UPDATED Mai-Kai Was Temporarily Closed Due to Health Violations

Categories: Health Hazard

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Whether you're a fan of government regulation or not, there are some bureaucratic entities that come in handy from time to time -- parking services certainly is not one.

The Health Department, however, is one that helps keep us safe (most of the time).

Just last week, one of the longest-running -- and most entertaining -- eateries in Broward County was shut down for the day. Mai-Kai had to shutter its doors after being cited by the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation.

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UPDATED Thu., May 1, 2014 at 12:26 p.m.:

We are completely committed to our guest's safety and wellbeing.
Following the inspection on Thurs, April 24th we met and
surpassed each and every objective on the inspectors list.
Based on the follow up inspection on Friday, April 25th it was
found conditions were no longer a threat to public health and
safety and we reopened for business that evening.

We ARE open for business and please be rest assured that we
will continue to give our guests the same good service and
great experience that they deserve and have been use to for
the past 58 years.

Dave Levy

The Sun Sentinel reports that on April 24, the restaurant suspended operations for the day after an inspector cited several violations.

According to the inspector's report, critical violations included:

  • Food was not being held at proper temperatures, which resulted in a stop sale order.

  • Tags on mussels were not maintained for 90 days.

  • Non-exempt raw salmon for sushi rolls had not received proper parasite destruction.

  • Perishables, including ham, cheese, beef, ducks, seafood, and vegetables, were held at temperatures over 41 degrees.

  • Prime rib was thrown away due to improper cooling.

  • Raw beef was stored over ice cream.

  • Numerous insects were spotted, including a dozen roaches (with one in the ice crusher and one on a prep table) and small flying insects in the bar area.

  • Rodent fecal matter was spotted in storage areas.

  • The person in charge (or certified food manager) was not fully aware of health requirements and policy.

  • An employee did not wash hands before donning gloves to work with food.

  • Two coolers were not holding the correct temperature.

On April 25, the Mai-Kai remedied all of the citations to meet inspection standards. The department allowed the restaurant to reopen when conditions were found to be compliant with public health and safety regulations.

We have reached out to the Mai-Kai for comment. We will update as further information is received.

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3599 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL

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robert.n.nielsen topcommenter

man glad I only ate there once about 2 years ago. Def. not going back now or ever!! Roaches/rat shit. Ugggggghhhhhh

Chris Schaaff
Chris Schaaff

This place sucks a bag of baby dicks man, right Randy?

Remy Moreth
Remy Moreth

It's about time, that place seriously needs to be cleaned up. I love it there but they deserve this.

Chris Ball
Chris Ball

Kayly Marquez you still want to go!?

Carl King
Carl King

Mike Hughes Mike Klein Jeff Gutierrez Remy Moreth

Yolanda Jaramillo
Yolanda Jaramillo

Bad food but good drinks. It was so dark in there that I had to use my phone's flashlight to read the menu. I'm not surprised by this considering that my shoes got stuck to the sticky floors.

Colleen Marie
Colleen Marie

This place is great. I've been in the kitchen and it was spotless. People who complain its dark,etc have no idea what the place is. It is SUPPOSED to be dark. And it is far from dirty

Jonathan Whittaker
Jonathan Whittaker

Went there once, wouldn't go back if you paid me. The food was terrible, the prices were ridiculous, and the place was dark, dirty, and in need of a total remodel.


After seeing that bartender, I have a craving for milk

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