MARIANNA — Live roaches on and around an ice cream machine and ill-kept chicken led to the temporary closure of an area restaurant twice in the past month, according to official reports.
In December, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations (DBPR) issued an emergency closure for the Dairy Queen Grill and Chill, State 71 in Marianna. Sanitation and safety specialists reported finding conditions that could contribute directly to a food-borne illness or injury at the time of their inspections. Dairy Queen ultimately corrected the issues and was allowed to reopen, DBPR reports indicate.
DBPR specifies its inspection reports are snapshots of a business at that time only. Dairy Queen in Marianna has an active license.
According to DBPR reports, inspectors arrived Dec. 12 at the Dairy Queen in Marianna to find three “high-priority” violations. Two small flying insects buzzed around the kitchen in a food preparation area, grilled chicken was being held at about 7 degrees above the required temperature and roaches were present in the area of an ice cream maker, officials reported.
“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found,” inspectors wrote. “Total of 22 live roaches. 10 under the prep sink in the ice cream service area. 10 behind ice cream machine. 2 under ice cream make cooler.”
Dairy Queen staff corrected the issues, and the business was allowed to reopen the following day. However, it was short lived.
Inspectors returned on Dec. 27 to find even more roach activity around the ice cream machine, DBPR reported.
“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found,” inspectors wrote. “59 total live roaches. 15 live roaches under ice cream machine. ... 10 live roaches under ice cream machine ... 4 live roaches under prep sink, 10 live roaches in cup holder, 10 live roaches in milkshake station, 10 live roaches in topping cooler.”
Once again, the business corrected the issues. When DBPR returned the following day, they found no violations and the store was allowed to reopen.
Dairy Queen representatives were not available for comment. It appears to be the first time the business has been temporarily closed for health violations, according to DBPR reports.
Adding to the temporary restaurant closures issued by DBPR from earlier in 2018 in the Central Panhandle, December’s closure brings the total to 28 for the year.