34 Violations at Odyssey Diner: RatOn Restaurant Report

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Odyssey Diner on Jog Road in Delray Beach had the worst numbers for this report with 34 violations including 6 marked high priority and with multiple stop sales.

  • Employee touching ready-to-eat food with their bare hands – food was not being heated as a sole ingredient to 145 degrees F or immediately added to other ingredients to be cooked/heated to the minimum required temperature to allow bare hand contact. Establishment has no approved Alternative Operating Procedure….cutting onion for salad with bare hands . Employee discarded food at time of inspection. Discussed with operator. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit….butter 55°, cream cheese 58° in two door tall reach in cooler at server station ( other food 43° in same cooler). Operator stated that keep opening door made temperature high . Operator ice down on food at time of inspection. **Corrective Action Taken** **Repeat Violation**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food held using time as a public health control marked with a time that exceeds the 4-hour limit. See stop sale…..ham, eggs, feta cheese, cut tomatoes, cut lettuce. Operator discarded food at time of inspection. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above….sweet potatoes 81° in warmer drawer at servers station being held from yesterday. Stop sale issue. Operator discarded food at time of inspection. **Corrective Action Taken**
  • Stop Sale issued due to food not being in a wholesome, sound condition.
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse….. Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above….sweet potatoes 81° in warmer drawer at servers station being held from yesterday. **Repeat Violation**

But that may not be the worst inspection of the week. Taverna Trela on Linton in Delray had a couple disturbing notes among the 8 high priority violations (23 total):

  • Presence of insects, one live worm like insect on handle of rice cooker.
  • Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. 4 live roaches under prep table at cook line. 1 live roach on floor under 2 compartment sink next to ice machine. 3 live roaches inside oven next to gyro station. 4 live roaches under gyro station. 3 live roaches under flip top cooler across from fryer. 2 live roaches under dish machine. 2 live roaches on floor under hand wash sink next to fryer. 20+ live roaches in side convection oven at cook line. 2 live roaches in wait area. No doors separating any of the areas.

In West Boca the biggest number was for Lemongrass Hot Pot in the Boca Grove plaza with 21 violations, 3 of them high priority. Other notables with 10 or more violations include the Steak N Shake on 441 in Coral Springs (15 violations, 2 high priority), Positano (13, 2) and Renzo’s Cafe Pizzeria (13, 1) on Federal Highway in East Boca, and Duffy’s on Hillsboro in Coconut Creek (13, 2).

Good News

Two places in West Boca scored perfect inspections with zero violations: Jon Smith Subs in Mission Bay and Press Creamery in the Reserve at 441 and Clint Moore.

The McDonald’s in Shadowood, LuBlu in Somerset Shoppes (Lyons and Glades) and Kapow Noodle Bar in Mizner Park all had near perfect inspections with 1 violation each.

Also doing well were Panera in Mission Bay, Jersey Mike’s Subs in Somerset Shoppes, and Lucille’s BBQ in Woodfield with 2 violations.

The Melting Pot on Federal Highway had 3 violations, 2 high priority.

Also worth a mention:

  • Renzo’s on Clint Moore (4 violations, 1 high priority)
  • Dominic’s on Glades near Boca Rio (4, 0)
  • Little Brazil near Dominic’s (7, 3)
  • Panera in Boca Center (4, 0)
  • Bluefin Express on Yamato (4, 1)
  • McDonald’s on Palmetto just west of Powerline (4, 1)
  • Sushi Rock in East Boca (5, 1)
  • Mississippi Sweets BBQ in East Boca (5, 2)
  • Cannoli Kitchen on Powerline (6, 4)
  • Villa Rosano in the Reserve (6, 1)
  • Kee Grill on Military Trail (6, 0)
  • Casa Tequila on Glades near Boca Rio (6, 0)
  • Subway next to Casq Tequila (6, 1)
  • Bonefish Grill in Boca Grove (6, 0)
  • Hashi Sushi Thai in Shadowood (7, 2)

Our full spreadsheet for this report is below:

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A Transportation Revolution is Coming to West Boca and the World

This post was motivated in part by a conversation the other night with a junior at West Boca High.

