More than a dozen restaurants fined by the state for repeat violations

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.

RESTAURANT ADDRESS CITY FINE
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.  

 

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