Florida Inspectors Close Six Restaurants Across Broward, Palm Beach Counties

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The government shutdown may have halted food inspection operations at the Food and Drug Administration, making us think twice about what we buy from grocery stores. But at least Florida restaurant inspectors are still walking the beat, making sure that your favorite eat-out spot isn't cutting corners (someone's gotta pick up the slack, right?).

From Pensacola to Key West, the Florida Department of Professional and Business Regulation conducts random inspections throughout the state and releases a list of locations each week that received emergency closures due to violations.

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Of course, inspections are business as usual for government, you know, making sure we're safe from unsanitary eating conditions and all. Most weeks, fewer than ten restaurants receive emergency closure orders. But every now and then, the state goes apeshit on the restaurant industry, and it just so happens that this week, inspectors closed 17 restaurants across the state, including 13 from Broward/Miami/Palm Beach counties.

Most often, it's little hole-in-the-wall spots that get the most closures, but not this time. Most violations were for rodent activity, but some were closed due to sewage leaks and unlicensed activity. By Friday, October 4, all of them were open upon reinspection, except for one that was closed for unlicensed activity.

Broward/Palm Beach counties

Red Lantern, 805 W. Sample Road, Pompano Beach; 54 violations, including dead roaches, lizard droppings, and raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food.

Crystal Restaurant, 7895 W. Sample Road., Coral Springs; 10 violations, including dead roaches, pesticides/insecticides labeled for household use only in the restaurant, and person in charge lacks knowledge of food-borne illnesses.

Saigon Deli, 1392 N. State Road 7, Margate; 12 violations, including dead roaches, roach activity, and person in charge lacks knowledge of food-borne illnesses.

Pepe's Hideaway, 1045 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 11 violations, including rodent droppings, live rodents, and "accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine."

Antojitos Emerelda, 7802 Wiles Road, Coral Springs; 9 violations, including roach activity, cold food held greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit, and employee not wearing hair restraint while preparing food.

Chez MLS Restaurant Inc., 3760 NE Third Ave., Pompano Beach; 38 violations, including dead roaches, employees using hand wash sink as dump sink, and washing hands with cold water.

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