MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Five South Florida restaurants have been cited by the  Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation  for critical violations of state sanitation and safety laws.

According to the Sun-Sentinel, in some cases the owners were cited but in other cases the businesses were forced to suspend operations.

Two locations in Miami were cited and forced to temporarily close.

Sports Grill at the Club, at the Country Club of Miami was briefly closed on January 21 after an inspector noticed the business license had been expired for more than 60 days.  More than 20 dead roaches and 15 live roaches were found throughout the kitchen and storage area.  A live rat was also found in the corner of the kitchen.  Food was also stored on the floor, according to the paper. An employee was also seen not washing his hands before putting on gloves to work with food, along with other citations. On Jan. 22, the business was allowed to reopen after there were no signs of rodents or roaches.

Manager John Poorman told the Sun-Sentinel, “The report was not correct. He found one roach in the back of my storage room, where I only keep sodas and water. The next morning, the inspector went straight to that corner and I was reopened within 10 minutes. It was a dirt roach from the outside, it was not German roaches.”

According the paper, the employee’s cafeteria at the Intercontinental Hotel in Downtown Miami was closed on January 21 after an inspector saw commercially processed, ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food was open.  Sewage/waste water was backing up through floor drains and more than 15 live roaches were found underneath a dish machine, along with other citations.The business was allowed to reopen the next day, once an inspector did not see roaches after a pest control company came in.

In Delray Beach, Caffe Martier was closed down January 21 after an inspector saw drinking water placed next to a hand washing sink. According to the paper, an employee was also seen cracking raw eggs and then handling  ready-to eat food and/or clean utensils without washing his/her hands.  The inspector also reported to have found 19 fresh rodent droppings , including in the mop bucket, a kitchen hand-washing sink and under a dish machine, along with other citations. They were allowed to reopen the next day once conditions that posed a threat to public safety were gone, according to the paper.

Two restaurants were forced to close in Sunrise.

Jump Zone was closed on January 24 but later reopened. According to the paper,the business was operating without a license, there was no proof of required employee training and there no dish washing facilities were found, along with other citations.

Donde El Tio was also closed on January 25 after and inspector issued a stop sale on cooked beef tongue, beef, and pork which were not held at the proper temperature. Three employees were also seen handling ready-to-eat  food with their bare hands. According to the paper, there were live flies in the kitchen and birds in the dining area. Other citations were also listed in the report. The restaurant was still closed as of January 29, according to the paper.

According to the state, restaurants are temporarily shut down due to the nature of what the inspector  finds, not on the number of violations.

Source: Sun-Sentinel