At Las Flores, also known as La Rosa, (913 Lake Ave.) near downtown Lake Worth, an inspector found roaches and rodent droppings. One of the live roaches was walking on the food prep table while they were making meals.
"Oh, they say that there are roaches here? My God. I didn't know that," one customer said.
The rodent activity was found in an AC unit closet.
The restaurant also had to throw away food for temperature issues.
The management didn't want to talk telling us they were too busy, and never called us to explain.
No answers in West Palm Beach either. Our visit to Lakay Restaurant (2695 N Military Trail #25) cut short.
"Why are you recording me. You are not supposed to be doing that," the manager said as he walked outside.
Roaches closed the restaurant on March 8th. They reopened on March 12th. Then, the state found roaches again on a follow-up inspection March 28th and closed the restaurant a second time.
"I have no comment," the manager said.
Las Flores is now back open.
No answers in West Palm Beach either. Our visit to Lakay Restaurant (2695 N Military Trail, Suite 25) in West Palm Beach was cut short.
"Why are you recording me. You are not supposed to be doing that," a worker told us.
Roaches closed the restaurant for several days (March 8, March 10, and March 11th). After they reopened on March 12th, the state shut them down again for roaches on March 28th.
Inspectors fined Lakay $400 in April of this year for its early March roach problem.
"I have no comment," the worker told us.
Lakay is now back open.
Rocky's Delray Beach
Roaches were also found at Rocky's Delray Beach (20 SE 5th Avenue).
"It's a little embarrassing," said Damien, the cook. "We had a freezer that died and it stayed on premise and just like every business in Delray has bug issues they build up and they took care of it."
The restaurant also had small insects flying around the bar area. Plus raw tuna was stored over tortellini and raw sausage over cooked pasta. Calamari was also thawing in standing water in the sick. The restaurant says it's taking care of these issues by training new employees.
"We had a freezer that died and it stayed on premise and just like every business in Delray has bug issues, they build up and they took care of it," said Damien.
"Mistakes were made and we learned about it and corrected it within 24 hours," explained Damien.
Rocky's is back open.
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