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DIRTY DINING: 4 restaurants temporarily shut down in Palm Beach County; 1 remains closed

Posted at 5:49 AM, Jul 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-26 08:06:29-04

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — A handful of Palm Beach County restaurants were forced to close after recent visits from health inspectors.

Margaritas Mexican Restaurant near Greenacres and Clubhouse Pub & Grill in West Palm Beach were both temporarily closed due to roach activity.

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According to a July 18 inspection at Margaritas Mexican Restaurant, inspectors found seven high-priority violations. Among those was an employee touching ready-to-eat food with their bare hands. One live roach was spotted on the wall near a sink, and seven live roaches were found inside a cabinet at the bar. One live roach was found in the prep area, and two live roaches were found underneath a prep table at the kitchen. Also, dead roaches were found in other areas of the restaurant.

During a July 18 inspection at Clubhouse Pub & Grill, five high-priority violations were discovered. This included rodent activity with around 10 dry and hard rodent droppings discovered in the corner under a sink at the bar.

Tropical Fruit, located at 1941 South Military Trail in suburban West Palm Beach, was also temporarily closed due to flies.

Health inspectors on July 18 at Tropical Fruit found live, small flying insects in the kitchen and food preparation area. More than 10 live, small flying insects were found on unwrapped cabbage. Five live, small flying insects were spotted on sanitized dishes and utensils at a sink. Also, four flying insects were on 5-gallon juice container lids, which were were not securely closed. A total of three high-priority violations were found during the inspection.

Salt-n-Pepper restaurant on Blue Heron Boulevard was closed and has not reopened because inspectors say it didn't have proper licensing.

Full health inspection reports below:

* Margaritas Mexican Restaurant

* Clubhouse Pub & Grill

* Tropical Fruit