State inspectors shut down four area restaurants: Mexican, Caribbean, Korean, & Diner food
6:34 PM, Aug 8, 2013
4:14 PM, Aug 9, 2013
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Korean, Caribbean, Mexican & diner food sounds so tasty, some customers didn't want to know what state inspectors found inside.
"What you don't know don't hurt you," said Charlie, a Deli Inn customer.
Customers may not care, but the restaurant workers do.
Deli Innemergency closure At the Deli Inn (1494 S. Military Trail), near Military Trail and Forest Hill in West Palm Beach, inspectors found more than 100 rodent droppings. Most were near the dishwashing area. Click here to read the full report .
The manager walked away from our camera shouting, "Not that I know of. Absolutely not. I don't want to talk to nobody."
State inspectors closed the restaurant for a day so workers could clean up the rodent mess.
"You guys can just go. I don't want to hear it. Sorry. Sorry. Just go," the Deli Inn manager yelled.
Islands Roti Delight emergency closure A few doors down at Islands Roti Delight (1480 S. Military Trail #A) in West Palm Beach, state inspectors found roaches and rodents. Click here to read the full report .
There were eight dried rodent droppings on the kitchen floor by the cook line, two fresh rodent droppings under the hand washing sink in the kitchen, one dry dropping by the small oven, between 50 and 60 on the floor by the meat cutter, and around 100 on shelves and on top of food lids by the meat cutter.
The owners said the droppings fell in these places when the inspector hit the ceiling with a wooden pole. She said she previously heard something in the ceiling, and asked the landlord to fix it.
The landlord hired a pest removal company after the closure, and 4 rats were found in the ceiling. Bushes were also trimmed nearby, and a wire guard was attached to the gutter to keep the rats out.
"Ouch no more ice water with lemon for me," Suzie Arterburn said.
State inspectors warned the restaurant twice for moderate accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine.
The business was allowed to reopen after it fixed the roach problem. Droppings, 9 dead roaches were found, and 10 live roaches.
"They came and fogged everything. The whole restaurant," worker Sonia said.
Seoul Garden emergency closure At Seoul Garden on Highway 1 in Fort Pierce, inspectors found "accumulation of dead or trapped birds, insects, rodents, or other pests in control devices." Click here to read the full report .
A spokeswoman for the owner, Mrs. Yun, said that the control device was located by delivery area. The owner said she did not know it was there because it was put there by the pest control company, and they don't use the delivery door.
"It was boarded over 20 years ago by the landlord," Mrs. Yun's spokeswoman said.
While inspectors wrote "dead or trapped birds", the owner said inspectors could not identify the pest and there were not dead birds.
Full statement from Seoul Garden: You were particularly concerned about the violation code 35A-06-04: Accumulation of dead of trapped birds, insects, rodents, or other pests, in control devices. Multiple roach control devices throughout kitchen and storage areas with dead roaches. 1) Mrs Yun explained the violation to me that the control device was placed by the Pest Control company she has been using over 5 years at the back of the restaurant delivery area, which the delivery door never been used and boarded over 20 years by the land lord. 2) She wasn't even aware of the fact that the device was there. 3) The inspector, Lauren P. Parnass, couldn't tell what kind of, type of dead pests. 4) Definitley, those stuff were on the sticky pest control device was not birds or rodents according to Mrs. Yun who was with the inspector at the time of the inspection.
I like to let you know that the order of closing the restaurant for one dinner business operation of July 30th, 2013 was the first time since Seoul Garden Restaurant was opened on March 4th, 2004.
Seoul Garden is the ONLY KOREAN restaurant in TREASURE COAST and has been over 10 years.
All four restaurants are back open for business.
We are also going to highlight businesses that earn perfect scores two inspections in a row. This week, the state said no restaurants in our area earned that distinction.
You can search all restaurants that were issued an emergency closure in 2013 on the map below.