Sewage, mold force chicken restaurant to close for day

3 Jacksonville restaurants temporarily shut down after health inspections

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Staff at three Jacksonville restaurants, including a popular chicken chain restaurant, had to work hard to get their businesses back open after inspections last week. 

Another chicken restaurant, however, passed inspection with a perfect score.

Here's what a check with health inspectors found:


When it comes to fried chicken and biscuits, Popeyes Louisiana Chicken is a favorite for some. But the chain restaurant's location on North Edgewood Avenue had to turn away hungry customers last week after a failed inspection and emergency closure.

VIEW INSPECTION REPORTS: Popeyes on North Edgewood Avenue

According to regulators' state records, sewage water was found backing up from the floor drain, mold was on the soda nozzles and cole slaw was stored at the wrong temperature.

An inspector returned the next day and found Popeyes had fixed the problems and was able to reopen.


Subway is where people "eat fresh," according to its website. But health inspectors weren't convinced when they visited the sub sandwich chain's location on Old Baymeadows Road last week.

According to state records, live flies were found in the food prep area, and seven live roaches and more than 30 dead roaches were spotted throughout the kitchen. An inspection report also shows no hot water or soap at the sink. 

VIEW INSPECTION REPORTS: Subway on Old Baymeadows Road

The owner declined an interview, but issued this statement:

As soon we were made aware, we immediately took steps to conduct a deep cleaning of the restaurant and discarded all open food."

After a re-inspection, the Subway location was approved to reopen the next day.

Oceanway Bar and Grille

Oceanway Bar and Grille on North Main Street was ordered to temporarily shut down again for rodent droppings, according to state records.

Its first closure was in October when records show it had 31 rodent droppings.

According to records, last week's inspection uncovered even more inside -- 37 droppings. Records show the restaurant opened a day later, but it still needs a follow-up inspection.

VIEW INSPECTION REPORTS: Oceanway Bar and Grille

The manager wasn't available when News4Jax visited this week. News4Jax also called and left a voicemail, but has not yet heard back.


There was reason to celebrate on the Southside at PDQ. The name stands for "People Dedicated to Quality," and that's exactly what health inspections found at the chicken restaurant on Gate Parkway.


It passed a recent inspection with a clean kitchen and a perfect score.