Yakko-San, a popular Japanese restaurant in North Miami Beach, was forced to close for two days last week after state health inspections revealed 25 to 35 live roaches in the kitchen and dead ones trapped to tape on a reach-in cooler. The restaurant, 3881 NE 163rd St., reopened Thursday after a satisfactory follow-up inspection.
Yakko-San’s managers first posted about the closure on the restaurant’s Facebook page Wednesday, citing “a gas line issue” that led to “the locating of some deceased critters.” A subsequent post on Thursday acknowledged the state health inspection, naming the inspector, and said the violations had been corrected:
“Never, in 15 years of operations, have we ever had issues as Inspector [Herbert] McArthur was able to identify during his visit. ... Frankly, we’re embarrassed by what the State Inspector says he found, but we are happy to report all of the issues have been corrected.”
Here are several other Miami-Dade restaurants ordered shut last week after failed inspections. All of them reopened after follow-up inspections. Notes included are from violations observed by inspectors. Find the latest restaurant health reports and reviews with the Miami.com Dining Adviser: dine.miami.com.
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▪ Juice & Java Express, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura Mall: “Approximately nine live roaches found inside kitchen cabinet. Dead roaches on premises.” Inspected Jan. 13. (Editor’s note: An earlier version of this post misidentified the restaurant as Juice & Java Cafe, which is also located in Aventura but is a separate entity from Juice & Java Express in the Aventura Mall. Juice & Java Cafe received a passing health inspection in September.)
▪ Caffe di Mauro, 1464 Washington Ave., Miami Beach: “Raw sewage on ground ... throughout the kitchen / lobby area.” Inspected Jan. 12.
▪ Sunshine Cafe, 8180 NW 36th St., Doral: “Four live roaches found ... approximately 10 dead roaches inside the reach-in freezer ... approximately 100-plus roach excrement and/or droppings present between reach-in cooler gasket [and] approximately 100-plus underneath sink.” Inspected Jan. 12.
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