3 past offenders ordered shut after state inspection

Roaches, rodent issues among violations found at restaurants

By Jeff Weinsier - Investigative Reporter

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. - The owner of Taj Fine Indian Cuisine wouldn't come out when Local 10 News approached him about his restaurant being ordered shut down again.

But the Local 10 News camera did catch him through a kitchen window.

"I see the boss right there," Local 10 News reporter Jeff Weinsier said.

"He said he can't come out," an employee said.

"He can't come out?" Weinsier said.

"No," the employee said.

“Why not?” Weinsier.

"I don't know," the employee said.

Local 10 News was at the restaurant about two years ago when inspectors found rodent issues.

Last week, 26 violations were found after an inspection.

Roaches were found in several spots throughout the kitchen, including by a rice cooker and inside a container of pigeon peas.

A stop sale was ordered on chicken that was out of temperature. Old food was stuck to a clean dishwasher.

 An employee touched his face and then touched a cutting board without washing his hands. Walls were soiled with black debris and grease.

Since the manager was busy the first time Local 10 News went to the restaurant, Weinsier went back the next day.

"You should come sometime later," an employee said.

"Later? This is my second time here," Weinsier said. 

In Cooper City at Classic Deli on Flamingo Road, just north of Stirling Road, the state's orange sticker has been up for 10 days.

Inspectors were there on June 12 based on a complaint.

Among the 24 violations found were roaches throughout the kitchen, at a wait station and in the dining room. Oatmeal and grits were also kept out of temperature.

Local 10 News went to the restaurant several times for comment, but no one was there to answer questions.

There was a note on the door that said, "We apologize but due to the construction and rain we have developed a bug issue. We have hired a great company to help with the issue."

The original Latin America Restaurant located on Coral Way in Miami was also ordered shut.

"Is there a manager?" Weinsier said.

"No," an employee said.

No one at the location would talk to Weinsier about the 46 violations found there last week.

The inspector wrote that an "extreme amount of flies all around the kitchen" were found at the location.  

Rodent droppings were found in a prep area and next to rice bags.

Roaches were found inside an oven in the cookline area.

A stop sale was ordered on black beans that were out of temperature. There was a mold-like substance in the ice machine and on soda dispensing nozzles.

Latin American and Taj  Fine Indian Cuisine were allowed to re-open following an ordered cleanup and re-inspection.

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