Our world has changed dramatically over the last hundred years or so. It’s already visible in West Boca and the changes are accelerating. For one take on all the changes and the coming artificial intelligence revolution see this great blog post on Wait But Why.

Imagine taking a time machine back to 1750 … When you get there, you retrieve a dude, bring him to 2015, and then walk him around and watch him react to everything …

This experience for him wouldn’t be surprising or shocking or even mind-blowing — those words aren’t big enough. He might actually die. …

Because of the Law of Accelerating Returns … the 21st century will achieve 1,000 times the progress of the 20th century. If … correct, then we may be as blown away by 2030 as our 1750 guy was by 2015

One piece of this change has already started happening with Uber and Lyft changing how we get places. Cars that drive themselves are becoming reality. But that’s just the beginning.

There’s a 2016 report from McKinsey on autonomous cars that gives some idea of what’s coming, though it may underestimate the speed of these changes.

Once technological and regulatory issues have been resolved, up to 15 percent of new cars sold in 2030 could be fully autonomous.

Companies like Tesla and Google subsidiary Waymo are pushing hard toward fully autonomous cars. They may only be a few years away. Combine this with the Uber/Lyft ridesharing model as Tesla plans to do, and the cost of a ride drops by 50% or more because you no longer have to pay the driver. There are other potential savings including reduced insurance costs and lower operating costs for electric vehicles.

But that’s only part of the transportation revolution. Along with Tesla, Elon Musk is also pursuing another radical change through tunnels The Boring Company. There are two big ideas in this. For local transport within a metropolitan area they’re pursuing Loop:

Loop is a high-speed underground public transportation system in which passengers are transported on autonomous electric skates traveling at 125-150 miles per hour. Electric skates will carry between 8 and 16 passengers (mass transit), or a single passenger vehicle.

For longer distances such as trips between cities they’re talking about Hyperloop:

Hyperloop is an ultra high-speed underground public transportation system in which passengers are transported on autonomous electric pods traveling at 600+ miles per hour in a pressurized cabin. Similar to Loop, Hyperloop pods will transport between 8 and 16 passengers (mass transit), or a single passenger vehicle.

Musk and his Boring partner Steve Davis discussed what they’re doing in an hour long session this past May:

There’s a good summary of that on GeekWire.

On a local level picture a typical metropolitan area like South Florida with several tunnels. A couple of them run north to south from Miami to Jupiter and several run east to west such as underneath Glades Road in Boca, Atlantic in Delray, and Hillsboro south of the county line. The vast majority of residents live and work within a few miles of a tunnel. You can get where you want to go with a short and inexpensive rideshare from home, a high speed loop ride, and another short walk or rideshare to your destination. You go from your home in West Boca to the American Airlines Arena in 30 minutes for $10. You can go to Mizner Park or the beach in 10 minutes for $6. Add Hyperloop to this story and you get to DisneyWorld or UF in 30 minutes for $25. New York City is a 2 hour ride for maybe $60. If you really get into it SpaceX may deliver travel to anywhere in the world in under an hour.

This may be only 20 years away. Many people will decide not to bother owning a car, saving thousands of dollars a year. This frees up a lot of money for consumer spending in other areas, and it will impact existing industries.

From an investor perspective many car companies and airlines will collapse. BMW and Mercedes sedan sales are already starting to go down due to Tesla’s rise. We already see a lot of this in and near West Boca with a Tesla store in Town Center Mall and a large Tesla charging area at Delray Marketplace.

New Tesla charging station at Delray Marketplace; image from https://www.teslaownersflorida.org/Public-News/6353657

Some car companies will manage to join the electric revolution, but others will fail. Autonomous tractor-trailers like the Tesla Semi could deliver a death blow to conventional truck manufacturers and the rail industry, all while lowering the cost of consumer goods. Car insurance companies will be toast as rideshare companies self-insure. Reduced car accident deaths will increase life expectancy. Miami may become tolerable.

The shift to electric transportation will dramatically reduce demand for oil. According to the US Energy Information Administration 71% of US oil consumption goes to gasoline and diesel for cars, trucks, trains and boats. The price of oil will plummet, taking oil companies down. Millions of jobs in the US will vanish, and the same for millions more overseas.

