Action 9 exposes Central Florida’s dirtiest restaurants

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A list of emergency closures is at the bottom of the post.

Just incase you missed this last night, I was told 5:30pm

As you can see it came on at 9:10pm

Action 9 exposes Central Florida’s dirtiest restaurants

Updated: Apr 28, 2016 – 9:10 PM

ORLANDO, Fla. —

Action 9 identified the top offenders during an investigation into restaurants that have repeatedly failed state food safety inspections.

This year, the list includes many well-known restaurants.

Todd Ulrich and a retired inspector, Paul Cook, went behind kitchen doors to find critical violations that could still put consumers’ health at risk

Photos: List of  top 20 dirty restaurants in Central Florida

At Buffet Village in Titusville, Action 9 found a glaring violation: uncovered shrimp thawing on the floor in stagnant water at a risky temperature.

“This could be a big problem?” asked Ulrich.

“Yeah, big one,” replied Cook.

Many flies were visible throughout the kitchen. The screen door was propped wide open.

Cook spotted a badly stained cooking board and said the refrigerator was a mess. Cook said the refrigerator was not cold and uncovered raw chicken was stored under a dirty fan.

“There’s a very good chance this could make someone ill,” said Cook.

A manager kicked the Action 9 news crew out of the kitchen.

“Are you the manager here?” asked Ulrich.

“Can we talk outside please?” a manager said.

“You’ve failed every routine inspection in the past two years,” said Ulrich.

“Yeah. This is under new ownership, sir,” said the manager.

The restaurant name and license is the same, but a new owner signed on two months ago. But since then, it flunked four inspections in just six weeks.

Cook said he was very concerned with the condition of the kitchen.

“On my scale, I would give that an F because of a lot of critical violations,” Cook said.

Action 9 reviewed 50,000 inspections in two years to identify top violators.

Some well-known restaurants are on the list, including a big favorite in Cocoa Village.

State records show Cafe Margaux failed seven inspections in just one year. The restaurant was cited for roaches, flies and no running water at a hand wash sink.

DOCUMENT: Response from Cafe Margaux

Also new on the list is Schumann’s Jäger Haus, in Orlando, a Steak and Shake in Kissimmee and Vietriver, in Titusville.

Inside Vietriver, Ulrich and Cook saw a plumbing leak wrapped in plastic, and a busted out-out window where the food is stored. Both are critical food safety violations.

“Insects, flies, anything can get into here,” said Cook, pointing to the broken window.

But Action 9’s inspection also found improving food temperatures and a cleaner kitchen.

“Are you changing things here?” asked Ulrich.

“Oh, definitely.  We learn from our mistakes,” replied the manager.

Cafe Margaux’s owner blamed his record on a disgruntled employee who complained to the state and triggered frequent inspections.

Schumann’s said major renovations have eliminated past kitchen problems.

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Photos: Action 9 investigates 2016 top 20 dirty restaurants in Central Florida

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Central Florida restaurant emergency closures since Jan. 1:

So far in 2016,

emergency closures have temporarily shut down dozens of restaurants over various health code violations.

From sewage leaks to cockroaches,

the restaurant shut downs took place to

“mitigate conditions that pose an elevate risk to the health, safety or welfare of the public, or the establishment’s employees,”

the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation said.

Once the conditions that triggered the emergency closure were addressed, the restaurants were allowed to reopen.

3:16/Silver Dollar Saloon, 7676 Rio Brande Blvd., Wildwood, order issued 4-14 for roach activity.

Tuscawilla Country Club, 1500 Winter Springs Blvd., Winter Springs, order issued 4-12 for roach activity.

Hop Bo Chinese, 4420 Curry Ford Road, Orlando, order issued 4-4 for roach activity.

Mr Gyro, 5920 Metropolis Way #105, Orlando, order issued on 4-7 for roach activity.

Burger King #1693, 6003 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, order issued on 4-8 for sewage leaks.

Knife, 12501 State Road 535, Orlando, order issued on 3-29 for roach activity.

Aki Sushi, 303 SE 17 St. #306, Ocala, order issued on 3-29 for roach activity.

Travelodge, 1850 W. Landcaster Road, Orlando, order issued on 3-21 for unlicensed activity.

Munchies Live BBQ, 3792 Old Winter Garden Road, Gotha, order issued 3-22 for unlicensed activity.

Oh Que Bueno Restaurant, 2642 N. Orange Blossom Trail, Kissimmee, order issued on 3-14 for roach activity.

