By Ryan Yousefi
A Coral Springs Mediterranean restaurant was recently found in violation of numerous health and food safety code standards following a state inspection and now must undergo a follow-up inspection to continue serving guests.
Taverna Evia, located at 1933 North University Drive, was recently inspected by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation on March 14. The inspection revealed a total of 11 violations, including the presence of live and dead roaches on the premises.
During the inspection, an inspector noted that roach activity was present and observed one live roach on the floor in the bar area. The report shows the operator immediately removed the roach and sanitized the area.
According to the inspector, dead roaches were also found in various areas of the restaurant, including approximately 20 in an out-of-service small ice machine in the kitchen and three near the tall warming unit by the cook line.
The operator removed all roaches and sanitized the areas.
In addition to the roach infestation, the inspector found that the ceiling, ceiling tiles, and vents were soiled with accumulated food debris, grease, dust, or mold-like substance by the dining room storage area.
The inspector also found that ready-to-eat, time/temperature control for safety food prepared onsite and held for more than 24 hours were not properly date marked. One example provided in the report was portions of ox tail made that were made on the prior Monday were not dated or marked in the walk-in cooler.
The report also shows the inspector found that nonfood-grade bags were used in direct contact with food in the walk-in freezer, where raw crab legs were stored in nonfood-grade plastic to-go bags.
Raw animal food was also observed stored over/not properly separated from ready-to-eat food at the reach-in cooler by the cook line, including an instance where raw calamari was stored over cooked gyro meat.
Lastly, the inspector found that several hand wash sinks were not accessible for employee use at all times due to being blocked by various items, including a ladder, cleaning supplies, and a bucket.
As a result of the inspection, Taverna Evia is required to undergo a follow-up inspection. The restaurant must correct all violations and ensure that all employees are trained in proper food safety practices to avoid future violations.
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- Ryan Yousefi has lived in Coral Springs for over 30 years. He has worked as a writer for multiple outlets over the years, including the Miami New Times where he has covered sports and culture since 2013. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Business Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.
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