Some of the effects are harder to see. Parking garages will become unnecessary as riders are dropped off by the rideshare. Plazas like Mizner Park and Promenade could replace their parking structures with apartments or more shops. The parking nightmares at Westwinds and Delray Marketplace would be over.

Individual and family housing decisions might change. Some might choose to live near a tunnel for convenience, but it also becomes easier to live out in the sticks. New homes won’t need garages – though many of us use garages for storage rather than cars.

As these changes take place, capital will be freed up along with consumer dollars that can open up new markets, industries and job creation that are very hard to predict.

How do you think this might play out? Let us know in the comments.

Warren Redlich, the author of this blog, is an investor in Tesla, along with other companies (such as Honda) that might be affected by these projections.

RatOn Raton – A Good Week for Restaurant Inspections

We’re happy to say there’s no terrible news in our latest inspection report. The worst numbers came from the main dining room in the Gleneagles Country Club, and that was the only one with more than 20 violations. Among regular places West Boca residents might go to, Henry’s on Jog north of Clint Moore had 15 violations with 5 high priority. The Sea Southeast Asian in the same plaza had 10 violations.

Henry’s. Image by Google.

Villagio in Mizner Park had 12 violations with 2 high priority. In West Boca, Bagelworks on Glades Road west of the Turnpike had 13 violations with 3 high priority.

Other notables in this report include:

  • Boca Skewers on NE 2nd and Oishii Japanese on NW 20th in East Boca, each with 12 violations
  • Saito Japanese and Ethos Greek in Promenade, each with 11 violations
  • Di Pizza near Wawa in Parkland with 10 violations, 1 high priority
  • Yokohama in Boca Lyons Plaza and Orchid Gardens off Lyons near Century Village each had 9 violations
  • La Luna in Polo Club Shoppes and Casa L’Italien near Doris Market each had 8 violations
  • Madison’s New York Grill near Town Center, Chops Lobster Bar in Mizner, and Another Broken Egg Cafe in Royal Palm each had 7 violations

Several places had 6 violations including Mozzarita Bar in The Reserve on Clint Moore at 441, Abe & Louie’s on Glades, Outback Steakhouse and Trattoria Nonna (both on SW 18th), Tap 42 in Boca Center, Sushi Boca Cafe in Town Center, and Hunan City near Doris Market.

Also a notable licensing inspection for Anzo, a new restaurant that should be opening soon in Shadowood near Lime Fresh.

As usual our full spreadsheet for this report is below, or you can click to get the pdf:

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Single Point of Entry and Other Stupid School Security Suggestions

Single point of entry is one of the latest stupid ideas in school security. After the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting happened next door to our community, the clamor for school security grew louder. The same Broward officials whose incompetence failed to prevent the shooting have been elevated by the media as experts.

Broward Schools superintendent Robert Runcie is touted in the Miami Herald with his plan: “The goal of the new measures is to create a single point of entry at schools.” Runcie is the “leader” whose “Promise” program kept Nikolas Cruz from being criminally prosecuted before the shooting. Criminal prosecution, even just with probation, might have prevented Cruz from getting and keeping guns.

Anyone who understands guns and game plans a school shooting can see the idiocy of single point of entry. Consider the photo below:

Imagine this area filled with 2000 students trying to get into the building and then picture how this looks to a psychopath with a rifle 100 yards away. It’s that stupid.

We had the joy of experiencing other stupid safety measures Thursday at the West Boca High football game against Palm Beach Lakes. Game time for all county high school football games was moved from 7 pm to 6 pm. Other than making it difficult for working parents to see their kids at the games, this accomplishes nothing. We also experienced the “clear bag only” policy which meant no camera bag for this journalist. I offered to let them search the bag, but they declined and I had to put it in my car. Yes that’s only a minor annoyance for me, but it’s also a minor annoyance for thousands of others.

$300K wunderkind Donald Fennoy heads the Palm Beach Schools. He admitted that these moves do nothing to address the shooting outside Palm Beach Central: “The measures announced Sunday would likely not have changed the outcome, Fennoy conceded.”

