6 Marion County restaurants cited for high-priority violations (2024)

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For a complete list of local restaurant inspections, including violations not requiring warnings or administrative action, visit our Marion County restaurant inspections site.

Here's the breakdown for recent health inspections in Marion County, Florida, for the week of June 24-30, 2024. Please note that some more recent, follow-up inspections may not be included here.

Disclaimer: The Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation describes an inspection report as a 'snapshot' of conditions present at the time of the inspection. On any given day, an establishment may have fewer or more violations than noted in their most recent inspection. An inspection conducted on any given day may not be representative of the overall, long-term conditions at the establishment.

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Which Marion County restaurants got perfect scores on their health inspections?

These restaurants met all standards during their June 24-30 inspections and no violations were found.

  • El Rinconcito LLC, 1900 S. Pine Ave., Ocala**
  • Hungry Howie's, 11115 SW 93rd Ct Rd Ste 400, Ocala**
  • Peri Peri Chicken Grill, 12169 S. Williams St., Dunnellon**
  • , 19773 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Dunnellon**

** Restaurants that failed an inspection and aced a follow-up inspection in the same week

Which Marion County restaurants had high priority violations?

2615 SW 19th Avenue Rd, Ocala

Routine Inspection on June 28

Follow-Up Inspection Required: Violations require further review, but are not an immediate threat to the public.

9 total violations, with 1 high-priority violation

  • High Priority - Time/temperature control for safety food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Observed the following items and cold holding temperatures in the reach-in Cooler on cookline: salmon (50F - Cold Holding); shrimp (51F - Cold Holding); steak (50F - Cold Holding); Hamburger (51F - Cold Holding). Manager advised that all the items had been in the walk-in-cooler overnight and had been placed in the cook line drawers three hours earlier. Manager had all the items placed in the walk-in-cooler **Corrective Action Taken** **Warning**

El Rinconcito LLC

1900 S. Pine Ave., Ocala

Routine Inspection on June 27

Follow-Up Inspection Required: Violations require further review, but are not an immediate threat to the public.

12 total violations, with 2 high-priority violations

  • High Priority - Dishmachine chlorine sanitizer not at proper minimum strength. Discontinue use of dishmachine for sanitizing and set up manual sanitization until dishmachine is repaired and sanitizing properly. Observed dishmachine at 0ppm Cl **Warning**
  • High Priority - Raw animal foods not properly separated from one another based upon minimum required cooking temperature when stored in a freezer - not all products commercially packaged. Observed raw chicken and raw meat not in commercial package in walk-in-freezer. Raw Chicken was stored above raw beef. Employee moved items and placed in correct order. **Corrected On-Site**

E Mano's Hatian American Cuisine

Mobile food dispensing vehicle

Routine Inspection on June 26

Follow-Up Inspection Required: Violations require further review, but are not an immediate threat to the public.

2 total violations, with 2 high-priority violations

  • High Priority - Establishment operating with no potable running water. Observed establishment does not have any running water to three-compartment sink or hand wash sink. Establishment is currently not operating. **Warning**
  • High Priority - Operating with an expired Division of Hotels and Restaurants license. Observed establishment operating with an expired Division of Hotels and Restaurants license dated 6/1/2024

Peri Peri Chicken Grill

12169 S. Williams St., Dunnellon

Routine Inspection on June 24

Follow-Up Inspection Required: Violations require further review, but are not an immediate threat to the public.

18 total violations, with 5 high-priority violations

  • High Priority - Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, food storage area and/or bar area. One fly in kitchen near cookline.
  • High Priority - Raw sewage on ground of establishment. Drain pipe with cap removed on side of building on opposite side of three-compartment sink. Sewage and/or food debris on ground below pipe. Manager stated the cap was removed the previous day to temporarily fix a clog. Administrative complaint and following day callback per Robert Protomastro. **Admin Complaint**
  • High Priority - Time/temperature control for safety food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Inside reach-in cooler at cookline: tzatziki (53F - Cold Holding); pork (46F - Cold Holding); calamari (47F - Cold Holding); octopus (47F - Cold Holding); shrimp (45F - Cold Holding); fish (45F - Cold Holding); sausage (51F - Cold Holding). Ambient air temperature of unit 61F. Manager stated all food was placed into unit appropriately three hours prior and began placing food into the walk-in cooler to cool to 41F. **Corrective Action Taken** **Warning**
  • High Priority - Toxic substance/chemical improperly stored. Three aerosol cans containing glass cleaner stored on top of reach-in freezer beside takeout containers. Inspector had manager remove glass cleaner from area during this inspection. **Corrected On-Site**
  • High Priority - Vacuum breaker missing at hose bibb or on fitting/splitter added to hose bibb. Four backflow prevention devices missing at hose connections at three-compartment sink.

