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Dead roaches ‘inside box of gloves,’ flies on pizza dough trays: 3 South Florida restaurants shut

Phillip Valys, ֱ reporter.
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Tainted chicken, dead roaches inside a box of gloves, and flies landing on clean plates, pots and pans were among the violations that forced state inspectors to temporarily shut three South Florida restaurants last week.

The South Florida ֱ typically highlights restaurant inspections conducted by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation in Broward and Palm Beach counties. We cull through inspections that happen weekly and spotlight places ordered shut for “high-priority violations,” such as improper food temperatures or dead cockroaches.

Any restaurant that fails a state inspection must stay closed until it passes a follow-up. If you spotted a possible violation and wish to file a complaint, . (But please don’t contact us: The ֱ doesn’t inspect restaurants.)

La Piazzetta, Hallandale Beach

701 N. Federal Highway, Suite 112

Ordered shut: Jan. 29; reopened Jan. 30

Why: 15 violations (), including 96 live flies spotted “in bags containing wet and dirty towels across from ice machine and triple sink in storage area,” “landing on clean pots and pans on rack across from triple sink and ice machine,” “on wall behind dough mixer and dough trays next to kitchen,” “on pizza dough trays,” “on clean plates on rack in kitchen,” among other areas.

The inspection also red-flagged issues such as a “case of oil stored on floor in kitchen,” “accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine,” soiled ceiling vents and floor in kitchen. The state saw an employee washing “hands with no soap.”

The after inspectors discovered one basic violation.

Jojo’s Take-Out Restaurant, West Palm Beach

1700 45th St., Suite 1745

Ordered shut: Jan. 30, Jan. 31, Feb. 1 and Feb. 5; remains closed

Why: Six violations (), including 14 live cockroaches spotted crawling “on wall behind three-compartment sink,” “on slicer blade,” “in not-in-use oven,” “crawling on floor in dining room” and “on prep table under container by slicer.”

Meanwhile, the state spotted two dead roaches “on floor between wall and not-in-use walk-in freezer.” A slicer blade was found to be “soiled with food debris, mold-like substance or slime.”

The continued presence of live roaches forced the state to shut Jojo’s down again on , and , and the eatery remained closed as of Feb. 5 pending a follow-up inspection. The restaurant was previously ordered shut three times in August 2022 and once in February 2023.

Ney Caribbean Chicken & Seafood Restaurant, Boynton Beach

10114 S. Military Trail, Suite 102

Ordered shut: Jan. 29 and Jan. 30; reopened Jan. 31

Why: 11 violations (), including 23 live cockroaches found crawling in areas such as “on and behind 2×4 wooden boards on ground around kitchen walls,” “on extension cord directly above cook line flip-top in kitchen,” “under two-door glass reach-in beverage cooler at front counter not in kitchen,” “on plate in warewashing area behind kitchen” and “not-in-use steam table stored in warewashing area behind kitchen.”

The report also noted 14 dead roaches “on prep table on cook line in kitchen,” ”under cook line equipment,” “under triple sink in warewashing area behind kitchen” and “inside box of gloves stored on cook line,” among other spots, as well as 10 dead small flies “floating in steam table water in kitchen.”

The restaurant was ordered to stop selling and trash its cooked chicken “due to temperature abuse.” Additionally, the state caught one employee “eating food in kitchen area.”

The , but its yielded a single basic violation and it was allowed to reopen.

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