Mandarin Garden in Sebastian Shut Down by Health Inspector

Mandarin Garden restaurant closed by health inspector in Sebastian, Florida.
Mandarin Garden restaurant closed by health inspector in Sebastian, Florida.

The Mandarin Garden Restaurant in Sebastian was shut down Thursday by the health inspector for multiple violations. 

The Chinese restaurant was cited for 19 violations, 3 of them were High Priority.

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Approximately 10 floor of kitchen under Wok station 1 on bottom shelf of table next to fryers 1 inside of cooler not being used but next to reach-in cooler,” the health inspector wrote in the report.

The ceiling is in disrepair because of water damage, and there are dead roaches on the premises. Five roaches were found in the planter holder in the dining room, and four were on shelves in the storage room, the report said.

There were a set of won tons laying on “undrained ice,” and cups were on a dirty surface in the server area. There was also some potentially hazardous food items left out at greater than 41 degrees. The cook told the inspector that he pulled the food from the cooler 2 hours prior when he got busy.

The inspector found an accumulation of food debris on the rice holders and encrusted material on a can opener blade. The manager also lacked proof of food manager certification.

“No proof of required state approved employee training provided for any employees,” the inspector said.

Mandarin Garden
Mandarin Garden

Here’s a list of all the violations:

  • Basic – Ceiling not smooth, nonabsorbent and easily cleanable in food preparation, food storage, warewashing areas or bathroom. **Repeat Violation**
  • Basic – Ceiling/ceiling tile shows damage or is in disrepair.- water damage
  • Basic – Clean utensils or equipment stored in dirty drawer or rack.- on cooling rack
  • Basic – Dead roaches on premises. 5 in planter holder in dining room 4 on shelves of storage room
  • Basic – Employee beverage container on a food preparation table or over/next to clean equipment/utensils.- drink above reach-in cooler
  • Basic – Food stored in undrained ice.- won tons
  • Basic – Food stored on floor.- bottled drinks on floor
  • Basic – In-use utensil stored in standing water less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit.- 88°f – rice scoop
  • Basic – Outer openings not protected with self-closing doors.-exterior door left open, observed live roach and fly in kitchen
  • Basic – Soil residue build-up on nonfood-contact surface.- cups on dirty surface in server area
  • Basic – Trash receptacles not provided where needed in establishment.
  • Basic – Walk-in cooler/freezer shelves with rust that has pitted the surface.
  • High Priority – Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area.
  • High Priority – Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit.- cut cabbage 87°f, cook states pulled from cooler 2 hrs prior when got busy, tofu 62°f, above chill line in reach-in less than 4 hrs, cooked moved to bottom of cooler **Corrective Action Taken**
  • High Priority – Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Approximately 10 floor of kitchen under Wok station 1 on bottom shelf of table next to fryers 1 inside of cooler not being used but next to reach-in cooler
  • Intermediate – Accumulation of food debris/grease on food-contact surface.- rice holders
  • Intermediate – Encrusted material on can opener blade.
  • Intermediate – Manager lacking proof of food manager certification. A list of accredited food manager certification examination providers can be found at http://www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/hotels-restaurants/food-lodging/food-manager/- Manager can’t certifications
  • Intermediate – No proof of required state approved employee training provided for any employees. To order approved program food safety material, call DBPR contracted provider: Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (SafeStaff) 866-372-7233.- Manager can’t find

Last year, the Mandarin Garden Restaurant was cited for 15 health violations.

Also last year, Ay Jalisco in Sebastian was shut down by the health inspector.

Last month, the health inspector shut down DownTown Crossing in Sebastian in what was described as “rodent activity” and violations.

Mandarin Garden is located at 13533 U.S. Highway 1 inside the Riverwalk Shopping Center in Sebastian (Roseland).

UPDATE: Mandarin Garden was reopened August 14 after it met inspection standards.

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