Serial restaurant offender shut down again

2 Jacksonville restaurants hit with emergency closures

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Health violations found at restaurants can raise major red flags. Some of the reasons why inspectors order emergency closures include flies, roaches and rodents.

News4Jax scanned through pages of inspections reports to find which spots made the chopping block in this week's Restaurant Report.

According to state regulators' records, two Jacksonville restaurants got the order to shut down temporarily.

Royal Buffet

Royal Buffet on Normandy Boulevard was served with an emergency closure last week.

According to state regulators' records, it had 28 violations, seven of which were critical. Inspectors reported that six roaches were spotted on the kitchen floors and a wall. Inspectors said a black mold-like substance was found inside the ice bin.


The kitchen was ordered to close until it met state standards. 

Royal Buffet reopened the next day after a perfect report.

The Courtyard Cafe

Next on the list was a serial offender in downtown Jacksonville.

The Courtyard Cafe on West Adams Street briefly shut down again.

State regulators' records show it was the restaurant's third emergency closures in less than a year.

When News4Jax first talked to manager Francisco Rojas in November, he said the baseboards around the kitchen were a big part of why the restaurant had roaches.

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The old baseboards are gone but, according to state regulators' records, not the problems.

Last week, inspectors said, a dead roach and several rodent droppings were spotted in the kitchen.

Rojas wasn't at the restaurant when News4Jax visited around lunchtime Wednesday.

News4Jax left a business card with a restaurant employee, but had not yet heard back from the owner as of Thursday.