Hundreds of rodent droppings found at 2 Jacksonville-area restaurants

Hundreds of rodent droppings found at 2 Jacksonville-area restaurants

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Rodent droppings, holes in walls and temperature issues: In this week’s Original Restaurant Report, Action News Jax anchor Ben Becker tells us more about violations that inspectors found at local restaurants.

Becker paid a visit to the King Wok on State Road 13 near Race Track Road. He said inspectors found things there that he hasn’t seen in two years of doing the Original Restaurant Report.

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“That’s more rodent droppings than almost any place I have ever been to,” Becker said to an employee behind the counter.

State inspectors found 207 rodent droppings and said they were “too numerous to count.” Inspectors also found raw animal food stored over ready to eat food. The restaurant was temporarily closed.

“Is it clean now?” Becker asked the employee.

“Yes,” the employee said.

Kelly’s Place on Kings Road near Brady Street was cited for a Restaurant Report record of 490 rodent droppings. Inspectors also found a plumbing system in disrepair and at least 11 holes in the wall. The restaurant was closed temporarily.

Hungry Howie’s on University Boulevard near Barnes Road had 11 live roaches, six dead roaches and potentially hazardous food temperatures. It was also closed temporarily.

Our final stop, the Best Western Cecil Field Inn & Suites on Chaffee Point Boulevard near Interstate 10, was cited for a plumbing system in disrepair, an employee not knowing about sanitizing dishes and potentially hazardous food temperatures. The restaurant was closed temporarily.

All the restaurants mentioned have passed follow-up inspections.