Rodent issue forces Aventura Mall restaurant closed again

By Jeff Weinsier - Investigative Reporter

AVENTURA, Fla. - State records show a rodent issue was discovered at the Mama Sbarros in the Aventura Mall last week. The restaurant is not located in the food court which is under construction.

Inspectors were at the Sbarros based on a complaint.

Rodent issues were also discovered at Sonic across from Hard Rock stadium and at Exquisite Catering by Robert.

Roach issues were discovered at Rob's Family BBQ in Davie, west of Pine Island Road and at Deerfield Beach Cafe. 

Below are some of the violations. 

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

MAMA SBARROS
AVENTURA MALL
19501 BISCAYNE BLVD.
AVENTURA

INSPECTION BASED ON COMPLAINT
ORDERED SHUT 11/15/17
11 VIOLATIONS FOUND
ALSO ORDERED SHUT 10/14/15

"Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. 10+ fresh droppings on top of walk in cooler. Approx. 20 + soft/dry droppings, kitchen corners against walls."

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

EXQUISITE CATERING BY ROBERT
1800 NE 150TH STREET
NORTH MIAMI

INSPECTION BASED ON COMPLAINT
ORDERED SHUT 11/14/17
15 VIOLATIONS FOUND

"Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Approximately 12 to 15 dry rodent droppings under shelves in dry storage room. There is a door to separate the storage room from the preparation area and there's about 45 to 50 feet to preparation area."

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Approximately 8 live roaches under cooking equipment in kitchen area."

"Dead roaches on premises. 2 dead roaches in dry storage."

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

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

"Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine."

SONIC
2660 NW 199TH STREET
MIAMI GARDENS

INSPECTION BASED ON COMPLAINT
ORDERED SHUT 11/13/17
11 VIOLATIONS FOUND

"Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Approximately 12 dry droppings under the shelve in dry storage area bags, burger wrap paper, and fries tray."

"Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine."

"Certified Food Manager or person in charge lacks knowledge of food borne illnesses and symptoms of illness that would prevent an employee from working with food, clean equipment and utensils, and single-service items."

ROB'S FAMILY BBQ
8990 STATE ROAD 84
DAVIE

INSPECTION BASED ON COMPLAINT
ORDERED SHUT 11/16/17
19 VIOLATIONS FOUND

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed approximately 20 live roaches in food preparation area next to can rack holder , approximately 25 live roaches on rear cooking line next to double decker oven, 1 live roach found under dish washing machine, 4 live roaches in kitchen next to ice machine and 2 live roaches found next to reach in freezer at front line. Observed 1 dead roach on cook line  inside bus Pan with dirty utensils."

"Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Observed home made chicken salad at 47°, homemade potato salad 47°, operator replace containers of each food item. Observed raw chicken 45° raw beef burger 46° cut tomato 48° in front line reach in cooler, operator place ice packages on items to expedite temperature .. corrective action taken."

"Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of both ice machine."

"Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Observed homemade chicken salad at 47°, homemade potato salad 47°, operator replace containers of each food item. Observed raw chicken 45° raw beef burger 46° cut tomato 48° in front line reach in cooler, operator place ice packages on items to expedite temperature."

"Grease accumulated on kitchen floor and/or under cooking equipment. Wall soiled with accumulated black debris in dishwashing area. Ceiling/ceiling tiles, vents soiled with accumulated food debris, grease, dust, or mold-like substance throughout kitchen. Wall soiled with accumulated grease, food debris, and dust throughout kitchen." 

DEERFIELD BEACH CAFE
202 NW 21ST AVENUE
DEERFIELD BEACH

ORDERED SHUT 11/13/17
12 VIOLATIONS

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed approximately 62 live roaches in rear prep area by prep sink table and reach-in freezer and 12 live roaches by prep cooler at end of cook line."

"Dead roaches on premises. 1 dead roach under hand wash sink in cook line  area and 1 dead roach under prep table in rear prep area."

"Employee touched face/hair and then engaged in food preparation, handled clean equipment or utensils, or touched unwrapped single-service items without washing hands. Server scratched chest then handled and filled pot of coffee without washing hands first. Hostess touched face then made shakes without washing hands first. Employees washed hands."

"Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Spinach 49° F, cheese American 61° F, white cheese 60° F, tomatoes 62° F, salsa 61° F, sausage 61° F, chicken , ham 56° F, chicken 60° F, and liquid egg 48° F at flip top cooler next to grill. Cooler with ambient temperature of 50° F, coils frozen. Food moved to working cooler to quick chill. Foods in cooler for less than 4 hours. Corrective Action Taken. Overstacked Tomatoes 52° F, cheese 53° F, and sauce 54° F at flip top cooler at end of cook line . FOOD observed being stored above rim level of container in make table top. Overstack of foods removed and placed inside of cooler." 

"Food being cooled by non-approved method as evidenced by inadequate rate of cooling during time of inspection. Cooked potatoes from 79-85° F to 78-79° F at 11:02 Cooling in large deep covered container at walk-in cooler. Ice added to quickly bring down potatoes to 70° F. Reviewed proper cooling parameters a
 

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