May 24, 2022

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Bradenton, FL area restaurant health inspections reported

Florida’s Division of Hotels and Restaurants routinely inspects restaurants, food trucks and other food service establishments for public health and cleanliness issues. The reports are public information.

During the most recent inspections in Manatee County, restaurants were cited for issues including moldy equipment, old food and lack of employee handwashing.

And there were pest problems at one Bradenton restaurant, where rodent droppings and a dead roach were found.

Here is what inspectors found:

IZUMI Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, 3611 First St. #110, Bradenton

  • An inspector observed three rodent droppings in a dry storage area used for non-service items. Corrective action was taken. A restaurant operator cleaned an sanitized the area.
  • An inspector observed a single dead roach behind a grill. Corrective action was taken. A restaurant operator cleaned and sanitized the area.
  • Unnecessary/unused items, including equipment, boxes, buckets and furniture were stored in a dry storage area in the restaurant.

  • A storage area was not maintained clean and organized.

  • No paper towels were not provided at an employee handwash sink. Corrective action was taken.
  • A cleaning pad was stored in an employee handwash sink. Corrective action was taken.
  • In-use tongs were stored on an oven door handle. Corrective action was taken.
  • An ice scoop handle was in contact with ice. Corrective action was taken.
  • The floor was soiled throughout the kitchen area.
  • A sponge was in use at a sushi station. Corrective action was taken. A restaurant operator discarded it.
  • One or more employee personal items were stored in a walk-in freezer. Corrective action was taken.
  • A cutting board had cut marks and was no longer cleanable.
  • Fish that was supposed to remain frozen in reduced-oxygen packing until use was no longer frozen. Corrective action was taken.
  • There was an accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of an ice machine and/or bin.
  • A follow-up inspection was required. The restaurant met inspection standards during a follow-up visit the next day.

Legacy Hotel at IMG Academy, 5450 Bollettieri Blvd., Bradenton

  • An inspector observed a food server working on a buffet line touch his mask and then fail to change gloves/wash hands. A restaurant operator educated the employee on proper handwashing procedure. Corrective action was taken.
  • An inspector observed a dishwasher handle dirty dishes and then begin working with clean dishes without first changing gloves/washing hands. A restaurant operator educated the employee on proper handwashing procedure. Corrective action was taken.
  • Cream cheese and butter were cold held at temperatures greater than 41 degrees. Corrective action was taken.
  • Sausage was hot held at a temperature less than 135 degrees on the buffet line. Corrective action was taken.
  • Open containers of whole milk and whole cream were not date-marked. Corrective action was taken.
  • A handwash sink was being used to dump beverages. Corrective action was taken.
  • Required training was outdated for two employees.
  • A soda gun at the bar was soiled.
  • Food was stored on a walk-in freezer floor. Corrective action was taken.
  • A buffet attendant was not wearing a hair restraint. Corrective action was taken.
  • A chef was drinking a beverage in a food preparation area. Corrective action was taken.
  • The restaurant met inspection standards.

Subway, 3517 53rd Ave. W., Bradenton

  • Sliced turkey, sliced ham and cold cuts were cold held at temperatures greater than 41 degrees. Corrective action was taken.
  • An inspector observed a mayonnaise squirt bottle placed in an employee handwash sink. Corrective action was taken.
  • A walk-in cooler’s floor was soiled, and the door jam of a walk-in freezer was soiled.
  • A cutting board used for slicing was soiled.
  • Walk-in and reach-in cooler gaskets were soiled.
  • An ice chute on a self-service fountain drink machine was soiled.
  • Food items were stored on the floor by a dry storage rack. Corrective action was taken.
  • An employee with facial hair who was working at the sandwich making station was not wearing a beard guard, according to an inspector.
  • A cutting board had cut marks and was no longer cleanable.
  • The restaurant met inspection standards.

Harry’s Grill, 9903 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria

  • An inspector observed an employee who was preparing food touch a cell phone and then fail to change gloves/wash hands. A restaurant operator educated the employee on proper handwashing procedure. Corrective action was taken.
  • An inspector observed 1.5 pounds of taco meat that was date-marked as more than a week old. A stop sale was issued due to the food’s age. Corrective action was taken.
  • A cutting board was soiled.
  • Single-service items were stored on the floor. Corrective action was taken.
  • A flat top grill in the main kitchen was soiled.
  • Food items were stored on the floor in two separate walk-in coolers. Corrective action was taken.
  • A chef was not wearing a hair restraint. Corrective action was taken.
  • An employee beverage was stored on a food preparation table. Corrective action was taken.
  • The restaurant met inspection standards.

Pollos Asados La Frontera, 1304 Eighth Ave. W., Palmetto

  • An inspector observed an approximately 1 gallon container of baked beans that was being cooled for cold holding. The beans had not been cooled from 135 degrees to 70 degrees within two hours. A stop sale was issued due to temperature abuse. Corrective action was taken. A restaurant operator discarded the beans and an inspector advised on proper cooling procedures.
  • Raw short ribs were stored over unwashed pineapples in a walk-in cooler. Corrective action was taken.
  • A slicer was soiled with food debris.
  • To-go containers were not stored correctly to prevent contamination. Corrective action was taken.
  • An open employee drink was stored with food to be served to customers. Corrective action was taken.
  • A drain under a three-compartment sink was soiled.
  • The ceiling was soiled above a reach-in freezer in the kitchen.
  • There was an accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of an ice machine in the of the kitchen.
  • The restaurant met inspection standards.

WingHouse Bar & Grill, 2015 60th Ave. E., Ellenton

  • An inspector observed an employee fail to wash hands before putting on gloves. The inspector advised the employee and a restaurant operator on proper handwashing procedure.
  • A bottle of cleaner was stored on a food preparation table. Corrective action was taken.
  • Multiple cutting boards were soiled with food debris.
  • Reach-in cooler shelves were pitted with rust.
  • Hood filters were soiled with grease.
  • No handwashing sign was posted at an employee handwash sink in a men’s restroom.
  • The interior of an oven was soiled.
  • A walk-in freezer floor was soiled with food debris.
  • Employee drinks were stored in a serving prep area. Corrective action was taken.
  • The restaurant met inspection standards.

Editor’s Note: According to the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation, these reports are a “snapshot” of the conditions present at the time of the inspection and are public record. The agency is required to inspect every licensed restaurant at least once per year, but new and “high-risk” establishments tend to be inspected more frequently.

When an emergency shutdown order is given by an inspector, it must first be reviewed and approved by agency supervisors. In order for a business to reopen, an inspector will continue visiting the establishment daily until compliance is met. Some citations may include a financial penalty. Inspectors may also respond to complaints, which can be filed here.

The Bradenton Herald’s weekly dirty dining reports list restaurants where inspectors found issues that might concern the average diner — such as unsafe food temperatures, employee handwashing issues or moldy drink machines — regardless of whether or not the businesses passed inspection.

Ryan Ballogg is a news reporter and features writer at the Bradenton Herald. Since joining the paper in 2018, he has received awards for features, art and environmental writing in the Florida Press Club’s Excellence in Journalism Competition. Ryan is a Florida native and graduated from University of South Florida St. Petersburg.
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