Cockroaches, rodents and flying insects closed 6 Central Florida restaurants last week – Orlando Sentinel


Six Central Florida restaurants received emergency orders to close in the week of July 3-9, according to data from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Bento Cafe at 121 S. Orange Ave. Suite 130 in Orlando closed July 5.

Inspectors found nine violations, four of which were high priority.

These violations included flying insects, cockroach activity, and food stored at improper temperatures.

Officials revisited the restaurant on July 7.

They granted an extension of time for food kept at the wrong temperature and allowed the restaurant to reopen.

Cappadocia Mediterranean Turkish Cuisine at 565 N. Semoran Blvd. in Orlando closed on July 6.

Inspectors found 12 infractions, three of which were high priority.

These violations included using an expired license, cockroach activity, and using the wrong disinfectant in the dishwasher.

Officials revisited the restaurant on July 7.

They found seven infractions and granted a time extension for dishwasher sanitizer.

Inspectors said the restaurant met inspection standards.

Hotto Potto at 1700 N. Semoran Blvd. in Orlando closed on July 7.

Inspectors found 12 infractions, five of which were high priority.

These violations included cockroach activity, a sales ban issued on food, and an expired business license.

Officials made a second visit on July 8.

They issued a time extension over the cockroach issues but the restaurant remained closed.

Inspectors allowed the restaurant to reopen after a final inspection on July 9.

Popeyes 11612 at 1046 Cypress Pkwy. in Poinciana closed July 5.

Inspectors found nine violations, including one high-priority violation for cockroach activity.

From July 6 to 8, officials made daily visits to the restaurant and granted time extensions to exterminate the cockroaches.

Inspectors made a final visit on July 9 and allowed the restaurant to reopen after meeting expectations.

Mary’s Kountry Kitchen at 15945 CR 448 in Tavares closed on July 6.

Inspectors found 23 violations, five of which were high priority.

These violations included flying insects, improperly stored raw foods, rodent activity, and foods stored at improper temperatures.

Officials scheduled a second visit the same day, finding seven violations, none of which were high priority.

The restaurant was allowed to reopen.

Thai cuisine at 1729 N. Wickham Road in Melbourne closed on July 6.

Inspectors found 18 infractions, eight of which were high priority.

These violations included a pesticide-emitting band in the food preparation area, cockroach activity, rodent droppings, and food stored at improper temperatures.

Officials revisited the restaurant on July 7 and found ten violations.

None of these violations were a high priority, so inspectors allowed the restaurant to reopen.

Orange had the top spot for most warnings and other complaints in Central Florida with 33.

Volusia County had 30, Brevard had 18, Seminole had 10, Lake had five, and Osceola had nine. Warnings given with required follow-up inspections could result in the closure of a business if problems persist.

You can view recent restaurant inspections below for all of Central Florida for the past 30 days. Those with emergency orders were closed due to high-priority violations and only reopened after follow-up inspections approved those violations.

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