I’m not the first person to write about the stupidity of the school security mania. Lenore Skenazy, the free range children advocate, aptly described it as Security Theater for Schools. For those unfamiliar with the term: “Security theater is the practice of investing in countermeasures intended to provide the feeling of improved security while doing little or nothing to achieve it.”

Skenazy put it this way: “Schools are piling on the procedures as if the fact that someone, somewhere experienced a terrible tragedy once means that everyone, everywhere is at risk of terrible tragedies all the time.”

Fear makes folks irrational, which explains why any of these measures morphed into bona fide rules. But now that we’ve had a little time to think, it’s time to re-examine them with the kind of clearheadedness an 11-year-old recently showed.

“They want everyone to go in and out of the same door,” her mother explained. Whereupon the daughter wondered, “Won’t that just make it easier for someone who wanted to shoot or bomb people, because everyone will be in the same place?”

Whenever someone criticizes security measures, we hear the inevitable cry: “We have to do something!”. First of all, no we don’t. And second, we don’t have to do something stupid.

All these security measures cost money, which means less money to spend on things that might actually help, like good teachers. But don’t worry folks. Whatever we do, no administrator will be left behind.

No Administrator Left Behind in Palm Beach County Schools

Superintendent Donald Fennoy is paid $290,000 a year, plus $12,000 a year in deferred compensation, free use of a district vehicle, and a $12,000-a-year expense account. Not bad for a 41-year-old with no previous experience in the top job. His promotion came with a total pay increase of over $100,000.

The Palm Beach County School District plans to cut only teachers – and only teachers- if the school property tax increase is voted down. No administrators would lose their jobs and vendors who supply the district will continue reaping millions.

The district has been “informing” the public about the upcoming vote. Most recently this was manifested in an e-mail sent this afternoon. One of the most prominent claims in the e-mail is that the measure will “continue funding for 650 teachers in Art, Music, PE, Choice and Career [sic].” We calculate that if 650 teachers cost the district on average approximately $76,000 a year (including salary, benefits and expenses), that adds up to the full $50 million the district says it will have to cut from the budget.

The “650 teachers” number is used frequently in district communications.

It’s not the first time the 650 reference has been made. It is a central part of the message the district has been pushing on the ballot question. It appears in a pdf document that indicates it was created in late August, and on other similar documents on the district’s page about the referendum.

Again and again they mention the 650 teachers:

The use of this language strongly suggests that if the measure does not pass, 650 teachers in those areas will be laid off. We personally have heard school district employees say exactly that. Of course there’s no indication in any of the district’s “information” regarding the potential loss of any administrator jobs. This fits with longstanding local, state and federal education policies that we refer to as “No Administrator Left Behind.” Teachers get no raises. The air conditioning doesn’t work. But don’t worry folks – we’ve got plenty of well paid administrators. See for example Andrew Marra’s recent Palm Beach Post article: The number of PBC school execs making $140K has nearly tripled in 2 years.

We decided to ask the school board members from West Boca and district officials to explain where the 650 number comes from. So far we have not gotten a straightforward answer.

School board member Karen Brill responded quickly and more thoroughly than anyone else so far. We thank her for that. She opened with the following:

It’s interesting that you are asking this because in our Board discussion regarding the Referendum, I asked our CFO what the contingency plan is if the Referendum fails. I was told there is no contingency plan. That does concern me.

Brill also addressed our specific questions:

Q: If the property tax measure fails, will you vote to cut 650 art, music, pe, choice and career teacher positions?

A: No. Art, Music, PE, Choice and Career Programs are essential components of our District’s offerings. These are the programs that motivate our children, enhance their education and make for higher levels of learning.

Q: Have you considered alternatives such as reducing administrator pay and eliminating administrative positions?

A: Absolutely. It is will be essential that we will have to look at every possible alternative in order to maintain the funding for the teaching positions you outlined above.

Q: What will you do if the vote fails?

A: First, you should know that there will not be an impact in this school year. The first thing we would need to do is convene a Board Workshop to discuss staff’s and the Board’s recommendations of areas where consolidation and cost reductions can be made. Obviously we would have to begin addressing the situation immediately.

