5 South Florida restaurants issued stop sales due to potentially hazardous food

WEST PALM BEACH - Five restaurants in our area were issued stop sales on food due to potentially hazardous time/temperature issues. We placed calls to each of these restaurants to give them an opportunity to respond. Those restaurants are as follows:

La Eskina Latina (601 Royal Palm Beach Blvd., Royal Palm Beach)

The owner said the inspector found only minor issues and he has taken care of all of them since. He replaced the fridge and now everything is on the up and up.

Negril Restaurant & Lounge (5335 N. Military Trail #26&27, West Palm Beach)

The owner said all of the things have been fixed. He said the fridge was repaired the same day and the inspector came back the next day and everything was clear.

Rex’s Coffee and Restaurant (209 SE Ave., Delray Beach)

Rex's was shut down by the state last week due to roaches. The owner said that everything is taken care of. He hired a pest control company, who came by for two treatments, to spray for the roaches. He said he has been cleaning every day and fired the manager and everything is now clear.

Top Taste Restaurant Inc. (10233 Okeechobee Blvd. B-11, Royal Palm Beach)

Management said there were no major issues and whatever the inspector asked to be corrected was corrected. The inspector came back the next day and said everything was good.

Lilo’s (814 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach)

The owner of the restaurant says there was a refrigeration problem that was repaired immediately.  He said there are no issues with sanitation. 

Pizza Barn (5030 Seminole Pratt Whitney Road, Loxahatchee)

After our story posted, the restaurant returned our call for comment. Management said it did not receive a stop sale, and the notation on its inspection report was in reference to a discussion on how long to hold pizza slices. The restaurant says the inspector wrote "see stop sale" in the public report so they would look at literature regarding stop sales.

The Division of Hotels & Restaurants said the stop sale was inadvertently omitted at the end of the inspection, despite the violation being a stop sale. A discussion was also held about the issue and the state says the restaurant was told not to continue selling the pizza. The state has also talked to the inspector and supervisor so they are informed of the proper procedure of issuing a formal stop sale notice when they find a violation as noted in the inspection.

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