19773 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Dunnellon

Routine Inspection on June 24

Follow-Up Inspection Required: Violations require further review, but are not an immediate threat to the public.

25 total violations, with 9 high-priority violations

  • High Priority - Employee switched from working with raw food to ready-to-eat food without washing hands. Male employee with gloved hands touched raw gator meat then touched cutting board that was used for tray of corn fritters. Cook placed fritters back in fryer and manager educated employee. **Corrective Action Taken** **Repeat Violation** **Admin Complaint**
  • High Priority - Employee touched soiled apron/clothes and then engaged in food preparation, handled clean equipment or utensils, or touched unwrapped single-service items without washing hands. Female employee touched apron then continued to put gloves on hands without washing hands. Male employee wiped hands on apron then continued to wok without washing hands. **Repeat Violation** **Admin Complaint**
  • High Priority - Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, food storage area and/or bar area. Ten live flies in kitchen area. **Repeat Violation** **Admin Complaint**
  • High Priority - Operating with an expired Division of Hotels and Restaurants license. License expired 06/01/2024.
  • High Priority - Raw animal food stored over/not properly separated from ready-to-eat food. Pan of raw gator on shelf over rice in walk in cooler. Manager moved. **Corrected On-Site** **Repeat Violation** **Admin Complaint**
  • High Priority - Stop Sale issued on time/temperature control for safety food due to temperature abuse. In reach in make table near steam table: crawfish (46-49F - Cold Holding) in unit overnight. **Warning**
  • High Priority - Time/temperature control for safety food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. In reach in make table on cookline: fish (52F - Cold Holding); ground beef (52F - Cold Holding); shrimp (62F - Cold Holding). All items in unit for two hours. Added ice bags. Drawer unit under cooking equipments: chicken (57F - Cold Holding then 50F one hour later); fish (56F - Cold Holding then 46F in one hour). Added ice bags to all. In reach in make table near steam table: crawfish (46-49F - Cold Holding) in unit over night. Stop sale issued. **Corrective Action Taken** **Warning**
  • High Priority - Toxic substance/chemical improperly stored. Two bottles of oven cleaner hanging on shelf next to clean dishes. Sterno containers on shelf over can goods. Sterno moved. **Corrective Action Taken**
  • High Priority - Vacuum breaker missing at hose bibb or on fitting/splitter added to hose bibb. Three missing on exterior walls of prep room.

Wing Station

619 S. Pine Ave., Ocala

Routine Inspection on June 24

Follow-Up Inspection Required: Violations require further review, but are not an immediate threat to the public.

9 total violations, with 2 high-priority violations

  • High Priority - Raw animal food stored over or with unwashed produce. Observed raw beef wrapped in clear wrap stored over open box of corn cobs in reach in freezer. Manager removed frozen beef. **Repeat Violation** **Admin Complaint**
  • High Priority - Toxic substance/chemical improperly stored. Observed alcohol spray bottle stored net to take out bags that are ready to be filled with orders.

What agency inspects restaurants in Florida?

Routine regulation and inspection of restaurants is conducted by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The Department of Health is responsible for investigation and control of food-borne illness outbreaks associated with all food establishments.

How do I report a dirty restaurant in Florida?

If you see abuses of state standards, report them and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation will send inspectors. Call the Florida DBPR at 850-487-1395 or report a restaurant for health violations online.

Get the whole story at our restaurant inspection database.

What does all that terminology in Florida restaurant inspections mean?

Basic violations are those considered against best practices.

A warning is issued after an inspector documents violations that must be corrected by a certain date or within a specified number of days from receipt of the inspection report.

An administrative complaint is a form of legal action taken by the division. Insufficient compliance after a warning, a pattern of repeat violations or existence of serious conditions that warrant immediate action may result in the division initiating an administrative complaint against the establishment. Says the division website: "Correcting the violations is important, but penalties may still result from violations corrected after the warning time was over."

An emergency order — when a restaurant is closed by the inspector — is based on an immediate threat to the public. Here, the Division of Hotels and Restaurants director has determined that the establishment must stop doing business and any division license is suspended to protect health, safety or welfare of the public.

A 24-hour call-back inspection will be performed after an emergency closure or suspension of license.

6 Marion County restaurants cited for high-priority violations (2024)

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