Roaches shut down cafe on Cortez Road

Mia’s Cafe, 3985 Cortez Road W., was closed on June 9 by Florida health inspectors.
Mia’s Cafe, 3985 Cortez Road W., was closed on June 9 by Florida health inspectors.

Roaches caused the shutdown of an Italian Cafe on Cortez Road West last week.

▪  Mia’s Cafe, 3985 Cortez Road W., was shut down on June 9 for roaches near a soda machine. “Observed 10 live roaches at soda dispensing machine at kitchen. Soda machine was empty and not in use at time of the inspection,” per a report by state inspectors. Inspectors returned the next day and still found seven live roaches, which kept the establishment closed. Mia’s was cited for five other violations during the last inspection.

Gretta Shelton, co-owner and operator of the Traveling Kitchen food truck, told the Herald in a March Twitter message that she and her husband and business partner Jimmy sublease the Cortez Road West space to Mia’s Cafe and “still work out of there sometimes.”

Two years ago, the Sheltons tried to open a spin-off cafe from their food truck called TK’s Java Sweets at 3985 Cortez Road W. The venture didn’t work out for several reasons, Gretta Shelton said, so they chose to sublease it. The establishment is still listed as “TK’s Java Sweets” in the state inspection search.

▪  Panda Buffet, 3901 Manatee Ave. W., was visited twice on the same day by state inspectors. On the first June 2 visit, inspectors cited the Chinese restaurant for two dozen violations, including a stop sale on “potentially hazardous food due to temperature abuse.” Inspectors returned later in the day to find about a dozen of the violations corrected, but still cited Panda Buffet for food-holding practices, improper employee food-borne illness knowledge and incorrect hand washing techniques.

From previous reports:

▪  Jersey Mike’s, 4020 14th St. W., was cleared of all but two violations after a June 7 visit by inspectors. Restaurant operators were given a time extension to fix equipment in poor repair and fixed a temperature problem on one of the reach-in coolers while the inspectors were present.

▪  Taqueria El Taquito, a mobile food dispensing vehicle with an address of 3010 14th St. W., was shut down on May 22 because of pest activity. Inspectors returned on June 8 and found no pests, but did cite the food truck for eight other violations, including food holding temperatures and food storage with a potential for raw and cooked food cross-contamination.

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Janelle O’Dea: 941-745-7095, @jayohday