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‘Miami Monkey’ Ocean Drive bad cited for multiple health violations



State restaurant inspectors who recently visited the South Beach bar that serves as backdrop for the reality TV show Miami Monkey found so many health violations that they scheduled a followup visit, Gossip Extra has learned.

The bar, also called Miami Monkey, is run by “Big” Ang Raiola, a niece of dead Genovese capo Salvatore “Sally Dogs” Lombardi and a former star on VH1's Mob Wives hit show.

The watering hole is also managed by Big Ang’s daughter Raquel.

The series airs at 10 p.m. Thursdays on VH1.

State health inspectors found 25 alleged violations, including five mandating an immediate fix.

A follow-up inspection has been scheduled to ensure that Big Ang’s people clean up the mess.

According to an inspection report, the Monkey was visited Sept. 27. It was the first inspection since the establishment, 1330 Ocean Dr., opened May 19 as the cameras rolled.

Among the violations: raw meat sitting on top of ready-to-eat food; mold in the ice machine; toxic substance stored near food; cutting boards so dirty they could no longer be cleaned properly; overly concentrated dishwashing detergent.

Big Ang’s publicist and officials at VH1 did not respond to requests for comment.

Drudge report

Drudge Report founder Matt Drudge quietly unloaded his Miami Beach homestead in October, just months after he bought 10 acres of land at the edge of the Everglades.

The conservative online newsman sold his home on Rivo Alto Terrace, Venetian Isles, for $1.57 million, according to buyer’s agent Josephina Delgado.

County records show Drudge, 47, bought the three-bedroom, 2,600-square-foot place in 2003 for $1.4 million.

Did he make a couple of bucks?

“He’s even-Steven,” Delgado said. “He put quite a bit of money into it over the years.”

Delgado said it came under contract the moment it hit the market in September.

The buyer is Shamrock Tidal, a Boston investment company.

Over the past two years, Drudge bought two adjacent properties in rural southwest Miami-Dade County for a total of $2.3 million.

He didn’t reply to a request for comment.

The rosie has landed

TV talker Rosie O’Donnell, who quit Star Island in June when she sold her property there for $12.6 million, has finally found her new Florida hideaway.

The gay rights activist, 51, just plunked down $5 million for a pied-a-terre on swanky Casey Key, near Sarasota.

How she got there was quite the story: She signed a contract to buy Olivia Newton-John’s house near Palm Beach but walked away when a contractor checking the house for repairs committed suicide on the property.

Her new digs are on a one-acre property at the tip of a tongue of land that juts out into the Gulf of Mexico. Stephen King’s a neighbor.


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