Rodents and rats munching their way through 3 restaurants
Boca Diner, Masa Hibachi, & China Queen closed
4:21 PM, Sep 5, 2013
9:20 AM, Sep 6, 2013
WEST PALM BEACH - State safety and sanitation inspectors found rodents and roaches running around South Florida restaurants. A diner, Chinese, and Japanese restaurant were shut down by state inspectors this week.
For 22 years, the Pelekanos family has been serving breakfast and dinner favorites at the Boca Diner.
"It's owned by Greeks, but it's an American menu," said regular customer John Gill.
He thinks the restaurant is clean, but a state inspector didn't like what she saw. The restaurant was shut down last week.
"I said to her what's 'wrong with you? You are wielding your power like a shield, and you are slitting the throat of the people who work here.' I said 'why are you doing this to us?" said co-owner Maria Pelekanos.
The inspector found 10 roaches near the ice cream freezer, cook line, and grill. Pelekanos said there were not that many.
"We found one dead," Maria explained.
State inspectors were just at the diner three weeks ago. At the time management blamed a new inspector for all these issues. For example, management said red lentil beans were mistaken for rodent droppings. They fell on the ground, rolled into a dark place, and got wet.
"Sometimes they spill down there. After you clean them. They sit for a few days. They become black and puffy," said co-owner John Pelekanos.
The Boca Diner said they've never had rodents, and many of the previous issues made it into the most recent report even if they were fixed.
"She was out to get us both times she came," said John.