Brill closed with the following:

In addition to the above, my comment is that it is regrettable that those at the state level do not believe that funding public education is a priority. We are now 44th in the nation on the amount the state funds to educate our students. That’s deplorable! Recruitment and retention of teachers at the salaries Districts are forced to pay is extremely difficult. In addition, changes in our world have necessitated changes in the physical structure of our schools to enhance school safety. An area of particular need is the hiring of additional mental health professionals. Whatever the outcome of the Referendum vote, we all need to work together for the benefit our children. Although cliché, it truly does take a village.

School board member Frank Barbieri also responded quickly but briefly:

If the tax levy fails, I’ll ask (and I believe the other Board Members will ask) the Superintendent to provide the School Board with all available options so that we can make an informed decision as to how we should proceed.

We’re not terribly thrilled with that answer. The administrators are unlikely to include cutting their own pay and jobs as one of the options.

We also e-mailed Superintendent Fennoy and COO Wanda Paul, with similar questions to the ones Brill answered. We did not get a direct response from Fennoy or Paul, but rather got an anonymous response from the district media staff:

Our questions:

Superintendent Fennoy and COO Paul,

Does the school district have a plan to cut 650 teachers from art, music, pe, careers, and choice programs if the ballot question fails?

Where did the 650 number come from?

Has the district considered other alternatives such as lowering administrator pay or cutting administrator positions? Any other alternatives?

And the anonymous response:

The District has a current .25 mil approved by voters that funds the salaries of 650 arts, career, pe, and health teachers. It is due for renewal this November – the District is asking for a full 1 mill this November.

Should the referendum not pass in November, the District will have to cut $50 million, the amount currently funded by voters, from its budget. This is an extensive amount of money that would have to include deep cuts at the district and school level. Since 70% of the District’s budget is in manpower, there would undoubtedly be cuts of positions at all levels, from support positions, to teachers, to administrators.

This will have a negative impact on our ability to serve students and compensate our employees. Hundreds of jobs will be eliminated and remaining employees may be subject to unpaid furloughs as we work to balance the budget. There will be no prospect of employee raises for teachers or any other employee group in the foreseeable future if the District is forced to make these draconian budget cuts.

It is telling that the response does not in any way explain the 650 number they keep repeating. And it does not limit the potential cuts to the specific ones mentioned in the political messaging we’re all paying for.

“There would undoubtedly be cuts of positions at all levels, from support positions, to teachers, to administrators.”

That is very different. But we think we’ve figured it out. The district’s answer references a $50 million cut. As described above cutting 650 teachers would add up to $50 million. So the district’s numbers indicate they plan to cut only teachers. However, if the response we received today is accurate, the repeated message about funding for 650 teachers is a lie. The district has a history of lying to the public in order to win a tax increase, and the board follows by giving pay raises to the liars despite ongoing failures to fix simple things like air conditioning.

It is also interesting to note the political decision made by the district staff and school board. Facing the expiration of the .25 mill tax, they decided to reach for a full 1 mill, a 400% tax increase. An alternative strategy might have been one measure to renew the existing .25 mill tax along with a second measure to add on another .75 mill tax.

The increase will cost the typical West Boca homeowner roughly $400 per year. The actual increase will depend on the home’s appraised value.

Residents should be reassured by the other e-mail we received from the district today. The important work of our administrators will go forward no matter what:

Perhaps some of our readers thought the purpose of our schools was to educate children. Nope. It’s to help vendors build multi-million dollar companies and keep administrators employed and well paid.

RatOn Restaurants: Roaches, Rodents and More in West Delray

Fratelli’s Italian Grill at Atlantic and Jog had the worst inspection report in late September with a closure for roaches and rodents.

Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found….approximately over 50 live roaches in reach in cooler gasket at cook line , approximately 10 live roaches underneath floor mat at cook line, 2 live roaches in oven by the wall at cook line.

Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found….two fresh rodent droppings, approximately 20 dry rodent droppings inside cabinet below coffee and soda dispenser.

