Health Inspectors Nail Three Broward Eateries This Week

As a food blog, we're supposed to be an appetizing read. But there's nothing appetizing about the three Broward eateries shut down over the past week by the Florida Department of Business and Regulation

Health Inspectors deemed the following three restaurants so unsafe for consumers that they needed to be shut down immediately. Some have since reopened after follow-up inspection, but we think it's important you know just who they are and what they did. 

And let me just say, what was found in one Fort Lauderdale restaurant was... well, shitty.

The offenders are:

Beach Café
4116 N. Ocean Drive, Fort Lauderdale

The official report says Beach Cafe was "closed on 8/30/2010 due to sewage leaks." Upon reading the detailed inspection prompting its closure, we found out just what that meant. This quote directly from the report says it all:

"Observed raw sewage in kitchen by diswasher and cook line. Fecal matter on ground/floor by cook line and dishwasher." 

Wow. But it doesn't stop there. It's clear Beach Cafe had more than a few problems. There are 19 critical and seven noncritical violations on the report. Other shocking violations include:

"Spider webs in rice. Mildew in chopped onions."
"Raw animal food stored over cooked food. Raw chicken stored over cooked pasta in walk-in cooler."
"Plumbing system in disrepair. Mop sink."
"Observed toxic item stored by food. Server line."

A follow-up inspection on 9/3/2010 reveals the restaurant's poop problem had not yet been corrected.

Brazaviva Churrascaria
14301 W. Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise

Brazaviva in Sunrise was closed on 9/2/2010 following rampant roach activity. According to the report, the inspector "observed roach activity as evidenced by live and dead roaches" in numerous locations around the restaurant, including the meat slicer, mixer, soda machine, storage cabinets, and reach-in coolers. They also found egg sacks in one storage room. 

In addition, the inspector found buildup of "slime" on soda machine gun holsters and in the ice machine.

The restaurant was reopened after a follow-up inspection on 9/3/2010.

Marty's Deli
399 N. University Drive, Tamarac

Closed for not displaying its current food service license properly. Shame, shame.


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