Bradenton, Florida area restaurant health inspection report

The Florida Hotel and Restaurant Division regularly inspects restaurants, food trucks and other catering establishments for public health and cleanliness issues. Reports are public information.

In the most recent inspections in Manatee County, restaurants were cited for issues such as moldy equipment, old food and lack of employee handwashing.

And there were pest problems at a restaurant in Bradenton, where rodent droppings and a dead roach were found.

Here’s what the inspectors found:

IZUMI Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, 3611 First St. # 110, Bradenton

  • An inspector observed three rodent droppings in a dry storage area used for non-service items. Corrective actions have been taken. A conservator cleaned and disinfected the area.
  • An inspector observed a single dead roach behind a grill. Corrective actions have been taken. A conservator cleaned and disinfected the area.
  • Unnecessary / unused items including equipment, boxes, buckets and furniture were stored in a dry storage area in the restaurant.

  • A storage area was not kept clean and organized.

  • No paper towels were provided at an employee hand washing sink. Corrective actions have been taken.
  • A cleaning pad was stored in an employee hand washing sink. Corrective actions have been taken.
  • The tongs used were stored on an oven door handle. Corrective actions have been taken.
  • A handful of an ice scoop was in contact with ice. Corrective actions have been taken.
  • The floors were dirty all over the kitchen.
  • A sponge was used at a sushi station. Corrective actions have been taken. A restaurateur threw it away.
  • One or more of the employees’ personal items were stored in a walk-in freezer. Corrective actions have been taken.
  • A cutting board had cut marks and was no longer cleanable.
  • Fish that was supposed to stay frozen in oxygen-reduced packaging until it was no longer frozen. Corrective actions have been taken.
  • There was a buildup of black / green mold-like substance inside an ice maker and / or bin.
  • A follow-up inspection was required. The restaurant met inspection standards during a follow-up visit the next day.

Legacy Hotel at IMG Academy, 5450 Bollettieri Blvd., Bradenton

  • An inspector observed a food server working on a buffet line touching his mask and then not changing gloves / washing his hands. A restaurateur informed the employee of the correct hand washing procedure. Corrective actions have been taken.
  • An inspector observed a dishwasher handling dirty dishes and then starting to work with clean dishes without first changing gloves or washing hands. A restaurateur briefed the employee on the correct hand washing procedure. Corrective actions have been taken.
  • Cream cheese and butter were kept cold at temperatures above 41 degrees. Corrective actions have been taken.
  • The sausage was kept hot at a temperature below 135 degrees on the buffet line. Corrective actions have been taken.
  • The open containers of whole milk and whole cream were not dated. Corrective actions have been taken.
  • A hand washing sink was used to empty the drinks. Corrective actions have been taken.
  • The required training was obsolete for two employees.
  • A soda gun at the bar was soiled.
  • The food was stored on a walk-in freezer floor. Corrective actions have been taken.
  • A buffet attendant was not wearing a hair retainer. Corrective actions have been taken.
  • A chef was drinking a drink in a food preparation area. Corrective actions have been taken.
  • The restaurant met inspection standards.

Metro, 3517 53rd avenue West, Bradenton

  • Sliced ​​turkey, sliced ​​ham, and cold cuts have been kept cold at temperatures above 41 degrees. Corrective actions have been taken.
  • An inspector observed a mayonnaise spray bottle placed in an employee hand washing sink. Corrective actions have been taken.
  • The floor of a cold room was soiled and the door jam of a room freezer was dirty.
  • A cutting board used for slicing was dirty.
  • The gaskets on the walk-in and handy coolers were soiled.
  • An ice cube chute on a self-service beverage dispenser was clogged.
  • Food was stored on the floor by a dry storage rack. Corrective actions have been taken.
  • An employee with facial hair who worked at the sandwich-making station was not wearing a beard guard, according to an inspector.
  • A cutting board had cut marks and was no longer cleanable.
  • The restaurant met inspection standards.

Harry’s Grill, 9903 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria

  • An inspector observed an employee who was preparing food touching a cell phone and then not changing gloves / washing his hands. A restaurateur briefed the employee on the correct hand washing procedure. Corrective actions have been taken.
  • An inspector observed 1.5 pounds of taco meat that was over a week old. A stop sale was issued due to the age of the food. Corrective actions have been taken.
  • A cutting board was dirty.
  • Single-service items were stored on the floor. Corrective actions have been taken.
  • A flat grill in the main kitchen was dirty.
  • Food was stored on the floor in two separate cold rooms. Corrective actions have been taken.
  • One chef was not wearing a hair retainer. Corrective actions have been taken.
  • An employee drink was stored on a food preparation table. Corrective actions have been taken.
  • The restaurant met inspection standards.

Pollos Asados ​​La Frontera, 1304 Eighth Ave. W., Palmetto

  • An inspector observed a container of about 1 gallon of baked beans that was being chilled to be kept cold. The beans had not been cooled from 135 degrees to 70 degrees in two hours. A stop sale was issued due to temperature abuse. Corrective actions have been taken. A restaurateur threw out the beans and an inspector advised the proper chilling procedures.
  • The raw ribs were stored on unwashed pineapples in a cold room. Corrective actions have been taken.
  • A slicer was littered with food debris.
  • Take-out containers were not stored properly to avoid contamination. Corrective actions have been taken.
  • An open employee drink was stored with food to be served to customers. Corrective actions have been taken.
  • A drain under a three-compartment sink was dirty.
  • The ceiling was stained over a handy freezer in the kitchen.
  • There was a buildup of black / green mold-like substance inside an ice maker in the kitchen.
  • The restaurant met inspection standards.

WingHouse Bar & Grill, 2015 60th Ave. E., Ellenton

  • An inspector observed that an employee did not wash his hands before putting on gloves. The inspector advised the employee and a restaurant operator on the proper hand washing procedure.
  • A bottle of cleaner was stored on a food prep table. Corrective actions have been taken.
  • Several cutting boards were soiled with food debris.
  • The shelves of coolers within easy reach were pitted with rust.
  • The hood filters were soiled with grease.
  • No handwashing signs were posted at an employee handwashing sink in the men’s washroom.
  • The inside of an oven was dirty.
  • The floor of a walk-in freezer was soiled with food debris.
  • Employees’ drinks were stored in a service preparation area. Corrective actions have been taken.
  • The restaurant met inspection standards.

Editor’s Note: According to the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation, these reports are a “snapshot” of conditions present at the time of inspection and are common knowledge. The agency is required to inspect every licensed restaurant at least once a year, but new and “high risk” establishments tend to be inspected more frequently.

When an emergency stop order is given by an inspector, it must first be reviewed and approved by agency supervisors. In order for a business to reopen, an inspector will continue to visit the facility on a daily basis until compliance is met. Some quotes may include a financial penalty. Inspectors can also respond to complaints, which can be filed here.

The Bradenton Herald’s weekly Dirty Meal Reports list restaurants where inspectors have discovered issues that may be relevant to the average restaurant, such as unsafe food temperatures, issues with employee handwashing, or moldy beverage machines, which companies have passed the inspection or not.

Ryan Ballogg is a reporter and editor at the Bradenton Herald. Since joining the newspaper in 2018, he has received awards for feature films, art, and environmental writing in the Florida Press Club’s Excellence in Journalism Competition. Ryan is originally from Florida and graduated from the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg.
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