Inspectors temporarily shut down Boca, Delray eateries for violations

10:11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 Local
(Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)

Two Boca Raton restaurants and one in Delray Beach were temporarily shut down last week after state inspectors cited them for numerous violations, including either roaches or other insects.

Long Island Bagel & Deli, Mozart Cafe and Lindburgers have re-opened after being cleared by Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation inspectors.

Long Island Bagel & Deli, 21667 State Road 7, Boca Raton, had 14 violations, including seven high-priority violations. Thursday, the restaurant was cited for more than 45 live, small flying insects in the kitchen, according to a DBPR report.

Yale David, the restaurant’s owner said Monday that everything has been fixed. The restaurant opened a few hours later than usual on Friday, he said.

High-priority violations are those which could contribute to directly to a food-borne illness or injury.

Other high-priority violations cited at Long Island Bagel included:

•An employee cracking a raw shell egg and then plating bacon without changing gloves.

•Cold food such as half and half, butter, corned beef, brisket, onion, ham, salmon, mushrooms and corned beef hash being held at greater than the required 41 degrees.

•Food not being cooled to 41 degrees before being mixed with other ingredients.

•Hot food held at less than 135 degrees.

•Cooked potatoes stored under raw shell eggs.

•A stop sale issued for foods held at improper temperatures.

Mozart Cafe, 7300 W. Camino Real, Boca Raton, was cited for 17 violations, including seven high-priority violations. On Jan. 22 an inspector found more than 60 live, small flying insects in the kitchen, food prep or storage areas. The report also noted more than 100 tiny dead bugs under the flour bags, and more than 20 live bugs on five bags of flour.

The inspector found three live roaches on a wall next to a shelf in front of a hand-washing sink.

On Jan. 23 the restaurant was cleared to re-open after no violations were found, a DBPR report states.

No one answered repeated phone calls to Mozart on Monday, and the voice mailbox was full.

Other high-priority violations at Mozart were:

•Cold food at the sushi station being held at greater than 41 degrees. This included crab, tuna, salmon, cream cheese and white fish.

•Food being held overnight without being cooled to 41 degrees in six hours.

•A stop sale issued for five 50-pound bags of flour that contained tiny bugs.

•A stop sale issued for 16 quarts of shashauka sauce, 20 quarters of mushroom soup, 25 quarts of Alfredo sauce, and the items at the sushi station.

Lindburgers, 14535 S. Military Trail was cited for six violations, including four high-priority violations, on Thursday. The inspector noted 10 live roaches in the kitchen. The restaurant shut down a few hours early and re-opened the next day.

Mark Meyers, Lindbergers’ owner, said Monday, “We have been open for 34 years. My father started the business. We know what we are doing. We are on top of everything.”

Meyers said the roaches stemmed from a hole in the wall between the restaurant and a vacant and untreated space next door.

“We have immediately fixed it. We probably have the cleanest kitchen in the state of Florida,” Meyers said.

Other high-priority violations at Lindburgers were:

•A baked potato being held at greater than 41 degrees

•Raw ground turkey stored on top of raw ground beef.

•A stop sale issued for the baked potato.