Dirty Dining in Hernando County: July 2017

Hernando County Dirty DiningIt’s that time again…SpringHillNow.com’s monthly Dirty Dining Report. We publish this report solely because cleanliness matters most when it comes to serving food and because we believe the customers have a right to know what is going on behind the kitchen door. This report is meant to inform the public and to encourage local restaurant owners and managers to live up to the responsibilities that come along with running a kitchen.

The best marketing for any restaurant is being recognized for cleanliness! So, on that note, shout out to the SIX restaurants that passed their first inspection with ZERO violations:

  • Reggae’s located at 808 S. Broad Street
  • Charmed Gelateria at 11147 County Line Road #101
  • Dough Boys Donuts at 14257 Powell Road
  • Dunkin Donuts at 1362 Commercial Way
  • Bob’s Mobile Galley at 3192 Shoal Line Blvd
  • The Sweet Life

There were 21 restaurants that did not pass the first inspection. While most of the violations were minor (and not gross) some were downright disgusting. Nearly all of them resolved the issues within a day or two and passed a follow up inspection. Let’s hope they take this whole tidying up thing a little more seriously from now on.

You can click on the name of each establishment listed below to read their individual inspection results:

Popeyes located at 843 S Us Hwy 41 in Brooksville was temporarily shut down on July 25, 2017 when the inspector found the place crawling with live roaches and flies. They cleaned up the place and reopened the next day after a follow up inspection.

Capone’s Billiard Lounge at 10463 County Line Road in Spring Hill had a whopping 26 violations on July 6th including slime, mold, and grease build up throughout the kitchen and on soda dispensers, raw chicken over cans of Red Bull, and live flying insects in the food prep area and the bar. It was also noted that the operator was not properly tracking/marking the number of days open, ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food had been in the refrigerator.

Masa Asian Bistro & Bar located at 6234 Commercial Way in Brooksville had 23 violations including an employee eating in a food preparation or other restricted area, raw fruits/vegetables not being washed prior to preparation, food being stored at potentially hazardous temperatures, raw animal food being stored over ready to eat sauces, employee sinks lacking hand soap and being inaccessible, live insect activity, and ready to eat food having been prepared and held more than 24 hours without being date marked.

Nouvelle Cuisine located at 10531 Spring Hill Drive had 19 violations including food being stored at potentially hazardous temperatures due to the cooler needing repair and the dish machine not sanitizing properly. There was also rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found behind the wine cooler in the kitchen.

Wendy’s located at 4720 Commercial Way in Spring Hill was hit with a number of repeat violations including gaskets with slimy/mold-like build-up, equipment in disrepair, and ceiling/ceiling tiles/vents soiled with accumulated food debris, grease, dust, or mold-like substance. One employee was prepping food without a hairnet, food was being stored at potentially hazardous temperatures, and the inspector noted the accumulation of black/green mold-like substance on/around soda dispensing nozzles.

Spring Hill Lanes, World Wood Golf Club, Gator’s Dockside, and Glen Lakes Country Club also had violations for insect activity.

Dirty Dining Hernando County July 2017

Dirty Dining Hernando County July 2017

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