By Ryan Yousefi
The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation ordered a Coral Springs restaurant to close its doors last week after an inspection discovered numerous food and health violations.
On July 25, 2023, Red Lobster, located at 2000 University Drive, was ordered to shut down temporarily after a health inspection based on a customer complaint revealed a concerning number of violations.
According to the inspector’s report, 11 violations were found during the inspection, including significant issues involving the presence of live, small flying insects.
The report shows that inspectors observed live flying insects in multiple areas of the restaurant, including the kitchen, food preparation area, food storage area, and bar.
Inspectors noted in the report the presence of approximately 20 insects around a trash can and ice bin in the bar area and around open liquor bottles, vita mix, and clean glasses for service.
Inspectors also discovered the presence of dead roaches in the main kitchen, storage room, and near exit door.
The inspection also resulted in a violation for floors that were not adequately cleaned when the least amount of food was exposed, potentially leading to a higher risk of contamination and foodborne illnesses.
Additional violations pertained to employees engaging in food preparation without wearing hair restraints, with the report specifically noting that an employee was observed without proper hair restraints in the preparation area.
Lastly, Red Lobster failed to provide proof of required state-approved employee training for some staff members.
As a result of these violations, inspectors took immediate action by ordering the temporary closure of the Red Lobster.
The restaurant will remain closed until all the issues are addressed and a follow-up inspection shows that the necessary improvements have been made to meet health and safety standards.
- 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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