Restaurant owners push inspector back after emergency shutdowns

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JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – Three restaurants have been temporarily closed for violating food safety standards. All since reopened, but two of these restaurant owners are pushing back.

The Tavern Brewery and Irish Pub in Lake City

Lake City’s Tavern Brewery and Irish Pub closed last Wednesday. It was hit with 27 violations.

The report shows that the inspector found 4 live cockroaches, 5 rodent droppings and several temperature control violations. The cockroaches and feces were found outside the restaurant, the report shows.

The owner argued that problems outside of the building shouldn’t justify a full closure of the store. He tells me he is filing a complaint with the state about unjustified closure and unfair treatment.

The tavern was allowed to reopen the day after the failed inspection.

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Seafood Express and more on Main Street in Jacksonville

Seafood Express and More on Main Street was closed after an inspector found 21 violations during a routine check last Tuesday.

The inspector found 51 cockroaches, about three quarters of which were already dead. The owner said he wasn’t surprised. He said he was already working with a pest control company because the store next door was under renovation.

The Express Restaurant was also charged with improper holding temperatures, dented canned food including a rusted can of marinara sauce, and improper holding temperatures.

The owner insists the can was rusted from the truck. It has since been thrown away. He too had complaints about the inspector, who said they “appeared to be new” and were not convinced of what they were doing.

Seafood Express and More passed a follow-up inspection two days later.

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PV Shack food truck

The food truck PV Shack in Jacksonville was closed for a day. During a routine inspection on September 9th, the inspector found a broken water pump.

A note on the inspector’s report says it worked after you gave him a “hard hit”. I spoke to the owner who told me they replaced the pump immediately. It was the only violation of the truck.

PV Shack Food Truck reopened the next day after a perfect inspection.

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News4Jax oversees restaurant inspections in District 5 each week with the Department of Hotels and Restaurants under the Department of Business and Professional Regulations.

District 5 includes Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Marion, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwannee, and Union Counties.

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You can find your favorite restaurants anywhere in the state and their recent inspections in. Looking for DBPR license portal. You can also lodge a complaint against a restaurant that may violate health and safety standards.

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