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Roaches shut down 3 Miami-area restaurants while 19 others are cited

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You can look at this edition of the Roach Report from state inspections of Miami-Dade restaurants in two ways.

In only three places were enough roaches scurrying to be a major reason or the reason for immediate closing for the day. Inspectors found roaches bustling about at eight other establishments and little roach corpses at 11 others. For a summer fortnight, those aren’t grand numbers.

Of course, for those who regularly dine at those places, this Roach Report is at least one restaurant too large.

So let’s start with the three that got shut down for the day for being too buggy.

▪ Latin American Restaurant, 1590 Coral Way, Miami — Of the nine High Priority violations among the 46 total violations on June 14: “seven plus live roaches found inside oven in cookline area.” The inspector also noticed, “Extreme amounts of flies all around kitchen area.” Among the equipment that retained too much history was a “slicer blade guard soiled with old food debris.” And here’s why do some people insist on bottled water in restaurants: “Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance on/around soda dispensing nozzles” and “accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine.”

▪ Wong’s, 12420 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami — There were only two High Priority violations on June 8. But one was an overview of a roach recess: “approximately six live roaches on preparation (table) behind soy sauce box, six live roaches under preparation table, five in the reach in cooler gasket, two by hand washing sink, three on the oven door.” Wong’s didn’t pass muster on June 9, either, before somewhat getting it together on June 10..

▪ Yum Yum 2000 Cafe Del Mar, 710 Washington Ave. #1, Miami Beach — When the inspector spots roaches on the stroll upon entry, truly the Disney World part of your day has ended. “Two live roaches observed, one by door frame at entrance of establishment, the other under soda fountain. Another live roach observed by chest freezer in back of restaurant. Another roach observed by telephone behind kitchen and one more in storage in the back of the restaurant. Another roach was observed under coffee machine.” This was among seven High Priority violations and 33 total violations on June 12. Other disconcerting violations included, “Handwash sink not accessible for employee use due to items stored in the sink;” “Encrusted material on can opener blade. Cutting board(s) stained/soiled.” And that standby, “Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine.” Yum Yum failed its return inspections June 13 and 14 before passing June 15.

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Now to the “Administrative Complaint Recommended” restaurants, which are a step short of being shut down.

▪ Sake Thai & Sushi Bar, 650 NE Terrance Suites No. 102-104, Homestead — It wasn’t a pretty 34 total violations, eight High Priority. On the roach front, the inspector “observed two live roaches crawling on wall by dish machine near spray sink. Observed approximately three live roaches crawling on floor by water heating device near dish machine.” But there were 33 other violations and seven other High Priority violations, including the tummy threatening, “Nonexempt fish offered raw or undercooked has not undergone proper parasite destruction.” Also, “Employee began working with food, handling clean equipment or utensils, or touching unwrapped single-service items without first washing hands.” Although, to be fair, hand washing would’ve been of limited effectiveness because “hot water at handwash sink does not reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit” and “hot water at three-compartment sink does not reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit.” And, inside ice machine was the “accumulation of black/green mold-like substance.”

▪ Thai Rama Sushi, 61 Curtiss Parkway, Miami Springs — On June 12, the inspector saw “one live roach behind prep tables in kitchen areas, four in shelf under preparation table...” He/she also saw a whole squad of dead roaches: “four (on the) shelf under preparation table, four in the door frame by the dishwasher machine, one inside hand wash sink by the three-compartment sink.” At the next day’s call back inspection, four live roaches were spotted on the shelf under prep table and 10 dead roaches trapped in control devices under prep wood table.

Now, for the places where the inspector saw live roaches — a High Priority violation — but not enough to shut the doors.

▪ Banana Hut Cafe, 13740 SW 152nd St., Kendall — Two live roaches doing more a Spider-Man thing on the kitchen ceiling and about four in the kitchen hanging out on a reach-in freezer.

▪ Dixie Catering, 2620 30 W. Second Ave., Hialeah — One live roach in the rice container next to the sink across from the woman’s bathroom.

▪ Full Bloom, 11 Island Ave., Miami Beach — Three live roaches downstairs in a non working cooler.

▪ La Churrasqueria, 250 E. Palm Dr., Florida City — One live roach on the outside of a kitchen area reach-in freezer.

▪ Mikuna Peruvian Cuisine, 325 Alcazar Ave., Coral Gables — One live roach at the kitchen dishwashing machine.

▪ Sabor Playa Restaurant, 7315 Collins Ave., Miami Beach —One live roach on wall by the hand wash sink. Also, one dead roach on single service items near steam table, and another under the cook line.

▪ Ying Hao Chinese Restaurant, 862 E. 41st St., Hialeah — A live one inside an unused reach-in cooler. Employees threw out the cooler.

Now, to this month’s Dead Roaches Society.

▪ Bamboo Garden Chinese Restaurant, 1232 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach — Six dead roaches spotted under the hand washing sink by the tea maker.

▪ Bistro 103, 7707 NW 103rd St., Hialeah Gardens -- In the hallway leading to the employee break room and dry stock room, four dead roaches.

▪ Checkers, 8080 NW 7th Ave, Miami — One dead roach inside the dry storage in the back.

▪ El Gallegazo Restaurant, 7467 Coral Way, Miami — The one dead roach in the dry storage room pales as a problem next to the six High Priority violations and 45 total violations.

▪ Gol, 940 71st St., Miami Beach — About six roach bodies on the floor of a single service item storage closet.

▪ Latin Cafe on the Beach II, 7445-7447 Collins Ave., Miami Beach — Three dead roaches were found under the prep area

▪ Leo’s Pizza, 6720 SW 24th St., Miami — One dead roach on the floor next to prep table.

▪ Lost and Found Saloon, Inc., Restaurant, 185 NW 36th St., Miami — Lost in the cold and found dead: two inside a kitchen reach-in cooler and two in the reach-in cooler on the back side next to the produce cooler.

▪ New River Cafe, 19333 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach — Three dead roaches in an oven that isn’t used.

▪ Ranchito Mi Peru II, 2102 NW 22nd Ct., Miami — Four roaches died in the restroom.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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