• Restaurant Report: Ichiban Buffet in St. Augustine hit with 39 violations

    By: Ben Becker , Action News Jax

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    Your health and safety: It’s why Action News Jax goes out every week to get you answers in the Original Restaurant Report.

    As Action News Jax’s Ben Becker reports, a repeat offender has made the list of violators. 

    A local buffet has an all-you-can-eat menu with almost as many violations.

    We paid a visit to Ichiban Buffet in St. Augustine, where there have been eight follow-up visits by inspectors in the past two years 

    “We love to come once a week," one customer said.

    "Thirty-nine violations, repeat offender, so I’d like to talk to someone about it to see what’s being done,” Becker said.

    Inspectors cited the eatery for displayed food that wasn’t properly protected, food surfaces encrusted with grease, a mold-like substance in an ice machine and no soap provided at a hand wash sink.

    Among other violations: 

    At Cimarrone Golf Club in St. Johns, inspectors found six dead roaches, rodent droppings on a food storage shelf and grouper in plastic stored over biscuits.
     
    Moving to Clay County, Cracker Barrel in Orange Park was cited for having old food stuck to clean utensils, an employee touched soiled clothes then engaged in food prep and toxic substances were stored by food 

    And in Jacksonville at Al’s Pizza on Beach Boulevard, inspectors found potentially hazardous temperatures for chicken, beef and cheese, raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food and garbage on the ground around the dumpster.

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