WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The state told more than a dozen local restaurants to pay up for repeat problems. The top offenders were surprised they made the list, and say they are making changes.
Local restaurants were fined more than $7000 this month. Fines are only issued when the state finds the same problem, that hasn’t been corrected after two inspections.
Cucina Dell’Arte (Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach)
Pasta, seafood, and Italian meat dishes are the specialty at Cucina Dell’Arte.
Kent Thurston, partner of Cucina Dell’ Arte said, “We take pride in our food and our work.”
The restaurant has a little extra work to do after inspectors found repeated food safety violations and fined the restaurant $880.
“They found some stuff that was legitimate. We had some temperatures that were not to par and it was upsetting, kind of eye opening,” said Thurston.
Thurston said they replaced one of its compressors to prevent the temperature issues and fixed an employee sink. An inspector found no hot water, no paper towels, and no soap. Thurston admits they slipped up, but are back in action.
“There were a couple things that got by us. All of that has been addressed. It was just kind of addressing the staff, getting back to basics, and reminding them, hey this is just as important as putting out a delicious meal,” said Thurston.
La Brasa Rotisserie and Grill (Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach)
Chicken is the specialty at La Brasa Rotisserie and Grill on Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach, but an inspector described the stove top as greasy. There also wasn't a certified manager on duty.
Management declined to talk on camera, but said there was a mailing issue with the certificate for the manager on duty and the stove was greasy because the inspector visited at the end of lunch. The repeat violations cost the restaurant $880.
Asian Fin (Donald Ross Road, Palm Beach Gardens)
Asian Fin on Donald Ross Road in Palm Beach Gardens paid the highest fine of the month, $1120.
“I just couldn’t believe it. I just didn’t have time to fight it. I have a daytime job. I have another business,” said owner, Abby Yuen.
An inspector said employees were touching food with their bare hands and there wasn't a certified manager on duty. Yuen said the inspector was new and the restaurant never had a problem with the previous inspector.
“Usually when they call my husband will come right back but it just so happens he was at the food show so we got caught and that’s why I paid it. I didn’t fight it,” said Yuen.
Yuen said the issues are fixed, and food safety will be a top priority while still focusing on its Asian dishes. She said it was just something so simple. It could be because of the employees or because it was just a bad day.
She also complained about some of the issues the restaurant was fined for.
“I would say to my customers, they have nothing to worry about. If they’re worried about using a straw that isn’t wrapped or there wasn’t paper towels next to the sink or for the employees. There was one, we probably have like ten sinks. I think that’s just crazy,” said Yuen.
Here is the list of the restaurants in our area recently fined. The state released the list in February.
|ASIAN FIN||4650 DONALD ROSS ROAD #106||PALM BEACH GARDENS||$1120|
|EL PATRON RESTAURANT*||1006 S US HIGHWAY 1||FORT PIERCE||$880|
|CUCINA DELL'ARTE||257 ROYAL POINCIANA WAY||PALM BEACH||$880|
|LABRASA ROITISSERIE & GRILL||5023 OKEECHOBEE BLVD||WEST PALM BEACH||$680|
|HUNGRY HOWIE'S PIZZA AND SUBS||2150 58 AVE||VERO BEACH||$440|
|MAIN KITCHEN||501 E CAMINO REAL||BOCA RATON||$400|
|CAROLYN'S KITCHEN INC||6101 WINSTON TRAILS BLVD||LAKE WORTH||$400|
|ORIGINAL PANCAKE HOUSE||105 S STATE ROUTE 7||ROYAL PALM BEACH||$400|
|BACKSTREETS NEIGHBORHOOD BAR AND GRILL||12771 W FOREST HILL BLVD||WELLINGTON||$400|
|PARK PLACE CAFE||621 NW 53 ST SUITE 130||BOCA RATON||$320|
|MAKEB'S BAGELS & DELI||4352 OKEECHOBEE BLVD||WEST PALM BEACH||$320|
|LONG JOHN SILVERS||3205 S US HIGHWAY 1||FORT PIERCE||$300|
|DOMINO'S PIZZA #5178||1672 S CONGRESS AVE||PALM SPRINGS||$280|
|DOMINO'S PIZZA #4926||971 SEBASTIAN BLVD||SEBASTIAN||$280|
|SONIC DRIVE-IN #6156||1780 US HIGHWAY 1||VERO BEACH||$280|
|SUZY'S TIKI||1130 INDIAN RIVER DRIVE||SEBASTIAN||$160|
|CULINARY CAPERS||737 22 ST||VERO BEACH||$160|
|*El Patron Restaurant is closed, but the owner said he will pay the fine.|