State orders 9 South Florida restaurants shut last week

Roach, rodent issues reported at several eateries

By Jeff Weinsier - Investigative Reporter

COOPER CITY, Fla. - State inspectors ordered nine kitchens shut last week due to violations that could make customers sick.

Roach issues were discovered at Classic Deli in Cooper City, Skybox Cafe in Fort Lauderdale, Taj Fine Indian Restaurant, Royal Fiesta in Deerfield Beach, Yum Yum Cafe in Miami Beach, Latin American Restaurant and La Licuadora in Miami.

Records show rodent issues were discovered at the Latin American Restaurant and Derry's in Pembroke Park.

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

All the places mention have been allowed to reopen following an ordered cleanup and re-inspection.

***Classic Deli

5602 S. Flamingo Road

Cooper City

Inspection based on complaint

Ordered shut June 12

24 violations found

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. 2 live in hall way going into the kitchen. 2 live in hand washing sink next to three compartment sink in kitchen area/ prep area. 4 live coming out from wall next to water heater in kitchen area. 5 live behind Atosa reach in cooler in the kitchen. 7 live walking on kitchen floor. More than 5 live behind fryer by cook line. More than 15 live in gasket of double door true reach in unit in cook line More than 5 live in gasket of single door true reach in unit in cook line. 1 live on floor in front counter 1 live in dining room area next to drink cooler. More than 5 live next to soda machine in waiter station. More than 10 live in baseboard behind flat top."

"Dead roaches on premises. 1 next to wall where hand washing sink located in kitchen area. More than 20 in water heater closet in kitchen area. More than 20 in kitchen floor cracks. More than 5 under prep tables in waiter station. 1 next to waffle maker."

"Cooked/heated potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food not cooled from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within six hours. See stop sale. Split pea soup at 52°F, per cook soup was prepared 6-10-17 and placed in reach in cooler cover."

"Cooked potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food not cooled from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within 6 hours. Split pea soup at 52°F, per cook soup was prepared 6-10-17 and placed in reach in cooler cover."

"Employee touching ready-to-eat food with their bare hands - food was not being heated as a sole ingredient to 145 degrees F or immediately added to other ingredients to be cooked/heated to the minimum required temperature to allow bare hand contact. Establishment has no approved Alternative Operating Procedure. Cook touched lettuce and tomato without gloves. Cook put on gloves."

***Skybox Cafe

100 W. Cypress Creek Road

Fort Lauderdale

Inspection based on complaint

Ordered shut June 14

18 violations found

"Roach excrement and/or droppings present. Observed a large amount of roach excrement around a electrical box on the wall opposite the 3 compartment sink. Observed roach excrement on wall under shelving in the ware washing area."

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed 2 on the wall behind a pipe opposite the hand sink in the ware washing area. 1 on the wall behind a pipe opposite the 3 compartment sink. 3 between a shelf and wall opposite the 3 compartment sink. 4 on the wall under a shelf opposite the bag-in-the box soda rack. 1 on the wall behind a convection oven on the cooks line. Approximately 10-15 behind cove molding tiles on the cooks line. 1 in a cabinet above a prep sink on the cooks line."

"Dead roaches on premises. 1 in the middle compartment of the 3 compartment sink. 6 on the floor around the mop sink. Approximately 20 under the bag-the-box soda rack . Approximately 15 behind a upright reach-in freezer in a storage area. 5 under shelving in the dry food storeroom. 4 behind the self-serve soda coolers in the dining room. Approximately 10 on the floor under a cooler at the front counter."

"Pesticide/insecticide labeled for household use only present in establishment. Observed a 1 gallon jug of household bug spray in a cabinet."

"Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cooked/heated yesterday/on a previous day not cooled from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within a total of 6 hours. Food has been cooling overnight. See stop sale. Observed cooked chicken prepared on 6/13/17 is still 47-48°F in a reach-in cooler."

"Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Improperly cooled chicken."

***Taj Fine Indian Cuisine

201 SE 15th Terrace

Deerfield Beach

Ordered shut June 13

26 violations found

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed approximately 3 live roaches by E series cooler, 6 live roaches by table near kitchen entry, 6 live roaches by rice cooker, 4 live roaches by plate storage, 4 live roaches on gaskets in E series cooler, 7 live roaches on gaskets at Walk-in cooler, 2 live roaches inside pigeon pea container by cook line, 1 live roach by 3 compartment sink, 2 live roaches at M3 Turbo Air Cooler, 1 live roach at non-working cooler by back door, and 2 live roaches by Turbo Air cooler at cook line."

