Las Palmas Restaurant in Sebastian Shutdown by Health Inspector

Las Palmas Restaurant in Sebastian, Florida.
Las Palmas Restaurant in Sebastian, Florida.

The Las Palmas restaurant in Sebastian was shut down by the health inspector last week on Monday, August 26, 2019, according to state records.

The Cuban cuisine restaurant received 36 health violations, 8 of them listed as High Priority.

The inspector wrote “20 plus roaches on floor in bulk ice bin room. 1 dead roach on floor next to food shelf. 2 dead on wall behind dish machine. 10 dead roaches behind bar on the floor.”

The inspector said there was a live roach on the “food managers certificate” on the wall.

The soda gun was soiled.

The inspector stopped the sale of pork and black beans at Las Palmas because of temperature safety.

The kitchen and bar also had a problem with live flies.

“30 live flies in fish area, and 1 live fly in mop area. 10 live flies behind bar,” the inspector wrote in the report.

Here’s the full list of violations for Las Palmas:

  • Basic – Build-up of grease on nonfood-contact surface. Shelving by handsink **Warning**
  • Basic – Build-up of mold-like substance on nonfood-contact surface. Dish rack **Warning**
  • Basic – Carbon dioxide/helium tanks not adequately secured. **Repeat Violation** **Warning**
  • Basic – Cardboard used to line nonfood-contact shelves. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**
  • Basic – Ceiling/ceiling tiles/vents soiled with accumulated food debris, grease, dust, or mold-like substance. Vents dusty in kitchen **Warning**
  • Basic – Cove molding at floor/wall juncture broken/missing. Server area **Warning**
  • Basic – Dead roaches on premises. 20 plus roaches on floor in bulk ice bin room. . 1 dead roach on floor next to food shelf. 2 dead on wall behind dish machine. 10 dead roaches behind bar on the floor **Warning**
  • Basic – Duct tape used to repair nonfood-contact surface. Lid on stove **Warning**
  • Basic – Employee wearing jewelry other than a plain ring on their hands/arms while preparing food. Watch on cook **Warning**
  • Basic – Floor area(s) covered with standing water. Dish area **Repeat Violation** **Warning**
  • Basic – Floors not constructed to be easily cleanable. Floor is raw concrete
  • Basic – Food stored on floor. Onions not 6 inches off the floor **Repeat Violation** **Warning**
  • Basic – Food-contact surface not smooth and easily cleanable. Melted baskets **Warning**
  • Basic – Hole in or other damage to wall. Small holes throughout kitchen, expo line, cook line, dish area. Walls in disrepair leaving gaps in the dish room, expo and cook line **Warning**
  • Basic – In-use utensil not stored on a clean portion of food preparation or cooking equipment. Utensils under paper towels at handsink **Warning**
  • Basic – Light not functioning. Bulbs out expo **Warning**
  • Basic – Nonfood-grade bags used in direct contact with food. Bread **Warning**
  • Basic – Old labels stuck to food containers after cleaning. Cut onion container **Repeat Violation** **Warning**
  • Basic – Plumbing system improperly installed or repaired. No cold water at handsink **Warning**
  • Basic – Reuse of single-use articles. Tinfoil pans **Warning**
  • Basic – Soil residue build-up on nonfood-contact surface. Trashcans **Warning**
  • High Priority – Cooked potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food not cooled from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within 6 hours. Pork tamale 45-47-49.f overnight.Black beans 49f **Warning**
  • High Priority – Employee failed to wash hands before changing gloves and/or putting on gloves to work with food. Touch face with gloves and touched food **Warning**
  • High Priority – Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area. @30 live flies in fish area and 1 live fly in mop area. 10 live flies behind bar **Warning**
  • High Priority – Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food in the process of reheating for hot holding has not reached 165 degrees Fahrenheit after more than 2 hours . **Warning**
  • High Priority – Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. 1 live roach in 3 bin sink. 1 live roach on floor by glass racks. 1 live on wall by dish rack in dish area, 2 live roaches on wall in dish area. 12 live in corner by chip container. 2 live in terminix glue trap. 12 live under soda container in service area. 1 live roach on wall by sandwich hot press machine 2 live server area in kitchen ****Warning** 1 live on the food managers certificate **Repeat Violation** **Warning**
  • High Priority – Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Tamale. Pork. 45- 47f -51f. 20lbs. Black beans 20quarts 49f overnight **Warning**
  • High Priority – Toxic substance/chemical stored by or with food. Raid by beans **Warning**
  • High Priority – Wiping cloth sanitizer solution exceeds the maximum concentration allowed. Quat 500 **Warning**
  • Intermediate – Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance inside the ice bin. **Warning**
  • Intermediate – Accumulation of food debris/grease on food-contact surface. Onion container dirty **Warning**
  • Intermediate – Employee applied hand antiseptic in place of washing hands as required. Educated server on proper handwashing proceedures **Warning**
  • Intermediate – Handwash sink used for purposes other than handwashing. Dumping ice **Warning**
  • Intermediate – Hot water not provided/shut off at employee handwash sink. Womans
  • Intermediate – Proof of required state approved employee training not available for some employees. To order approved program food safety material, call DBPR contracted provider: Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (SafeStaff) 866-372-7233. **Warning**
  • Intermediate – Soda gun soiled. **Warning**
  • Observed electrical wiring in disrepair. For reporting purposes only. Scortched at expo

Las Palmas reopened for business on August 27, 2019, after passing health inspection.

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