Roaches, rats, and waste water found at South Florida restaurant - Fox29 WFLX TV, West Palm Beach, FL-news & weather

Roaches, rats, and waste water found at South Florida restaurants closing the doors temporarily

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - "It's a blessing in disguise," said John Magnetta, owner of Boca's Best Pizza Bar.

Boca's Best Pizza Bar (119 W Palmetto Park Road) in Boca Raton is learning from its mistake after the restaurant was temporarily closed for roaches, rodents, and waste water.

"We eliminated the management that was in charge," Magnetta said.

The rodents were in a back storage room, and cleaned up.

A wastewater issue was fixed out back.

"It's an off property situation, but it butts up to our property. We immediately took care of it," Magnetta explained. "Brought in sand, rocks. Corrected everything that was there and moving forward I don't think there will be any problem with that."

The inspector also said he found roach feces on the manager's certificate, but the owner disputes that.

"It's dirt," Magnetta said. "I know I got a raw deal on the roaches."

Sbarro Pizza in Wellington Mall
In Wellington, Sbarro Pizza (10300 W Forest Hill Blvd #102) was closed for two days after an inspector found 19 live roaches.

"No 19 live," said Charlie, Sbarro manager.

There was also water draining on the floor under the sink, which led the restaurant to tighten a pipe.

They also had to clean up mold in the ice machine, which the manager said a company sanitized.

"Scrubbed everything down to the last corner," Charlie explained.

Taqueria El Mariachi
They were also scrubbing down the restaurant at Taqueria El Mariachi (4119 SE Salerno Road) in Stuart. A diner complained that he found a live roach in his food, and during an inspection live and dead roaches were also found.

The restaurant owner, Fabian Catalan, said he's working with his pest control and doing more cleaning every day to make sure they don't have a pest problem again.

The restaurant also had to throw away food because of an issue with a thermostat on a cooler. Catalan said someone accidentally moved the thermostat, and it was fixed.

China Town 99
More roaches in food, according to a diner at China Town 99 (12343 Hagen Ranch Road, Suite 701) in Boynton Beach. His food was delivered, and he spotted a roach in it. After he complained, an inspector stopped in and also found roaches and roach killer which you are not supposed to have in a restaurant.

"Were you guys spraying the roaches yourself?" Consumer Watchdog Jenn Strathman asked.

"We have the paperwork. We hired a pest control company," said Jay, restaurant worker.

"Were you doing some of your own spraying though?" Strathman questioned.

"No we never used that," Jay said.

The restaurant also had several food items that were not the right temperature.

It's not the first issue for China Town 99. They were fined $700 in March for repeat issues.

Original Pancake House in Boynton Beach
"Objectionable odor in establishment," is how an inspector described the smell inside the Original Pancake House (7720 W Boynton Beach Blvd) in Boynton Beach.

A diner complaint about the conditions inside the restaurant brought an inspector there.

The manager had no comment.

The inspector found waste water backing up through the floor drains onto the floor every time the dish wash and hand wash sinks are turned on.

Once again there was that familiar black / green mold-like substance in the ice machine.

Tastee Express hot dog stands
Water problems once again shut down Tastee Express hot dog stands that you often find at the Home Depot.

Tastee Express 9 (1500 SW 8th Street) in Boynton Beach was closed for water issues. Black water came out of the hand wash sink according to an inspector. There was also waste water from the hand wash sink running into a small open container, and there were temperature issues with some of the food.

When we visited, the hot dog griller had no idea if he had water which is a requirement.

"If you wanted to wash your hands right now how would you do it?" Strathman asked.

"Hmmm. I don't know," the griller responded.

"So you couldn't wash your hands right now if you wanted?" Strathman questioned.

"I could. I just don't know where," the griller said.

Tastee Express 8 (10058 Spanish Isles Blvd) in Boca Raton was still closed when we visited. It's the fifth time this year water issues closed the hot dog stand. The cart was fined $400 for not having water during an April 6th and 7th inspection.

Home Depot statement:
"We do not directly manage any food vendors, but to our knowledge this vendor has never operated at our stores without the correct licensing. These issues were corrected in a matter of hours and the suspension orders have been lifted."

Copyright 2015 WFLX FOX. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Powered by Frankly

1100 Banyan Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 Raycom Media. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.