PANAMA CITY — Two Bay County restaurants were closed in the past month after health inspectors found live roaches, pills stored on the cook line and pork products kept at ill-advised temperatures, according to official reports.
Hofbrau Beer Garden, 701 Pier Park Drive, was one of the closures, while an Edgewater Beach Resort restaurant called Waves Bar & Grill at Tidewater, 16819 Front Beach Road, also was closed temporarily this past month by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations (DBPR). For both restaurants, sanitation and safety specialists reported finding conditions that could contribute directly to a food-borne illness or injury at the time of their respective inspections. Both corrected the health concerns before a follow-up inspection a day afterward and were allowed to reopen, state inspectors reported.
DBPR specifies the inspections are simply snapshots of a business at that time only.
Inspectors arrived at about 2:45 p.m. March 24 to Waves Bar & Grill, where they reported finding pork products — such as pulled pork, diced ham and sausage patties — being kept on the cook line at temperatures greater than the recommended 41 degrees. DBPR officials also found evidence of roach activity when they found 45 live roaches “on the cook line underneath the wheel area of the reach-in coolers,” according to reports.
Management of the restaurant did not respond to a request for comment.
Waves Bar & Grill was closed for the day but allowed to reopen after a follow-up inspection the next morning. It was the first time the business has been closed for health concerns.
A few weeks earlier, inspectors arrived at about 10 a.m. Feb. 27 at Hofbrau in Pier Park. There they reported finding a pill bottle on the cook line, which was immediately removed by the cook. Inspectors also reported finding one live roach on a plate in the cook line, one live roach under the reach-in cooler of the cook line and nine live roaches under the dishwasher, officials reported.
One of Hofbrau’s owners, Jeremy Pitt, said the inspectors came in the morning as the cooks opened the kitchen, and the pill bottle was for ibuprofen. He also disputed the severity of the roach activity.
“I guess it’s a less than perfect situation,” Pitt said. “It wasn’t a big issue like they were everywhere. That wasn’t the case.”
Pitt said Hofbrau afterward removed all of the kitchen equipment to clean. He already had an exterminator coming twice a week, and the business now has adopted new policies to prevent anything similar in the future.
It was the first incident of its kind for the restaurant.