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Unwanted pests and their droppings plagued three Broward County restaurants ordered shut by state inspectors last week.
Live roaches crawled on the walls at Sun Yi Café in Hallandale Beach, live “flying insects” landed on clean utensils at Palace Cuisine of India in Davie and rodent droppings littered the floor beneath a storage rack containing beer at Ankari 51 in Hollywood. (But no harm came to the beer itself.)
The South Florida Sun Sentinel highlights restaurant inspections in Broward and Palm Beach counties from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Here’s how it works: 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. On occasion we may highlight the weirder violations we notice, like this pizzeria that put a dead 80-pound iguana in its freezer.
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.)
The Palace Cuisine of India
11422 W. State Road 84, Davie
Ordered shut: June 9 (reopened the same day)
Why: 12 violations (two high-priority) including 64 rodent droppings underneath the kitchen sink, underneath the dishwashing machine, behind and between two refrigerators near the cook line, and in a passageway “next to containers with cooking oil.” Inspectors also spotted 10 “live flying insects landing on clean utensils and garbage container” next to the kitchen sink and found “objectionable odors” in the kitchen. (The restaurant also was previously ordered shut on April 7 for related rodent reasons.) It was allowed to reopen later that day when inspectors found only minor issues.
1050 Pembroke Road, Hallandale Beach
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Ordered shut: June 8 (reopened June 9)
Why: Inspectors spotted eight violations (three high-priority), including eight live roaches “crawling on wall above chest freezer in kitchen,” behind the kitchen’s storage shelves and inside an empty cardboard box. Sun Yi was allowed to reopen on June 9 when a follow-up inspection found only minor issues.
939 N. Federal Highway, Hollywood
Ordered shut: June 10 (reopened June 11)
Why: 12 violations (five high-priority), including 60 rodent droppings on the “lower shelf of a prep table,” underneath a storage rack, near a chest freezer, “in the storage area outside of an employee restroom” and underneath racks storing beer and soda. Inspectors also spotted several instances of improperly stored raw meat but didn’t order the restaurant to throw anything away. The Peruvian restaurant was allowed to reopen June 11 when inspectors found a handful of minor violations.