Middleburg, FL

Restaurant inspections: Orange Park, Fleming Island, Middleburg restaurants cited for violations

Don Johnson

State inspectors returned to Dee’s Music Bar & Grill in Orange Park, on May 26-27 and found more rodent activity in various areas of the eatery.

Since Feb. 9, the state has conducted 10 inspections of the restaurant, 2141 Loch Rane Blvd. The restaurant was fined $400 by state inspectors in March, according to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, which conducts the inspections.

During the May 26 inspection, the restaurant was cited for 13 violations, including two high priority.

Inspectors found rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. In the back storage room, eight rodent droppings were observed behind the green oil reservoir tank by the corner of the wall. In the same storage room behind the carbon dioxide tanks and soda dispenser boxes, seven rodent droppings were observed along the wall. More rodent droppings were found in the May 27 inspection.

The restaurant met inspection standards during the most recent inspection on May 31, according to the department.

The restaurant has had an issue with rodent activity in past months. The $400 fine resulted from an administrative complaint issued against the restaurant and an emergency order of (temporary) closure that was issued on Feb. 9. (The emergency order of closure is temporary until the restaurant corrects the violations.)

The administrative complaint pertained to two vermin violations that were the cause of the emergency closure on Feb. 9, according to a department email.

During one of the inspections earlier this year, 99 rodent droppings were found in various areas of the restaurant.

In Middleburg, Siam Sushi and Thai, received 24 violations in a May 25 inspection, including six high priority violations.

Inspectors observed roach activity during the inspection. A live roach was found in the dish area and another live roach was found in the walk-in cooler near the door – both are high priority violations. Three dead roaches also were found in the dish area and one in the walk-in cooler near the door – both basic violations. The restaurant received warnings for the roach activity.

An inspector also observed an employee putting gloves on without washing their hands after handling personal items. The high priority violation was “immediately addressed,” the inspection report said.

Multiple cutting boards throughout the kitchen were observed with heavy food buildup, the inspection report said.

The restaurant, 1803 Blanding Blvd., also had a warning issued because the menu does not identify items that contain raw or undercooked foods, such as tuna tartar and ahi tuna.

A follow-up inspection on May 27 found that the restaurant met standards with no violations, according to the inspection report.

Sushiya, a sushi restaurant in Fleming Island, received 30 violations during an inspection on June 1, including 12 high priority violations.

The restaurant, 1615 County Road 220, corrected many of the violations during the inspection and was determined to have met inspection standards. Most of the violations (16) were “basic,” the least severe.

Some of the basic violations included:

  • In walk-in cooler, an inspector observed unwashed celery, broccoli and mushrooms stored over ready to eat food.
  • Multiple containers throughout kitchen and in walk-in cooler observed with no label.
  • Interior of two microwaves on cook line observed with excessive food debris.
  • Multiple gaskets with excessive food debris buildup. On the cook line, the bottom shelf of the grill observed with extreme grease buildup. Hood filters observed with extreme grease build up.
  • In reach-in cooler, an inspector observed two employee drinks stored over food. Operator removed drinks.
  • Multiple containers throughout kitchen and in walk-in cooler observed with no label.
  • In the reach-in cooler on the cook line, a cutting board was observed with excessive food debris. At the server station, the interior of the soup dispenser was observed with buildup. On the shelf behind the front counter, the interior of a small toaster oven was observed with heavy buildup. (all intermediate violations).

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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Restaurants in three Clay County towns cited for violations.(Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)

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