They had a total of 24 violations, 6 of them high priority, with a stop sale for temperature abuse on the tomato soup. Inspectors came back the next day and found “6 live roaches in attached draining tray below reach in cooler at kitchen.”

There were more big numbers in West Delray including Apeiro in Delray Marketplace. Apeiro had 21 violations with a whopping 12 marked high priority. Several items were hit with a stop sale order for temperature abuse:

eggplant spread 51°, chicken wings 51°, feta 45°, tziatziki sauce 46° … roasted tomato 53, saffron cream sauce 51°, pasta 55° butter 52°

There was another stop sale for expired home made Caesar dressing, an administrative complaint for “approximately 10 flies in Dishwashing area landing on cleaned dishes,” and a dishmachine not adequately sanitizing dishes.

Two follow-up inspections continued to show problems including more temperature issues on numerous items the next day, and still a few more minor issues the day after that.

Also in Delray Marketplace, Terra Fiamma had 21 violations including 6 high priority. Other big numbers in West Delray include:

  • Basilic Vietnamese (21 violations, 6 high priority)
  • Bagel Tree (19, 7)
  • Yellowtail Modern Asian (20, 6)
  • Cinebowl & Grille (14, 6)

In West Boca, China Wok in Sandalfoot Square had 23 violations, 4 high priority. La Casa de Peinado near Sandalfoot on 441 had 22 violations, 3 high priority. Mozart Cafe at Powerline and Camino Real had 18 violations, 4 high priority.

Good News

On the bright side, the Shadowood theater had a perfect inspection. Brooklyn Boys Pizza in Shadowood and the Chipotle on Glades at Butts were near perfect with just one minor violation for each. Inspectors found 3 violations each for Puccini’s Pizzeria on Yamato at 441, Morton’s Steakhouse in Town Center, Willie’s Sushi Bar in Polo Club Shoppes, and Holloway’s Irish Pub in Boca Pointe.

One of our favorite places, Teriyaki Madness in Mission Bay, had only four minor violations. The newish West Delray BurgerFi on Atlantic near the Turnpike also had four.

Inspectors reported five violations each for City Fish Market, First Watch on St. Andrews, and the Chipotle on Palmetto Park near Powerline.

Boca Pointe’s plaza had a licensing inspection for Don Chepos Taco Shop.

Other notables in this report:

  • Shula Burger in Delray Marketplace (7 violations, 4 high priority)
  • Tijuana Flats on Powerline near Palmetto (7, 0)
  • Pollo Tropical on St. Andrews (7, 1)
  • Boca Indian Grill in Mission Bay (8, 2)
  • Shinju Buffet on Glades (8, 1)
  • Tilted Kilt on Airport Road (9, 1)
  • Padano in Loggers’ Run (10, 0)
  • Tempura House on Clint Moore at 441 (11, 2)
  • Ditmas at Boca Grove (11, 4)
  • Batch Gastropub in Delray Marketplace (11, 3)

Our full spreadsheet for this report is here as a pdf or below:

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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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Lasorda Killed in Accident with Boca Police Vehicle

Joseph Smokey Lasorda, picture from Facebook.

Joe “Smokey” Lasorda died last night in an accident with an unmarked Boca Raton police SUV. Lasorda, 83, was the brother of Tommy Lasorda, former manager of the LA Dodgers and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Smokey was also the founder of the former Lasorda’s Restaurant and Pizzeria in Exton, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. He had retired to Florida and lived in Colonnade at Glen Oaks near Yamato and Jog Road (upper left corner of the map, below).

The accident happened at the intersection of Military Trail and Potomac at the southeast corner of Lynn University.

Intersection of Miltary Trail and Potomac; Image and map data from Google Maps.

According to an accident report from the Palm Beach Sheriff’s office, Sgt. Doug Immler of Boca PD was on duty, traveling southbound in an unmarked Chevy Traverse. Lasorda was traveling northbound on Military and turned left toward Potomac, causing the collision. The two vehicles then came into contact with a third vehicle that was stopped on Potomac. Sgt. Immler sustained minor injuries and the other driver was unhurt.

Joe “Smokey” Lasorda’s profile picture from Facebook.

