Sebastian Restaurant Temporarily Shutdown by Health Inspector

Downtown Crossing shut down temporarily by health inspector in Sebastian, Florida.
Downtown Crossing shut down temporarily by health inspector in Sebastian, Florida.

Last week, the health inspector made an emergency order to shutdown Downtown Crossing in Sebastian in what was described as “rodent activity” and violations.

The restaurant had 11 violations, 3 of them were High Priority.

“Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found,” the inspector wrote in the report. Approximately ten droppings were found on the back ledge of an oven that is currently not in use.

The inspector had to “stop sale” on potato skins for potentially hazardous food due to temperature abuse. The potato skins were chilled at 49 degrees instead of 41 degrees.

There was also an accumulation of food debris/grease on the fryers in the kitchen. A package of hot dogs were “opened and held more than 24 hours” without a proper date on them, according to the report.

Here’s the actual list of violations:

  • Basic – Waste receptacle/floor mat/hood filter cleaned in a manner that allows the waste cleaning water to drain onto ground.- asked employees where they dump used mop water, said outside, showed where mop sink was located. **Warning**
  • Basic – mop sink or curbed cleaning facility inaccessible because of items stored in it. **Warning**
  • High Priority – Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit.- potato skins 49°f in cooler overnight **Warning**
  • High Priority – Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found.- approximately 10 dropping on back ledge of oven that is not in use **Warning**
  • High Priority – Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse.- potato skins 49°f, only TCS item in cooler that’s not keeping temp **Warning**
  • Intermediate – Accumulation of food debris/grease on food-contact surface.- fryers **Warning**
  • Intermediate – Commercially processed ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food opened and held more than 24 hours not properly date marked after opening.- hot dogs 7/3 **Warning**
  • Intermediate – Employee washed hands in a sink other than an approved handwash sink.- washing hands in 3 bin sink **Warning**
  • Intermediate – Handwash sink not accessible for employee use due to being blocked by prep table – employees washing hands in 3 bin sink b/c can’t get to sink **Warning**
  • 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.- Stacy and Kim **Warning**
  • Intermediate – No soap provided at handwash sink. **Warning**

Downtown Crossing in Sebastian, located in the Village Square, was shut down during the day on July 9 to address the violations. It was later reopened.

On July 16, the health inspector returned to do a follow-up and still had to address the restaurant about its dirty fryers, according to the report.

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Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Jupiter, Florida. Andy has been a radio & TV personality since the 1980s. He has worked for WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. After spending 7 years in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1990s, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2000. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.