An Orange Park restaurant topped the list of eateries with the most violations in inspection reports completed between April 1-15.
Akaya Grill & Sushi, 1075 Oakleaf Plantation Parkway, received 19 overall violations in an April 15 inspection with five of them “high priority,” the most severe violation.
Inspectors found that an employee entered the sushi prep area, put on gloves and began prepping items without washing their hands. The manager had the employee wash their hands and change gloves, according to the state’s inspection report website.
The inspection report also said an employee touched their face and didn't wash their hands and change gloves before handling food. The manager had the employee wash their hands and change gloves.
The inspection report said three flies were observed in the kitchen, which is a high priority violation.
Dee’s Music Bar & Grill, 2141 Loch Rane Blvd in Orange Park, was fined $400 by state inspectors in March, according to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, which conducts the inspections.
The department said this about the fine:
“The $400 fine was the outcome of an administrative complaint issued against the establishment as a result of an emergency order of (temporary) closure that was issued to the establishment on Feb. 9, 2022. (The emergency order of closure is temporary until the restaurant corrects the violations, according to the department.)
The administrative complaint pertained to two vermin violations that were the cause of the emergency closure on Feb. 9:
Observed dead roaches on premises. Observed two dead roaches behind a liquor storage room.
Observed rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Observed approximately 99 rodent droppings found in various areas of the restaurant.”
The state has conducted six inspections of the restaurant since Feb. 9. Thirteen violations were found on Feb. 9, eight on March 3, six on April 12 and one on April 13. There were follow-up inspections on Feb. 10 and March 10 and the restaurant met standards with no violations observed, according to the state’s inspection website.
In the March 3 inspection, the restaurant was cited for a high priority violation for live, small flying insects. About three live flying insects were found under the hand wash station by the dish machine. One live flying insect was found at the bar area around the drain.
In the April 12-13 inspections, an inspector also cited the restaurant for the presence of live, flying insects. Only one high priority violation was found in the April 13 inspection.
In Green Cove Springs, The Sheik Sandwiches and Subs, 422 S Orange Ave., ranked second in the number of violations in inspections between April 1-15. The restaurant was cited for 17 violations. Four high priority violations were found in the April 8 inspection.
The restaurant was cited twice for time/temperature controls for food safety.
The report said french fries were observed sitting on the shelf by fryers on the cook line. The manager said the fries had been there for less than an hour, but the fries were moved to the walk-in freezer. Other cold items – sliced cheese, sliced ham, sliced beef – were found to be above 41 degrees. Manager placed all items in the walk-in freezer.
The restaurant also was cited for a “basic” violation for having an in-use ice scoop stored on a soiled pan on the ice machine. The manager replaced it with a clean pan.
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation says that each inspection report is a "snapshot" of conditions present at the time of the inspection. On any given day, an establishment may have fewer or more violations than noted in their most recent inspection. Inspections conducted on any given day may not be representative of the overall, long-term conditions at the establishment, according to the department. Because conditions can change rapidly, establishments are not graded or rated.
To read state restaurant inspection reports on your favorite place to eat, click here. Jacksonville.com also provides a database on state inspection reports of area restaurants. To access the database, click here.
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