"Dead roaches on premises. Observed approximately 3 dead roaches in E Series cooler, 2 dead roaches by walk-in cooler, 1 dead roach by rice cooker, 3 dead roaches in Walk-in cooler, 3 dead roaches by dishwasher, 1 dead roach by 3 compartment sink, 1 dead roach by hand wash sink near cookline, 9 dead roaches in dry storage room, and 1 dead roach in non-working cooler near back door. **Repeat Violation**"

"Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cooked/heated yesterday/on a previous day not cooled from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within a total of 6 hours. Food has been cooling overnight. See stop sale. Chicken 49-52° F and chicken 55-57° F both Cooling overnight at M3 Turbo Air cooler in prep area in large covered plastic containers. Food discarded."

"Employee touching ready-to-eat food with their bare hands - food was not being heated as a sole ingredient to 145 degrees F or immediately added to other ingredients to be cooked/heated to the minimum required temperature to allow bare hand contact. Establishment has no approved Alternative Operating Procedure. Cook Cutting bread with bare hands."

"Employee touched face/hair and then engaged in food preparation, handled clean equipment or utensils, or touched unwrapped single-service items without washing hands. Employee touched face and then touched cutting board without washing hands first."

"Wall soiled with accumulated black debris in dishwashing area."

"Wall soiled with accumulated grease, food debris, and/or dust. Cook line area, and by hand wash sink near cook line."

"Required employee training expired for all employees."

***Yum Yum 2000 Cafe Del Mar

710 Washington Ave.

Miami Beach

Inspection based on complaint

Ordered shut June 12

33 violations found

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Total of six live roaches observed. Two live roaches observed one by door frame at entrance of establishment the other under soda fountain. Another live roach observed by chest freezer in back of restaurant. Another roach observed by telephone behind kitchen and one more in storage in the back of the restaurant. Another roach was observed under coffee machine."

"Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above. In display case under menu board observed empanadas (122°°F - Hot Holding); empanada (127°°F - Hot Holding)."

"Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. In reach in cooler observed cream cheese (47°F - Cold Holding); ham (47°F - Cold Holding); raw chicken (47°F - Cold Holding)."

"Employee failed to wash hands before changing gloves and/or putting on gloves to work with food."

***Latin American Restaurant

1590 SW 22nd St.

Miami

Inspection based on complaint

Ordered shut June 14

44 violations found

"Rodent activity present as evidenced by 30 plus dry rodent droppings found in back prep area next to rice bags."

"Roach activity present as evidenced by 7 plus live roaches found inside oven in cook line  area."

"Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Black beans found in reach in cooler at 60° from previous day according to employee."

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

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

"Slicer blade guard soiled with old food debris."

"Raw animal foods not properly separated from one another based upon minimum required cooking temperature in reach-in cooler. Raw beef over raw fish."

"Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area. Extreme amounts of flies all around kitchen area."

"Cooked potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food not cooled from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within 6 hours. Black beans from previous day according to employee at 60°."

***La Licuadora

47 NE Second Ave.

Miami

Ordered shut June 15

27 violations found

"Raw animal foods not properly separated from one another based upon minimum required cooking temperature in reach-in freezer - all products not commercially packaged. Raw chicken stored over raw beef."

"Bathroom facility in disrepair. At time of inspection bathroom toilets are clogged. No restroom available for customers or employees. As per operator employees are using restroom across the street, if rains occurs employees have no access to no restroom."

"Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food. Raw beef stored over cut tomatoes inside reach in cooler."

"No cold running water at hand wash sink in kitchen."

***Creams & Dreams

Lakeside Town Shops

5810 S. University Drive

Davie

Ordered shut June 16

14 violations found

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. 1 live on floor in back room where three compartment sink and reach in coolers are located. 1 live between wall and reach in cooler. 1 live next to three compartment sink. 3 live in side cabinet next to reach in cooler in front counter were ice cream is prepared."

"Dead roaches on premises. More than 10 dead roaches in cabinet under prep sink in front counter. More than 10 dead next to three compartment sink next to roach trap. 3 dead roaches under hand washing sink next to three compartment sink."

"Wall soiled with accumulated grease, food debris, and/or dust. Under tables where ice cream is made."

***Derry's

4486 Hallandale Beach Blvd.

Pembroke Park

Ordered shut June 16

15 violations found

"Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. 3 hard dry rodent droppings under triple sink 6 hard dry dropping near walk way next to cook line 10-15 hard dry droppings under cook line 15 hard dry under hand sink upfront."

"Evidence of moth balls in front dining area."

"Dead roaches on premises. 2 dead roaches under hand sink up front."

***Royal Fiesta

1680 SE Third Court

Deerfield Beach

Ordered shut June 14

7 violations found

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed approximately 18 live roaches under spray sink in dishwashing area, 1 live roach in unused Alto sham by chef's office and 1 live roach behind warmer closest to side prep area."

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

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