The media relations staff from PBSO and Boca PD have both been responsive to our inquiries. The accident occurred inside the city and it seems wise for Boca PD to have called in PBSO to conduct the investigation. The PBSO Vehicle Homicide Unit determined that Sgt. Immler had a steady green light and was not at fault in the accident. They are working on an accident reconstruction and we know from experience that takes time.

Sgt. Immler’s father is Mark Immler, former chief of Boynton Beach PD and currently employed as an attorney for Boca PD. Sgt. Immler’s brother Zachary Immler was a police officer in West Palm Beach who made the news in the wrong way recently for stealing money during a narcotics investigation.

Sgt. Immler, right, with city council member Robert Weinroth

42 Violations at Kanpai: RatOn Restaurants

Kanpai restaurant in Boca Raton

East Boca’s Kanpai leads off this week’s restaurant inspection report with a whopping 42 violations. If there’s a bright side, only 2 of the violations were marked high priority.

  • Employee touched soiled surface and then engaged in food preparation, handled clean equipment or utensils, or touched unwrapped single-service items without washing hands. – cooked using cellphone and texting while at the same time preparing food on cook line.
  • Server handled soiled dishes or utensils and then picked up plated food, served food, or prepared a beverage without washing hands. – server scrapping plates and preparing leftovers-for-take Home, and returning to food service, all with out handwashing

Kanpai had 25 violations back in April.

That was the only truly big number in the report. No other restaurant got more than 20 violations. Notables with 15 or more violations include Nick’s New Haven Pizza near Town Center (17 violations, 4 high priority); Einstein Bagel on Powerline (16, 2); and Dominic’s near Home Depot (15, 2).

Good News

On the real bright side, Shake Shack on Glades near FAU had a perfect inspection.

In Mission Bay both Domino’s Pizza and Tijuana Flats were near perfect with 1 minor violation each. There were several others with just one violation including Tanzy, iPic Theater and Rack’s in Mizner Park, Trattoria Romana on Palmetto and Flakowitz on Federal Highway.

We consider two violations to be very good and there were several of those as well:

  • Rancheritos de Boca in Somerset Shoppes
  • Fit Foodz Cafe on Clint Moore near 441
  • Toojays and Manhattan Joe’s Pizza in Polo Club Shoppes
  • Toojays near Town Center
  • Chick Fil A in Town Center
  • Cinemark Theater

Shen’s Peking at Glades and Lyons had 3 violations, 1 high priority.

Way Beyond Bagels on Clint Moore at 441 had 4 violations.

Bruce’s of Great Neck in Boca Greens had 6 violations.

Pho Boca on Glades and Boon’s in Boca Greens had 7 violations each.

And the not-so-great 10 and up club this week counts some of our favorite places: Chow Thai and Thick and Thin Pizza from Sandalfoot Square; Stella’s Pizza in Boca Greens; and Ben’s Deli on 441 at Clint Moore.

As usual our full spreadsheet is below.

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RatOn Restaurants: Ruvens and Rural Restaurant Violations

Ruvens in Delray; image by Google.

Inspectors hit Ruvens hard in their latest inspection report. The deli restaurant on Jog Road in Delray was reported as having 31 violations including 10 marked high priority. The worst of it was a sweet cream cheese sauce with “mold-like growth” that appeared to be six weeks old.

