Flies on beer taps, ‘rodent rub marks’ force three South Florida restaurants temporarily shut

South Florida Sun Sentinel

Mar 14, 2022 2:22 PM

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What were those flies doing around the beer taps at Riverside Market Plantation? Answer: Having a good buzz.

Nonetheless, the presence of flies at the bar forced state inspectors to temporarily shut down the craft-beer hangout last week. The state also briefly closed Pollos y Parrillas by Sr. Ceviche in Cooper City and Le Bon Gout in Lake Worth.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel highlights restaurant inspections in Broward and Palm Beach counties from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. We cull through hundreds of restaurant and bar inspections that happen weekly and spotlight places ordered shut for “high-priority violations,” like improper food temperatures or dead cockroaches.

Sun Sentinel readers can browse full Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade county reports on our state inspection map, updated weekly (usually Monday) with fresh data pulled from the Florida DBPR website.

Any restaurant that fails inspections must stay closed until it passes a follow-up state inspection. If you spotted a possible violation and wish to file a complaint, contact Florida DBPR here. (But don’t contact us: The Sun Sentinel doesn’t inspect restaurants.)

Pollos y Parrillas by Sr. Ceviche, Cooper City

Ordered shut: March 9, reopened March 10

Why: 25 violations (eight high priority), led by “two flies landing on unwashed limes,” flying around the prep stations and landing on to-go containers on the kitchen cook line. Inspectors also spotted a single live roach crawling “on the floor by the walk-in cooler door,” as well as seven dead roaches near the dishwasher in the back of the kitchen. The state also spotted one employee’s cup of tea – no lid or straw – sitting on a kitchen prep counter, “old food stuck to clean dishware and utensils” and a worker’s “cellphone stored on a serving plate” in the kitchen. The state didn’t observe a single violation during their follow-up inspection on March 10 and cleared the restaurant to reopen.

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Ordered shut: March 10, reopened March 11

Why: 16 violations (seven high priority), led by a single live fly flying around the kitchen, as well as two cockroaches found “crawling on floor by hot water heater” and next to a box of orange syrup in the storage room. Inspectors also found “rodent rub marks” and “gnawing marks” along the storage room’s wall and ceilings, “two rodent droppings on Mueller’s elbow noodle box” and more droppings on the floor beneath the cashier’s counter. There were likewise nine dead cockroaches stuck to a “glue board behind electrical pipe by hot water heater,” as well as two other glue traps at the cook line and in the storage room. The restaurant was also ordered to stop selling and trash its cooked turkey, cooked pork and black beans “due to temperature abuse.” Finally, an inspector spotted an employee’s backpack stored “on top of rice bag” in the storage room along with “personal beverage bottles” inside a cooler next to food meant to be served to the public. Two more issues were discovered during the inspectors’ second visit on March 11, but the restaurant was allowed to reopen.

Riverside Market Plantation, Plantation

Ordered shut: March 8, reopened the same day

Why: The state spotted five violations (one high priority), such as 28 live flies “at bar tap counter,” near the kitchen sink and on top of tables on the kitchen’s cook line. Inspectors also spotted “the floor areas covered with standing water” in the kitchen. The craft-beer bar reopened the same day with a single minor incident.

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