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Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: May 19 - 24

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Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants?

We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from May 19 to 24, 2014.

Each restaurant is shown in the slideshow above. The total number of violations the restaurant received is shown in the plate on the left side of the slide. Some details from the inspection report are listed below the slide. If you click on the graphic in the slideshow, it will take you to the original state inspection report.

The 8 restaurants with the highest number of violations for the week are listed below.


1) Eastern China Pearl, 3313 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, 53 total violations

State inspectors visited on May 23, 2014 and found rodent droppings on the main floor in the kitchen; some next to the sink, behind the fridge, and by bathroom door. Employees were also touching ready-to-eat food with their bare hands and raw food was stored over ready-to-eat food.

Inspectors also found sewage/wastewater backing up through floor drains at base of toilet on first floor.

The facility was temporarily closed and re-opened on follow-up inspection, in which 18 violations were found.

During a previous inspection on April 22, 2014, inspectors found 15 violations.


2) Country Club, 1 County Club Ln in Belleair, 47 total violations were found

State inspectors visited on May 20, 2014 and found food with mold-like growth, including partially used chili in container with no date mark that had mold-like substance growing on surface. Clarified butter was found at 75 degrees, staff unaware that it needed to be refrigerated. Also, raw food was stored over ready-to-eat food, including raw salmon over fruit pies in walk-in cooler and raw bacon on top shelf of speed rack in walk-in cooler.

Inspectors also found a toxic substance was stored by or with food.

During a previous inspection on January 13, 2014, 0 violations were found.


3) Loving Hut, 1905 E Fletcher Ave in Tampa, 44 total violations were found

State inspectors visited on May 19, 2014 and found live roaches by hand wash sink off of the cook line. Roach droppings were present by the dish machine, in wall area with missing trim, and in equipment storage room, and finally dead roaches were on premises.

Inspectors also say potentially hazardous cold food, including tofu and soy protein, was held at greater than 41 degrees.

In a follow up inspection on May 20, 2014, state inspectors found 31 violations.

During a previous inspection on Nov. 15m 2013, 0 violations were found.


4) Hiro’s Tokyo Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar, 5250 4 Street N in St. Petersburg, 40 total violations were found

State inspectors visited on May 22, 2014 and found live, small flying insects in food prep area, dish washing area, bar and kitchen. Roaches were also found; over 15 live small and large-sized roaches found behind bar in beverage cooler and sushi area, and a couple behind the cooler at the sushi line.

Toxic chemicals were also found improperly stored by inspectors and dish machine sanitizer was not at the proper minimum strength.

The facility temporarily closed and re-opened on May 23 during a follow up visit in which 6 violations were found.

During a previous inspection on April 30, 2014, a total of 27 violations were found.


5) Taj-Indian Cuisine, 2734 E Fowler Ave in Tampa, 38 total violations were found

State inspectors visited on May 20, 2014 and found many cold foods including, dairy products, yogurt sauce on buffet line, rice pudding, and tomato cucumber salad, were all held at greater than 41 degrees. They also found ready-to-eat food marked with a date that exceeds 7 days after opening, and egg stored with cracked or broken eggs.

Lastly, inspectors say employee was seen touching ready-to-eat food with their bare hands.

During a previous inspection on July 15, 2013, a total of 25 violations were found.


6) Steak N Shake, 12921 Sheldon Road in Tampa, 37 total violations were found

State inspectors visited on May 19, 2014 and found an accumulation of mold-like substance on milk dispensing equipment and a build-up of food debris and grease on food-contact surfaces.

They also found the bathroom facilities were not clean and the kitchen equipment was in poor repair. 

During a previous inspection on Jan. 30, 2014, a total of 17 violations were found.


7) The Pub, 20025 Gulf Blvd in Indian Shores, 35 total violations were found

State inspectors visited on May 21, 2014 and found live roaches. One live roach on the wall at back door, two live roaches in the closet near the back door, more than 20 live roaches in the dry storage room on boxes of sugar packets and soap near the walk in cooler, one live roach on the wall at the soup station in kitchen area, and one live roach near the dishwashing area.

Inspectors also found rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Six dry rodent droppings were in dry storage room on shelf inside and on top of containers, 10 dry rodent droppings on shelf in soup station area, 10 dry rodent droppings in corner floor area of liquor room. Finally, small flying insects were in the bar area.

The facility temporarily closed and re-opened during a follow up visit on May 22 in which 5 violations were found.

During a previous inspection on Feb. 17, 2014, a total of 2 violations were found. 


8) Chefs of Napoli, 1546 Highway 41 North in Inverness, 33 total violations were found

State inspectors visited on May 20, 2014 and found live flies in the kitchen. They also say lettuce was stored at greater than 41 degrees and employees failed to wash hands before putting gloves on to work.

Additionally, inspectors found nonfood-grade containers were used for food storage and there was no soap at the kitchen hand wash sink.

During a previous inspection on Dec. 18, 2013, 0 violations were found.


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Inspectors from Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation conducted the inspections. The department cited violations of Florida's sanitation and safety laws, which are based on the standards of U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Food Code.

While most establishments correct all violations in a timely manner (often during the inspection), the division's procedures are designed to compel compliance with all violations through follow-up visits, administration action or closure when necessary, according to the Florida DBPR website.

Related links:

File an online complaint against a restaurant: https://www.myfloridalicense.com/complaintwizard_cont.asp?SID=

Search for a restaurant's inspection report: https://www.myfloridalicense.com/wl11.asp?mode=0&SID=&brd=H

Learn more about health and safety regulations for Florida restaurants: http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/hr/index.html

Read 8 On Your Side Restaurant Ratings articles: http://www.wfla.com/category/280105/resturant-ratings

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