  • Food with mold-like growth in sweet cream cheese sauce in walk in cooler. Prep date 6/25/18. See stop sale.
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit……tuna salad, chicken salad, egg salad, roast beef , beef brisket, white fish salad all at temperature between 46°-51° in display case at front line. Per operator food being held less than four hours. Employee moved food to walk in cooler at time of food …..butter 65°, cream cheese 61° in reach in cooler at kitchen. Operator not aware how long Food being out of temperature ( other food 37°-38° in same cooler) . Operator discarded food at time of inspection. **Corrective Action Taken**
  • 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. ……chicken goulash 51° in a dipper than 4 inches container with covered in walk in cooler. Per chef it is yesterday left over food from hot holding . See stop sale.
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above….cabbage soup top part 99° to 102° when cook stair it was 166° . Advised cook stair food often. **Corrective Action Taken**
  • Raw animal food not properly separated from ready-to-eat food…..raw burger next to over storing bread in tall reach in cooler at kitchen. PIC properly stored it at time of inspection. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food marked with a date that exceeds 7 days after opening/preparation….cream cheese sauce mold growth in it ,prep date was 6/25/18. Employee discarded food at time of inspection. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Single-use gloves not changed as needed after changing tasks or when damaged or soiled….employee touched Dishmachine and then grabbed bread without changing gloves and wash hands. Discussed with employee, employee changed gloves and washing hands at time of inspection. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Stop Sale issued due to food not being in a wholesome, sound condition….mold growth in cream cheese sauce
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse…. chicken goulash 51° in a dipper than 4 inches container with covered in walk in cooler. Per chef it is yesterday left over food from hot holding
  • Wiping cloth sanitizer solution exceeds the maximum concentration allowed….over ++200 ppm. Operator corrected it at 200 ppm at time of inspection. **Corrected On-Site**

Another bad inspection report was for La Rural, a relatively new Argentinian steakhouse on 441 in Parkland, north of Hillsboro. They had 21 violations including 7 high priority. They found a dish of pears that had been cooked over three weeks earlier.

  • In-use utensil stored in unclean water at or above 135 degrees Fahrenheit. Water was at 122F, employee moved water to reheat. **Corrective Action Taken**
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. 18 lbs. Sausage 46-59F held since 8/7/2018 in reach in cooler flip top at end of cookline with ambient temperature of 66 F. See stop sale.
  • Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Rice held at 58F on steam table, per chef just turned off to clean. Steam table is located opposite of stove. Operator reheated rice to 178F **Corrected On-Site**
  • Raw animal food stored over or with ready-to-eat food in reach-in freezer – not all products commercially packaged. Raw beef ribs on top of cooked ham in reach in freezer by dry storage. Operator moved cooked ham to top shelf. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food marked with a date that exceeds 7 days after opening/preparation. 3 lbs Cooked pears in walk-in cooler cooked on 7/16.
  • Stop Sale issued due to food not being in a wholesome, sound condition. Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food marked with a date that exceeds 7 days after opening/preparation. 3 lbs Cooked pears in walk-in cooler cooked on 7/16. **Warning**
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. 18 lbs. Sausage 46-59F held since 7/7/2018 in reach in cooler flip top at end of cookline with ambient temperature of 66 F.

Two other restaurants had 20 or more violations: Dean Anthony’s Express Pizza on Yamato east of Military Trail (24 violations, 3 high priority) and China Spring on 441 in West Boca, near the Sandalfoot Cumberland Farms (20, 2).

Just below that were some surprises including:

  • Burt & Max in Delray Marketplace (19 violations, 8 high priority)
  • La Pizzeria on Sample in Margate (18, 8)
  • Bonefish Macs on Sample in Coral Springs (18, 5)
  • Picanha Brazil on 441 near Sandalfoot (17, 2)
  • Long Island Bagel on 441 near Target (17, 4)
  • Orient House Express on SW 18th near Military (17, 4)
  • Smokey Bones on 441 near Target (16, 5)
  • Sweet Tomatoes on Beracasa (16, 5)
  • Packy’s in Loggers’ Run (15, 4)
  • Yakitori Sake House in Royal Palm Place (15, 3)

Good News

Five restaurants had perfect inspections. In West Boca it was the Wendy’s on Glades near Lyons Road. Also notable was La Tre Vietnamese on East Palmetto Park Road and Sapori in Royal Palm Place.

Near-perfect inspections (1 violation) were reported for the First Watch in Mission Bay and two Chipotles in West Boca – the one at Glades and 441, and the one on Military Trail near the Office Depot HQ. Vinny’s All Day Cafe in the Woodfield plaza also had only one violation.

Zinger’s Deli and Einstein Bagles, both in Shadowood, had only two violations each.

Three violations each were reported for Miller’s Ale House on Glades near Lyons, LaSpadas Hoagies near Town Center, Brendy’s Ice Cream near Doris Market, and Bolay in Polo Club Shoppes.

As usual our full spreadsheet for this report is below:

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