BRADENTON -- Mannatees Sports Grill has closed permanently, just months after it was cited for a serious health violation that it once corrected.
The sports bar unexpectedly closed in June and all of the restaurant's equipment and furniture appears to have been moved out. The bar's operations were registered to Denise Mann of Carmel, Ind., and Bart Mann of Bradenton through Bartmark LLC.
Mannatees, 7423 Manatee Ave., had been shut down April 28 by state restaurant inspectors after finding 57 rodent droppings throughout the kitchen along with a live roach. The droppings were found on storage racks for utensils, food storage equipment, portioning bags and other areas that could come in contact with food. The restaurant reopened the following day after it cleaned the restaurant and passed another inspection.
The Florida Department of Revenue also had a $5,896 tax lien issued against the business in September 2013 for delinquent payment of sales tax, according to court documents.
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The bar had mainly unfavorable reviews on TripAdvisor, with one prophetic reviewer in July 2012 saying the sports bar "will be gone in two years."
The bar also had other prior health violations on file, including a history of rodent droppings. Mannatees opened in the summer 2012, taking over the former Tequila Beach Sport Grille.
The Manatee West Shopping Center at 75th Street and south of Manatee Avenue now is largely va
cant, with Albertsons, Mannatees and most other tenants gone, save for a few stores including Courtesy Cleaners, Subway and M&L Cabinets.
Demolition work to remove an 8,000-square-foot building at the shopping center is slated to begin soon after approval by Bradenton last year. The permit shows the demolition would make way for parking, but no plans are on file to show any redevelopment of the property, said Brady Woods, development services and zoning manager for the city of Bradenton. The plaza is owned by a Washington, D.C., real estate firm, Iron Point Partners, while the former Albertsons space is owned by a company overseen by Och-Ziff Capital Management Group in New York.
Charles Schelle, Herald business reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7095. Follow him on Twitter @ImYourChuck.