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Restaurant Report visits Stan's Sandwiches, 3rd Street Diner and Lupita's Mexican Food

Reported by: Tera Barz
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Updated: 10/04/2013 12:10 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - This week the state received a complaint about Stan's Sandwiches on Phillips Highway in Jacksonville. The caller said the septic tank was overflowing and sewage was coming into the building behind the cash counter and that customers were exposed to all the sewage in the building. A state inspector immediately went to check it out. Here's what we found in an emergency state report filed that day.
A temporary closure of Stan's Sandwiches was ordered by the inspector who noted seeing sewage on the ground from a failed septic system.

Fluid from the septic area seeping into the side of the restaurant resulting in peeling baseboards.

A rug just inside the door of the restaurant was completely saturated with sewage water.

We tried calling the owner of Stan's Sandwiches, Romal Kassees, but didn't get any answer.

A state spokesperson sent us this statement about the restaurant. 

When the inspector returned to perform a call back inspection the next day, the inspector observed the operator in the process of removing all equipment including coolers, cooking equipment, chairs, tables and counter tops. additionally, all signage was removed and there was a sign announcing permanent closure. - Beth Frady, DBPR

Other restaurants at the top of the high priority list this week include:

At 3rd Street Diner in Jacksonville Beach there were nine high priority violations including half a dozen live roaches in the kitchen.

At Lupita's Mexican Food on University Boulevard in Jacksonville there were eight high priority violations including a warning for live roaches.

The following restaurants had zero violations and earn our Clean Plate Award:

Taco Bell #23720 - Blanding Blvd, Orange Park
State Farm Insurance Cafeteria - Baymeadows Way
Scrappys Mobile Kitchen - Beaver Street - Jacksonville
Subway - Main Street, Lake Butler
Big Dawgs Family Sports Restaurant - Blanding Blvd, Orange Park

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Click here if you would like to make a complaint about a restaurant with the state.

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