CRESTVIEW — A restaurant was issued an emergency closure last Friday after a routine inspection found dozens of rodent droppings throughout the kitchen and food preparation areas.
Droppings were found on items ranging from drink cup lids to the dish machine storage table and the floor of the front lobby. Most of the droppings were dry, although fresher, wet droppings also were found.
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation inspector also found possible rodent "gnaw marks" on a bag of rice and bag of seasoning at Florida Golden Buffet, according to the inspection report.
Other high-priority violations included raw chicken stored at unsafe temperatures, utensils stored in unclean water and heavily rusted cans of food.
In all, there were six high-priority violations, four intermediate violations and 14 basic violations. But the inspector was unable to complete the inspection because he was ordered to get out by the operator's husband, the report noted.
The restaurant failed to pass the follow-up inspection the next day. During that visit, the number of violations was cut almost in half. A second follow-up inspection saw the number of violations being further reduced, but there were still two high-priority violations, both involving the storage of raw chicken.
The restaurant had reopened by Tuesday afternoon.
The recent round of inspections marked the second time this year that Golden Buffet had been forced to close on an emergency basis. The restaurant was also closed June 28 to address violations including live roaches and flying insects.