Live flies, backed up waste water shut down five South Florida restaurants

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Dead roaches, rodent droppings and live flies on food temporarily shut down five restaurants throughout South Florida last week.

Inspectors ordered Kabukai Restaurant in Wellington shut after finding 60 flies buzzing around the restaurant. Other restaurants that were temporarily closed include: Kousine Peruvian Asian in Boca Raton, Sapore di Marie in Hollywood, China Lee Restaurant in Miami and Boston Market in Hialeah.

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.)

Kousine Peruvian Asian, Boca Raton

Ordered shut: Dec. 6 and Dec. 7, reopened Dec. 7

Why: Five violations (three high priority) shut down this eatery after inspectors discovered live flies throughout the establishment. Inspectors found 25 live flies at the bar in the dining room, another 10 flies on the wall at the server station and five flies in a storage room off the kitchen. Raw fish was also stored improperly, hanging over cooked rice. When inspectors came back a day later, they kept the restaurant shut down after finding 10 live flies on unpeeled onions and 10 flies on the walls of the server station near the kitchen. The restaurant was also operating with an expired Division of Hotels and Restaurants license. After giving the restaurant a time extension, they were allowed to re-open Dec. 7.

Kabuki Restaurant, Wellington

Ordered shut: Dec. 7 and Dec. 8, reopened Dec. 8

Why: Inspectors found eight violations, five of them high priority. They discovered 60 small flies buzzing around the establishment, landing on walls, dirty plastic containers, and near the sushi bar. An employee handled raw beef and then tried to handle clean equipment without washing their hands. The issue was corrected on site. A black mold like substance covered the inside of the ice machine. Food was stored improperly, with raw chicken stored above raw beef in a walk in cooler. Inspectors came back a day later and found 11 flies in the restaurant. The restaurant was allowed to open the same day after inspectors found no other violations.

Sapore di Mare, Hollywood

Ordered shut: Dec. 7 and Dec. 8, reopened Dec. 9

Why: A total of 13 violations (four high priority) prompted inspectors to temporarily shut down this Broadwalk restaurant. They found 20 dead roaches throughout the establishment, along with six live roaches crawling around the kitchen floor and on the wall near the ice bin. Raw fish was stored over cooked octopus and other foods that were ready to eat. A follow-up inspection a day later still found numerous violations, with live roaches still present and hot water not available at the employee sink for them to wash their hands. Inspectors allowed the restaurant to open up a day later, with a follow up inspection required.

China Lee Restaurant, Miami

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Ordered shut: Dec. 9, reopened Dec. 10

Why: 31 violations (five high priority) temporarily closed this restaurant for a day after inspectors over 40 rodent droppings next to sugar and flour containers in the kitchen and in other places in the kitchen. Raw chicken was stored over raw shrimp in the cooler, and an inspector found a live roach in the hand sink in the kitchen. A dead roach was also found in the light shield in the kitchen. Other basic violations included: stored food not covered, a box of cabbage stored on the floor and floor areas covered with standing water. They were allowed to re-open a day later when inspectors found fewer violations.

Ordered shut: Dec. 7 and Dec. 9

Why: The state found three violations, one of which was high priority. A dirty floor and waste water backing up from the floor drain in front of the kitchen cooler prompted inspectors to shut down the restaurant. When inspectors came back two days later, they found that waste water was also coming back up from the drain in front of the oven area and the kitchen steam table. They ordered the restaurant to stay temporarily shut down when they came back to inspect it two days later.

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