JACKSONVILLE, Fla – In the past two weeks, five restaurants in our area have been shut down. Most of them because of roaches but also because of sewage backups and not having water.
Shaugnessy's Sports Grill on US 1 in St Augustine is back open after an inspector found live and dead roaches in the kitchen last week. The report showed nearly a dozen live roaches in the bar area. He wrote they were crawling in the compressor area of a keg cooler. The owner called pest control while the inspector was there. The next day Shaugnessy's was cleared with zero high priority violations.
Also Road Dawgs on Ramona Boulevard was shut down for several days because there was no running water. The inspector wrote the wires weren't connected to the hand sink. Also that the operator became combative during the inspection and refused to let the inspector get food temperatures or to even allow the inspection to continue. Four days later the operator cooperated and Road Dawgs was allowed to open back up with zero violations.
Another closure was New China Restaurant on Normandy Boulevard. It was shut down for the night two weeks ago because of roaches. The bugs were found in a box with plastic wrap, behind the thermostat in the dry storage room, and nine were behind power outlets. The inspector noted the manager sprayed and killed the bugs. New China was allowed to open back up that same day but still needed a recheck. A week later the inspector came back and cleared New China with zero critical violations.
Bow Legz Bar B Que on University Boulevard had three high priority violations and one that forced a shutdown involved roaches. The most were found on the cabinet wheel in the kitchen. The inspector noted the operator killed and discarded all the bugs. Bow Legz still had to close for the night. The next day it was allowed to reopen with zero high priority violations.