Inspectors found dozens of roaches at Jacksonville restaurant

Restaurant Report: 1/17/2020

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Your health and safety is the reason Action News Jax’s Ben Becker goes out every week to get you answers about the places where you love to eat.

He describes the violations state inspectors found at restaurants in the Jacksonville area.

In this week’s original Restaurant Report, Becker paid a visit to Piccadilly Cafeteria on South University Boulevard near Beach Boulevard.

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According to state inspectors, 29 live roaches, seven dead roaches and encrusted food debris on a mixer head were found at the restaurant.

It was temporarily closed.

Becker spoke to a manager who told him to contact the corporate office. He received a statement from corporate that said, "We took immediate action to correct the situation.”

Elsewhere, the Cuban Fire Grill on Cold Harbor Court near County Road 220 was cited for potentially hazardous food temperatures, raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food and no potable running water.

The restaurant was also temporarily closed.

Inspectors said Hook Fish and Chicken on Atlantic Boulevard near I-295 had raw animal foods not properly separated, a manager lacking certification and proof of employee training was not available.

At China King on State Road 200 and U.S. 17, inspectors cited for an employee washing hands without soap, a wiping cloth not stored in sanitizing solution and a plastic jug cut in half and reused as a scoop.

All the restaurants mentioned have passed follow-up inspections.