Two restaurants fail random health inspections

Golden Asia Buffet Closure

It was business as usual at Golden Asia Buffet in Crestview Tuesday afternoon. The restaurant reopened the same day they were closed by state health authorities for health code violations.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 08:06 PM.

Two more local restaurants were issued emergency closure notices by the state last week for failing random health inspections, bringing the total number of restaurant closures this year up to 16.

Cabana Cafe, located in the Hurricane Lanes Bowling Alley in Destin, was shut down by the Florida Department Business and Professional Regulation on May 14. Two days later, the Golden Buffet, located at 2680 S. Ferdon Boulevard in Crestview, received an emergency closure.

The number of restaurant closures in Okaloosa and Walton counties this year is up 700 percent from last year when Pompano Joe’s in Destin and Beef O’Brady’s in Niceville were the only restaurants shut down.

Santa RosaCountyhas not had any emergency closures this year.

According to the DBPR inspection report, Cabana Cafe had 13 violations, including two high priority violations.

The high priority violations included storing food at improper temperatures and rodent activity.

Owner Wayne Anderson said rodent activity was noticed in the roof of the large building and they had to seal the kitchen off from the rest of the building. Ceiling tiles had to be replaced to make sure nothing could get into the kitchen.

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