Orange Park, FL

Restaurant Inspection: Orange Park restaurant temporarily closed for ‘vermin activity’

Don Johnson

Manila Thai, 1540 Wells Road in Orange Park, was temporarily closed on Jan. 20 after state restaurant inspectors found “evidence of vermin activity.” The restaurant reopened the next day.

An email from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation gave this explanation for the temporary closure.

Manila Thai was inspected on Jan. 18, 2023 and evidence of vermin activity was observed near the rear door of the establishment, the email said.

“The vermin droppings were removed, the affected area was cleaned, and the violation was noted with ‘corrective action taken.’ However, the inspection disposition for January 18 was a warning with a follow-up inspection required. During the follow-up on January 20, additional evidence of vermin activity was observed, and an Emergency Order of Suspension of License was issued at approximately 11:41 a.m.,” the email said. The emergency order temporarily closes restaurant operations.

No vermin activity was observed at the next inspection on Jan. 21 and the Emergency Order was vacated at 9:31 a.m., the email said.

An inspection report on the DBPR website said the restaurant had 10 violations during the Jan. 18 inspection, including the high priority violation of rodent activity. Two rodent droppings were found near the back door. The person in charge cleaned and removed the droppings, the report said.

A follow-up inspection on Jan. 20 found approximately 40 rodent droppings under the dishmachine next to the cooler within the kitchen, the inspection report said.

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.

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Orange Park restaurant temporarily closed.Photo byJohnny Louis/Getty Images

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