63 Violations at Life Bar & Grill in Boca: RatOn Restaurants

This may be the biggest number we’ve seen in a restaurant inspection yet. On September 12th inspectors reported 63 total violations in a licensing inspection at Life Bar & Grill at 180 S. Federal Highway.

180 S. Federal Highway; image by Google.

The restaurant doesn’t seem to be open yet and we can’t find much information. We have a hunch it’ll be some kind of Haitian food but that’s only a hunch. It’s not clear where the restaurant will be at the location as there are existing restaurants. Reports indicate that Taco Prince closed so it might be that spot on the corner. It should be noted that only two of the violations were marked as high priority.

Outside of that wild result, we noticed a few not-so-great inspections closer to home. Long Island Bagel, near Target in West Boca Square, had 21 violations including 6 high priority including a stop sale:

  • Employee failed to wash hands before changing gloves and/or putting on gloves to work with food. Employee at cash register handled money then touched RTE food put gloves on – no handwash. Bus boy touched dirty dishes then handled plates of food. Employee washing dishes handled dirty dishes then handled clean dishes without washing hands. Cook cracked shell eggs then handled clean dishes to plate pancakes and bagels – no handwash.
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. 10 lbs. of mashed potatoes as per manager cooling for 2 days (50°F – Cooling); 5 qts of lentil soup as per manager cooling overnight in wic (52°F – Cooling); 5 qts of sautéed onions as per manager cooling overnight in wic (52°F – Cooling); 15 qts. of heart salad as per manager cold holding overnight in wic (60°F – Cold Holding) See Stop Sale
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cooked/heated yesterday/on a previous day not cooled from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within a total of 6 hours. Food has been cooling overnight. 10 lbs. of mashed potatoes as per manager cooling for 2 days (50°F – Cooling); 5 qts of lentil soup as per manager cooling overnight in wic (52°F – Cooling); 5 qts of sautéed onions as per manager cooling overnight in wic (52°F – Cooling); See stop sale.
  • Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food in walk-in cooler. Raw bacon stored over chicken soup in wic. Raw chicken stored over cream cheese in wic. **Repeat Violation**
  • Raw animal foods not properly separated from each other in holding unit. Raw chicken stored in same container with raw salmon in wic.
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. 10 lbs. of mashed potatoes as per manager cooling for 2 days (50°F – Cooling); 5 qts of lentil soup as per manager cooling overnight in wic (52°F – Cooling); 5 qts of sautéed onions as per manager cooling overnight in wic (52°F – Cooling); 15 qts. of heart salad as per manager cold holding overnight in wic (60°F – Cold Holding) See Stop Sale

New Golden China on Palmetto Park near Powerline had 20 violations, with two high priority.

Others with big numbers include:

19 violations: Jon’s Place (1 high priority); Lucky Palace (2); Mozart Cafe (6)
18 violatons: Hong Kong Palace (2); Bluefin in Parkland (3); Sun Yat in Parkland (1)
17 violations: Japango in Parkland (7); Pollo Tropical (4); Chill & Grill Pita (2)
16 violations: Sandalfoot Bagel (4); MeSen Thai Sushi on SW 18th (2); Zingers on Beracasa (2); Moon Thai on St. Andrews (3)

Good News

There were a number of perfect inspections. Most notable locally was Moon Tavern in Boca Greens, which has had many great inspection reports. Other perfect inspections were:

Chick Fil-A in Town Center
Haagen Dazs in Town Center
Bagel Wit a Schmear on Federal Highway
Keke’s Breakfast Cafe on Palmetto (Licensing)
Taco Fresh on Spanish River Blvd
Amitie Cafe on Yamato

Near perfect inspections with just one violation include:

Fresh Bites Cafe in Mission Bay
Tomasso’s on Palmetto Park
Denny’s on Palmetto Park
Moe’s SW Grill near Town Center
Pummarola in Town Center

Our full pdf is below and it’s worth reading because there’s a lot more.

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Author: Warren Redlich

Warren Redlich is a real estate agent and an attorney. He focuses on selling homes in West Boca Raton. Find out more at Yes Boca Real Estate.