Roaches cause closure of South Florida landmark

El Pub, other restaurants on Dirty Dining list

By Jeff Weinsier - Investigative Reporter

MIAMI - An iconic South Florida restaurant was shut down by state health inspectors after live roaches were found where people were eating.

Inspectors were called to Little Havana's El Pub after a complaint was filed.

Another restaurant, Aji Carbon, had its doors closed after rain water was leaking into the kitchen and onto a food prep table.

The Peruvian restaurant in North Miami Beach was also operating without a state license.

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

AJI CARBON

16978 NE 19TH AVENUE

NORTH MIAMI BEACH

ORDERED SHUT 10/20/16

12 VIOLATIONS FOUND

"Hole in ceiling. Large amount of rain water leaking inside kitchen from ceiling hole on top of preparation table, this preparation table is not being used to do any food preparation at the time of inspection. Water splashing onto kitchen floor."

"Floor area(s) covered with standing water. Rain water."

"Cutting board has cut marks and is no longer cleanable."

"Manager lacking proof of food manager certification."

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

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

EL PUB

1548 SW 8TH STREET

MIAMI

INSPECTION BASED ON COMPLAINT

ORDERED SHUT 10/19/16

29 VIOLATIONS FOUND

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Approximately 30 and plus live roaches under front counter by sandwich area. In the can opener approximately 5 and plus live roaches."

"Dead roaches on premises. Approximately 4 dead roaches."

"Food-contact surfaces not sanitized after cleaning, before use. Do not use equipment/utensils not properly sanitized."

"Pots or other cooking equipment not being sanitized."

"Food stored in ice used for drinks. See stop sale."

"Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food. Eggs over beef."

"Encrusted material on can opener blade."

"Manager lacking proof of food manager certification."

FUJI HANA

11768 SW 88TH STREET

(KENDALL DRIVE)

MIAMI

ORDERED SHUT 10/17/16

28 VIOLATIONS FOUND

"Rodent activity present as evidenced by approximately 50 moist rodent droppings found in the kitchen underneath a food prep table."

"Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance on/around soda dispensing nozzles."

"Build-up of food debris, dust or dirt on nonfood-contact surface. Shelves throughout kitchen."

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

"Holes in ceiling."

"Storage area not maintained clean and organized."

PI BON GOU

2551 N. DIXIE HIGHWAY

POMPANO BEACH

ORDERED SHUT 10/18/16

12 VIOLATIONS FOUND

ALSO ORDERED SHUT 8/20/15

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed approximately 9 live roaches under dishwashing sink and 2 live roaches in food prep area near microwaves by cook line ."

"Dead roaches on premises. Observed 2 dead by back door, 1 dead by plate storage, 2 dead under microwave."

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

"Certified Food Manager or person in charge lacks knowledge of employee health policy and health requirements."

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