By Kevin Deutsch
Two popular Coral Springs restaurants were cited for state health violations last week, and one of them was ordered temporarily closed, records show.
Flying insects and mold were found during a June 20 inspection at Carrabba’s Italian Grill, 2501 N. University Dr., which passed a follow-up inspection and remains open, the state records show.
A second Coral Springs restaurant, Black Rock Bar & Grill, 2554 N. University Dr. was ordered temporarily closed by state investigators after a June 20 inspection uncovered issues including flying insects, lack of sanitary precautions, and food storage concerns, according to the records.
Records show the restaurant remained closed after a follow-up inspection but has since reopened.
Inspectors said they initially checked the steakhouse based on a complaint and wound up issuing 14 violations, records show.
Among the problems they uncovered:
“Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, food storage area, and/or bar area. Observed seven live flying insects on walls and tables in dining room areas. Observed two live flying insects landing on the ice machine in the bar. Observed approximately 20 live flying insects in the kitchen, landing on flour and sugar containers in the kitchen. The operator cleaned and sanitized containers. Observed two live flying insects landing on the in-use food preparation table on the cook line. Observed approximately 15 live flying insects landing on clean utensils and clean surfaces in the dishwashing area. Observed five live flying insects landing inside the mop sink. Observed six live flying insects landing on food preparation shelves in the prep station.”
A follow-up inspection of the restaurant on June 21 uncovered issues that included “approximately 30 live flying insects found throughout kitchen and dining room,” and “raw animal foods not properly separated from each other in holding unit based upon minimum required cooking temperature,” records show.
Another follow-up inspection, this one on June 22, found “no proof provided that food employees are informed of their responsibility to report to the person in charge information about their health and activities related to foodborne illnesses.”
Two more violations were issued to the restaurant that day, including one for having an “ill/symptomatic employee present,” records show.
Another follow-up inspection is required, records show.
In a Facebook comment, Black Rock Bar & Grill wrote:
“We pride ourselves on providing customers with a safe, sanitary dining experience and took these violations seriously. Upon receiving the report, we addressed the issues immediately. A contracted third party found that the common grease traps located in the shopping center had not been properly pumped by the previous tenants. After diagnosing the problem, the grease traps were pumped, and all affected areas have been cleaned and sanitized.”
At Carrabba’s, which is not connected to Black Rock Bar & Grill, seven violations were issued for problems that records said included:
“Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, food storage area, and/or bar area. Observed four live flying insects in dry storage landing on shelves.”
“Insect control device installed over food preparation area. -Observed bug zapper machine installed in food preparation area opposite bread machine.”
“Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine/bin. Observed accumulation of brown-like substance buildup inside ice machine.”
A follow-up inspection found the restaurant in compliance, records show.
- Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.
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