Giovannis Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, 1915 Aloma Ave., Winter Park, order issued on 3-14 for roach activity.

Big Bowl, 2575 SW 42nd St. Ste 108, Ocala, order issued on 3-18 for roach activity.

Beeline Puerto Rico Café, 507 W Vine St., Kissimmee, order issued on 3-8 for roach activity.

Golden Corral #2570, 11713 E Colonial Dr., Orlando, order issued on 3-9 for roach activity.

Aki Sushi, 303 SE 17 St. #306, Ocala, order issued on 2-15 for roach activity.

Eggs Over Easy, 5855 SE 5 St. Unit #4-5, Ocala, order issued on 2-16 for roach activity.

Zhang Garden, 3035 SE Maricamp Road #109, Ocala, order issued on 3-9 for roach activity.

Golden Corral Restaurant, 5535 S Kirkman Road, Orlando, order issued on 2-29 for sewage leaks.

Milanos Pizza, 3464 Avalon Park East Blvd., Orlando, order issued on 3-2 for roach activity.

Vietriver, 1817 S Washington Ave., Titusville, order issued on 2-23 for rodent activity.

South Concession, 4835 W Eau Gallie, Melbourne, order issued on 2-26 for roach activity.

Italian House Restaurant Inc., 1400 S. Crystal Lake Dr., Orlando, order issued on 2-8 for roach activity.

Yamato Japanese Restaurant, 4714 SW College Road, Ocala, order issued on 2-9 for roach activity.

China Top, 728 NE 36 Ave., Ocala, order issued on 2-10 for roach activity.

Beef O Bradys, 14807 E Colonial Dr., Orlando, order issued on 2-16 for roach activity.

Zhang Garden, 3035 SE Maricamp Road #109, Ocala, order issued on 2-19 for roach activity.

Bounce and Play, 4881 SW 60th Ave., Ocala, order issued on 2-19 for unlicensed activity.

Smoked BBQ, 179 Howey Rd/State Road 10, Groveland, order issued on 3-19 for unlicensed activity.

Stone Cold Hoagies, 2421 Stone St., Melbourne, order issued on 1-25 for roach activity.

Rincon Montanero

, 168 S. Semoran Blvd., Orlando, order issued on 1-26 for rodent activity.

Shang Hai Chinese Restaurant, 2699 NE 35 St., Ocala, order issued on 1-26 for roach activity.

Amigos, 749 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando, order issued on 1-26 for roach activity.

Antojitos Catrachos, 5808A Lake Underhill Road., Orlando, order issued on 1-27 for roach activity.

El Crazy Pollo Latin Grill, 5756 Dahlia Dr., Orlando, order issued on 1-28 for sewage leaks.

Charlie and Jakes, 445 E Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne, order issued on 1-28 for rodent activity.

Aki Sushi, 303 SE 17 St. #306, Ocala, order issued on 1-29 for roach activity.

New China, 7649 W. Colonial Dr. #160, Orlando, order issued on 1-19 for roach activity.

Bapas Bistro, 4715 Helen Hauser Blvd., Titusville, order issued on 1-11 for roach activity. 1/11/2016

Villa Pizza, 3100 College Road, Ocala, order issued on 1-12 for rodent activity.

Charleys Grilled Subs, 3100 SW College Road Ste 202-1, Ocala, order issued on 1-12 for rodent activity.

Luiginos Restaurant, 120 International Pkwy. Ste 140, Heathrow, order issued on 1-12 for roach activity.

Office Bar, 6900 Silver Star Road 100, Orlando, order issued on 1-12 for roach activity.

1/12/2016

Graffiti Junktion, 900 E. Washington St., Orlando, order issued on 1-15 for rain contaminating food and food contact surfaces.

Schumanns Jager Haus, 25 W. Church St., Orlando, order issued on 1-5 for roach activity.

Nice N Easy Sports Bar, 101 N. Country Club Roa #125, Lake Mary, order issued on 1-6 for roach activity.

Note (from FDBPR):

An emergency closure is not a disciplinary action, but rather an action taken to mitigate conditions that pose an elevated risk to the health, safety or welfare of the public or the establishment’s employees. The licensee is closed until the conditions are corrected. Examples of conditions warranting immediate closure include: lack of approved utilities or hot water, sewage backups or overflows, fire damage, pest infestation or inadequate refrigeration.

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