-in fridge gaskets. In kitchen area Roaches dropping and dead roaches."

"Certified food manager unable to answer basic Food Code questions pertaining to safe operation of establishment. Hot holding and cold holding temperatures. **Repeat Violation**."

"No currently certified food service manager on duty with four or more employees engaged in food preparation/handling."

***The Saint Hotel Key West

417 Eaton St.

Key West

Ordered shut Nov. 8

18 violations found

"Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. At time of inspection observed approximately 10 dry brittle rodent droppings and approximately 10 moist rodent droppings located on the floor under the soda station located in the dry storage area."

"Build-up of food debris, dust or dirt on nonfood-contact surface. Observed the shelf above the stove top is soiled."

"Hood soiled with accumulated grease, dust or food debris."

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

"Shelf under preparation table soiled with food debris. Observed shelve next to the griddle and containing sauces on a tray soiled."

"Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Observed calamari and shrimp located in the reach in cooler out of temperature due to the pan being overfilled."

"Single-use gloves not changed as needed after changing tasks or when damaged or soiled. Observed no gloves available for employees."

***Burger King

666 W. Broward Blvd.

Fort Lauderdale

Inspection based on complaint

Ordered shut Nov. 9

6 violations found

"No hot running water at Porto Potties used by employees."

"Objectionable odors in bathroom. Porto Potties."

"No paper towels or mechanical hand drying device provided at Porto Potties used by employees."

"No soap provided at Porto Potties used by food employees."

***Budare Bistro

1916 Weston Road

Weston

Ordered shut Nov. 6

8 violations found

"Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Moist 1 next to prep sink. Moist 1 under Grill table. More than five moist under kitchen equipment."

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. 4 live in dry storage room. 1 live next to prep sink."

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

"Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food prepared onsite and held more than 24 hours not properly date marked. Wrong date on shredded chicken, per manager was made on 11-1-17." 
 


 

 

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