Greenacres - "I come here everyday," Chesterfield Roper says outside of La Granja Restaurant on Lake Worth Road. "It's affordable, the food is good."
Before Roper walked in for lunch, we showed him the restaurant's recent state health inspection. Among the violations, flying insects in the food storage area, lizard droppings in the dry storage area, and 70 live roaches crawling throughout the kitchen.
"70? Wow!" Roper says.
The roaches were found in the restaurant's freezer, coolers, in the dishwashing area, on shelves, and in storage. When we walked in to get some answers, employees went behind closed doors. A few minutes later, they came out to tell us the problems were taken care of.
"I can guarantee you the place does not have roaches. We're open as you can see. There are clients coming in, everything's fine," one woman said.
In addition to the roaches and insects, inspectors also had questions about the fish used in the restaurant's ceviche. The report said the fish did not undergo proper parasite destruction, and must be fully cooked or thrown out.
NewsChannel 5 reached out to La Granja for a comment. A manager tells us that all the issues have been addressed and the restaurant reopened the next morning.
RODENTS AND ROACHES
La Cigale, A Taste of the Mediterranean, 253 SE 5 Ave in Delray Beach, was cited for numerous rodent droppings found underneath the bar counter. The restaurant also had 26 violations, the most this week.
Cornerstone Cafe, 1515 S Federal Hwy in Boca Raton, was cited for live flies in the kitchen. A manager says that a pest control company has been out to take care of the problem.
Shula Burger, 14917 Lyons Rd Ste 114 in Delray Beach, was cited for live flies in the kitchen.
Cowboys BBQ & Steak Company, LLC, 202 NE 7 Ave in Okeechobee, had a stop sale on batter for raw chicken that was held at the wrong temperature.
Wendy's, 502 NE Park St in Okeechobee, had a stop sale on raw burger patties. The general manager tells us they threw out the meat immediately and a refrigeration company came out to fix the problem.
Golden Bear Pancake House, 2625 S US 1 in Fort Pierce, had a stop sale on raw chicken and other meats held at the wrong temperature. A manager says they threw out anything over 40 degrees and called in a company to fix the cooler.
Wahoo's Riverhouse, 915 NW Flagler Ave in Stuart, had a stop sale on potatoes held at the wrong temperature. A manager says the issue was corrected the following day.
Venezia Pizza & Restaurant, 513 Northlake Blvd in North Palm Beach, had a stop sale on food due to temperature abuse. A manager says they had to throw out some pasta in the refrigerator and that a company has been out to fix the refrigerator.
New York Prime, 2350 Executive Drive in Boca Raton, had a stop sale on food due to the wrong temperature. A manager tells us that a fan in one of the coolers was broken and that it was fixed an hour later.
Skyview Cafe, 2424 N Federal Hwy Ste 153 in Boca Raton, had a stop sale on some food due to temperature abuse. A manager says the refrigerator lost freon causing the temperature to go up. It has since been fixed.
Everglades Club Dining Room, 356 Worth Ave in Palm Beach, had a stop sale on food not consumed/sold within 7 days after opening/preparation.
Little Italy, 3116 S Military Trail in West Palm Beach, had a stop sale on pizza. Inspectors could not determine when the pizza was removed from temperature control.