Accident: Yamato & 441

Readers began reporting an accident to us a little after 6 am this morning. From Google Maps, traffic problems persist especially southbound on 441 as we write this before 10 am.
The first photo we received was from a reader around 6:20 am, saying that the accident happened around 6:15. He sent us this photo:
Another reader sent us the photo at top and another one, below, showing the heavy PBSO presence.
We have not seen any public updates from PBSO or Fire Rescue. The length of time that it’s taking to clear up, along with the top photo, suggests that there may have been a fatality or near-fatality. In those situations the Vehicle Homicide Unit is called in to investigate.
As always, we thank our readers for alerting us and sending us photos. We keep them anonymous unless they request to be identified.

SOL Children Theatre presents Hairspray

hairspraysolchildrenSOL Children Theatre’s Summer Camp will be presenting Hairspray at the The Levis JCC Sandler Center on August 6th and 7th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 each. To buy tickets call 561-447-8829 or seat yourself.
The Broadway production of Hairspray opened in 2002. It was based on the 1988 John Waters film. The musical is about a teenager, Tracy Turnblad, who dreams of dancing on The Corny Collins show and the features 1960s dance music and rhythm and blues. Tracy launches a campaign to integrate the show. The musical won 8 Tony Awards.

Restaurant Inspection Report: July 2014

For the worst of July, see our report earlier on 8 restaurants shut down for roaches and rodents.
That's a Wrap
This is the rest of our report. The bright spots in West Boca were two restaurants in Mission Bay Plaza that had zero violations: That’s a Wrap and the new Gyro Room. Also perfect were: Brooklyn Boys Pizza in Shadowood; Lindburgers and Jimmy John’s in Westwinds of Boca; Jon’s Place and Einstein Bagel on Powerline; Lakeside Terrace (Glades near the Turnpike); and both Monet Cafe and Jersey Mike’s in the Garden Shops of Boca (Powerline and Palmetto Park). Congratulations to all of them!
Brooklyn Boys
Four others in Mission Bay had pretty good inspections: Tijuana Flats had two violations; Rotelli’s and First Watch each had three; and Jon Smith Subs had seven violations on a complaint inspection. None of them required any follow-up.
In the 33428 zip code (west of Lyons and south of Glades), Casa do Pao in Northwest Sandalfoot Plaza. They did okay with 5 violations, and no follow-up required.
Three West Boca restaurants tied for worst with 15 violations: Boca Kosher Bagel in Boca Grove, Dominic’s I (near Party City), and Shanghai City Chinese near Lakeside Terrace (Glades at the Turnpike). Dominic’s II in Westwinds of Boca (Publix & Home Depot plaza) had 12 violations. Taso’s Greek and Chipotle in the same plaza had five violations each, and Jersey Mike’s only had two.
Our favorite Chinese place, Bamboo Wok, had 11 mostly minor violations as well. That won’t stop us from getting take-out. Sushi Yama Japanese also had 11 violations. Oba Brazilian on SW 18th (near Carrabba’s) had 10 violations. They also had 10 violations in our February inspection report.
One of our favorite Italian places, Stallone’s, had 9 violations including 4 marked as “high priority” but no follow-up was required. The concerns were mostly related to food temperatures and they were not far off the required levels. Corrective measures were taken. Butcher Block Grill at the western end of Camino Real also had 9 violations on a complaint inspection.
Hashi Sushi Thai in Shadowood had 8 violations. With all the construction going on we’re not sure anyone can get in there anyway.
In Somerset Shoppes, Efe’s Bistro and Saito’s Japanese Steakhouse each had 6 violations. Pei Wei Asian Diner on Beracasa Way also had 6 violations.
Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza in Boca Grove had a respectable four violations, as did La Granja by Town Center.
In Boca Lyons Plaza (southwest corner of Glades & Lyons), Utopia Bagels had 5 violations. Yokohama Sushi and Steve’s Wood Fired Pizza each had 3 violations, all minor.
For the rest of our report there are some highlights and lowlights. Starting at the bottom, Japango in Parkland’s Riverstone Shoppes (on 441 just south of Loxahatchee Road) had 23 violations, though no follow-up was required. ABC Chinese Restaurant on Hillsboro in Deerfield Beach had 24 violations and was issued a warning.
In East Boca, Red’s Backwoods BBQ and Yakitori Sake House each had 14 violations. Yakitori also received a warning and a stop-sale. Looking at the report this seems a bit excessive as it relates to tofu not being kept cold enough at the soup station.
Cannoli Kitchen on Federal Highway had 10 violations and a warning.
On the bright side Flashback Diner and Chop’s Lobster Bar in East Boca both had perfect inspections.
For a full report see our spreadsheet with 130 restaurants in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Coconut Creek and Parkland:
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8 Shut Down: Restaurant Inspections

This is the worst set of restaurant inspections we’ve seen since we started. In just over a week’s time eight restaurants had to be temporarily closed as a result of roaches, rodents and other problems.

Update: The rest of our restaurant inspection story is at July Restaurant Inspections.

Six of these closures happened on July 24th in Festival Flea Market in Pompano Beach. It draws shoppers from a broad area including West Boca. It’s right off the Turnpike at Sample Road. The six restaurants were S & M Bagel Exchange, Far East Wok, All Star Pizza, Subway, Pita Nosh, and Munch & Chat. The bagel place had a total of 26 violations, the most of any we looked at in July. We’d add a 27th for using the term “S & M” in their name.
In addition, the McDonald’s at Clint Moore and Jog was closed on the 16th after inspection revealed roach activity:

Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Approx. 5 live roaches behind small cooler on the front cook line and front counter area , approx. 10 live roaches behind the English muffin speed rack on the front cook line and front counter area , appox. 5 live behind the bread speed rack in the front cook-line and front counter area, 1 live roach under the beverage cooler next to the flat surface grill, approx 10 live behind reach in cooler on cook line.

And in Royal Palm Place (East Boca south of Mizner Park), The Funky Biscuit was also temporarily closed on the 16th for rodent activity:

Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found, 1 under oven, semi moist, 5 under hand washing sink,semi moist, approx. 10 by hot water heater, dry.

All but one restaurant was able to reopen the next day. The exception was Pita Nosh in the flea market, which still had rodent issues the next day:

Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. … Over 100 fresh and dry droppings along walls and under equipment

They were able to reopen the day after that, though they still had four “intermediate” violations including:

Intermediate – Certified Food Manager or person in charge lacks knowledge of employee health policy and health requirements.
Intermediate – Certified Food Manager or person in charge lacks knowledge of foodborne illnesses and symptoms of illness that would prevent an employee from working with food, clean equipment and utensils, and single-service items.

Oddly both Subway and the bagel place were allowed to reopen on the 25th even though the inspector still found roach activity. The roaches were fully cleared out on the next day’s inspection. Down Home Deli in the flea market was not shut down but did have 15 minor violations and a warning.

Also see the rest of our inspection report.

Channel 10 has more details on the Festival Flea Market shutdowns.

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