Restaurant closed twice after food inspections


Historic City News learned that restaurant operations were ordered stopped until violations were corrected during a routine food inspection held on October 8th, and again on October 9th at Athena Café located at 14 Cathedral Place.

14 critical violations and 10 non-critical violations were reported on October 8th then 11 critical and 10 non-critical violations were reported on October 9th.

A summary of the violations found during the inspection are listed below. The department cites violations of Florida’s sanitation and safety laws, which are based on the standards of U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Code.

In general, critical violations are those that, if not corrected, are more likely to contribute directly to food contamination, illness or environmental damage.

Although we use the industry-standard term “critical”, varying degrees of severity and potential risk to the public require inspectors to assess each situation in determining the appropriate action.

In addition, while an establishment may have multiple violations, the inspectors’ training and judgment formulate the overall result of the inspection to ensure the public health and safety.

While most establishments correct all violations in a timely manner (often during the inspection), the division’s procedures are designed to compel compliance with all violations through follow-up visits, administration action or closure when necessary.

10/08/2009
01b-14-1 Critical. Observed dented/rusted cans. 1 can . Voluntarily discarded
02-07-1 Critical. Observed processed ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food held more than 24 hours not properly date marked after opening. Sliced meats in coolers repeat violation.
02-22-1 Critical. Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food prepared on site and held more than 24 hours with not properly date marked. Items in walkincooler repeat violation.
08a-28-1 Critical. Observed food stored on floor. Numerous in walkinfreezer repeat violation.
08a-29-1 Critical. Observed uncovered food in holding unit/dry storage area. Numerous items in walkincooler repeat violation.
08b-04-1 Critical. Observed cloth used as a food-contact surface. Wetwipe under cutting boards
10-04-1 In-use utensil for nonpotentially hazardous food not stored in a clean, protected location. Tongs over handle . Spatula on soiled oven counter .
14-38-1 Observed utensils in poor condition. Chipped and cracked pans
16-03-1 Critical. Observed accumulation of debris in warewashing machine and associated equipment. Soiled resovoir
20a-10-1 Critical. Dishmachine chlorine sanitizer not at proper minimum strength. 0ppm corrected on site.
21-12-1 Wet wiping cloth not stored in sanitizing solution between uses.
22-20-1 Critical. Observed buildup of slime in the interior of ice machine. Repeat violation.
22-21-1 Critical. Observed soil buildup inside ice bin.
22-23-1 Critical. Observed encrusted, soiled material on slicer. Repeat violation.
22-28-1 Critical. Observed interior of reach-in cooler soiled with accumulation of food residue. Kitchen
23-03-1 Observed build-up of grease on nonfood-contact surface. Numerous surfaces
23-04-1 Observed build-up of mold-like substance on surface of nonfood-contact surface.in three compartment sink
23-05-1 Observed residue build-up on nonfood-contact surface. Numerous containers throughout
23-06-1 Observed build-up of food debris, dust or dirt on nonfood-contact surface. Counters and shelves throughout repeat violation.
35a-05-1 Critical. Observed roach activity as evidenced by live roaches found . 15 live roaches on floor and wall next to ice bin . 2 live on shelf . Ice bin located next to grill in kitchen . 3 dead roaches kitchen floor . 10 live under three compartment sink . 2 dead in ceiling light fixture
36-13-1 Observed grease accumulated under cooking equipment. Heavy build up
36-15-1 Observed food debris accumulated on kitchen floor. Numerous throughout
37-04-1 Observed wall soiled with accumulated black debris in dishwashing area.
47-04-2 Critical. Observed frayed/spliced electrical wires. For reporting purposes only. Under shelf at maketable

10/09/2009
02-07-1 Critical. Violation: 02-07-1 observed processed ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food held more than 24 hours not properly date marked after opening. Sliced meats in coolers repeat violation.
02-22-1 Critical. Violation: 02-22-1 ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food prepared on site and held more than 24 hours with not properly date marked. Items in walkincooler repeat violation.
08a-28-1 Critical. Violation: 08a-28-1 observed food stored on floor. Numerous in walkinfreezer repeat violation.
08a-29-1 Critical. Violation: 08a-29-1 observed uncovered food in holding unit/dry storage area. Numerous items in walkincooler repeat violation.
08b-04-1 Critical. Violation: 08b-04-1 observed cloth used as a food-contact surface. Wetwipe under cutting boards
10-04-1 Violation: 10-04-1 in-use utensil for nonpotentially hazardous food not stored in a clean, protected location. Tongs over handle . Spatula on soiled oven counter .
14-38-1 Violation: 14-38-1 observed utensils in poor condition. Chipped and cracked pans
16-03-1 Critical. Violation: 16-03-1 observed accumulation of debris in warewashing machine and associated equipment. Soiled resovoir
21-12-1 Violation: 21-12-1 wet wiping cloth not stored in sanitizing solution between uses.
22-20-1 Critical. Violation: 22-20-1 observed buildup of slime in the interior of ice machine. Repeat violation.
22-21-1 Critical. Violation: 22-21-1 observed soil buildup inside ice bin.
22-23-1 Critical. Violation: 22-23-1 observed encrusted, soiled material on slicer. Repeat violation.
22-28-1 Critical. Violation: 22-28-1 observed interior of reach-in cooler soiled with accumulation of food residue. Kitchen
23-03-1 Violation: 23-03-1 observed build-up of grease on nonfood-contact surface. Numerous surfaces
23-04-1 Violation: 23-04-1 observed build-up of mold-like substance on surface of nonfood-contact surface.in three compartment sink
23-05-1 Violation: 23-05-1 observed residue build-up on nonfood-contact surface. Numerous containers throughout
23-06-1 Violation: 23-06-1 observed build-up of food debris, dust or dirt on nonfood-contact surface. Counters and shelves throughout repeat violation.
36-13-1 Violation: 36-13-1 observed grease accumulated under cooking equipment. Heavy build up
36-15-1 Violation: 36-15-1 observed food debris accumulated on kitchen floor. Numerous throughout
37-04-1 Violation: 37-04-1 observed wall soiled with accumulated black debris in dishwashing area.
47-04-2 Critical. Violation: 47-04-2 observed frayed/spliced electrical wires. For reporting purposes only. Under shelf at maketable

Athena Cafe is licensed through 06/01/2010

Photo credit: © 2009 Historic City News photographer Kerry McGuire

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