By Kevin Deutsch
State authorities temporarily shut down a Coral Springs BurgerFi earlier this month for sanitary violations, records show.
Inspectors with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation closed the restaurant at 2700 N. University Dr., Suite 2716, on Dec. 1, after finding “live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, food storage area and/or bar area,” state inspection records show.
The inspectors said they saw seven flying insects in the kitchen, including four that landed on a food preparation table next to some ground beef. They saw around 15 more flying insects in the restaurant’s dishwashing area, landing on clean and dirty utensils.
According to the records, they also spotted ten or so of the insects landing on bags and raw potatoes in the dry storage area.
Among the other sanitary issues, inspectors said a wall was “soiled with accumulated grease, food debris, and/or dust,” with a “mold-like substance buildup on wall at dishwashing area.”
The inspection was based on a complaint, the records show.
After the shutdown, BurgerFi was allowed to clean up. According to the records, when inspectors returned the following day, they found lesser violations, but none merited keeping the restaurant closed.
BurgerFi reopened Dec. 2.
The state conducts public foodservice and lodging establishment inspections to ensure compliance with Florida’s sanitation and safety laws.
According to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, each inspection report is a “snapshot” of conditions at the time of the inspection.
“On any given day, an establishment may have fewer or more violations than noted in their most recent inspection,” according to the agency. “An inspection conducted on any given day may not be representative of the overall, long-term conditions at the establishment. Because conditions can change rapidly, establishments are not graded or rated.”
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- 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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