Squid Lips in Sebastian Passes Health Inspection

Squid Lips passes health inspection in Sebastian, Florida.
Squid Lips passes health inspection in Sebastian, Florida.

SEBASTIAN – The timing of the health inspection at Squid Lips came at the worst time for the restaurant, a day before their annual employee appreciation day.

On Monday, a health inspector cited Squid Lips with 17 violations. The restaurant then closed temporarily to conduct “spring cleaning,” according to employees who were sitting at the entrance. They re-opened later in the evening for dinner.

On Tuesday, the restaurant closed for their employee appreciation day, but contractors and some employees were seen working throughout the day at the establishment.

As of today, Squid Lips passed the health inspection after the state inspector returned to the restaurant.

Of the violations and warnings cited Monday, 6 were High Priority, 1 was Intermediate, and 10 were Basic.

They are as follows:

  • Basic – Employee wearing jewelry other than a plain ring on their hands/arms while preparing food. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Basic – Equipment in poor repair.
  • Basic – Fan cover in walk-in cooler/freezer has an accumulation of dust or debris.
  • Basic – Food offered in a way that misleads/misinforms the consumer.
  • Basic – Food stored on the floor. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Basic – Observed standing water in the bottom of a reach-in cooler. **Repeat Violation**
  • Basic – Open dumpster lid.
  • Basic – Single-service articles not stored inverted or protected from contamination.
  • Basic – Walk-in cooler/freezer shelves with rust that has pitted the surface. **Repeat Violation**
  • Basic – Wet wiping cloth not stored in sanitizing solution between uses.
  • High Priority – Clams/mussels/oysters cold held at a temperature greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • 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 in the process of reheating for hot holding has not reached 165 degrees Fahrenheit after more than 2 hours. **Corrective Action Taken**
  • High Priority – Spray bottle with chemical/toxic substance stored near/on/above food preparation surface or food. **Corrected On-Site**
  • High Priority – Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse.
  • High Priority – Vacuum breaker missing at hose bibb or on fitting/splitter added to the hose bibb.
  • Intermediate – Soda gun soiled.

The word around town about Squid Lips:

“Some of those violations are serious with seafood, any food. I hope they re-train employees/managers,” said Tori Gates.

“I’m not a food critic, but some of the violations are just food poisoning waiting to happen,” said Wayne White.

“I have faith that those problems will be corrected,” said Donna Vincent Cabral.

“It is good the Health Department is checking on all local eateries. We love Squid Lips,” said Teresa Caliendo.

Sebastian Daily will only report on health inspections that have a High Priority violation by the inspector. Squid Lips had 6 of them, which were corrected this week.

We will continue to report local restaurants and hold them accountable for any number of High Priority violations in Sebastian, Micco, Grant, Fellsmere, and Vero Beach.

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About Andy Hodges
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.