Fernandina Beach restaurant closed due to cockroaches. This is not what they told customers

JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Violations in this week’s restaurant report are pervasive. The usual suspects are involved, including cockroaches, sewage leaks and, of course, an exact rodent droppings count.

This week, however, we found out that a Fernandina Beach favorite may be trying to hide from customers the real reason for its temporary shutdown.

The Surf Restaurant Bar & Beach Motel in Fernandina Beach

Fernandina Beach’s well-rated and popular Surf Restaurant Bar & Beach Motel was closed for five days starting Friday, October 15.

A routine inspection report shows 18 violations were found, including 18 cockroaches alive and 8 dead. A closing order has been issued by the Hospitality and Catering Division under the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

I found The Surf posted on social media on October 15th that it was closed due to “plumbing issues”. The restaurant may have used the closure opportunity to work on plumbing issues in their building, but nothing in the inspector’s reports shows violations for plumbing related issues.

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There were two loosely plumbing related violations, as two bar sinks did not have handwashing soap and one did not have paper towels.

The Surf Restaurant reopened on October 19 with a near-perfect inspection.

RESTAURANT REPORTS: Inspection Failed | Inspection failure | Successful control

Urban Grind Coffee Company in Jacksonville

A complaint brought inspectors to Urban Grind Coffee on October 14.

It was closed after 10 infractions, including 30 rodent droppings that were found. Quick to correct, the downtown cafe reopened the next day after a successful inspection.

RESTAURANT REPORTS: Inspection Failed | Inspection failure | Successful control

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Sea Oats Caffe in St. Augustine

41 dead cockroaches and 10 alive have closed the Sea Oats Caffe at Anastasia Plaza in St. Augustine for a full week, starting October 11.

The inspection report shows a total of 13 infringements. Two concerned the improper storage of cold food.

It reopened on Monday after a successful inspection.

RESTAURANT REPORTS: Inspection Failed | Inspection failure | Successful control

McDonald’s on Atlantic Boulevard in Regency

Raw sewage leaks also closed McDonald’s on Atlantic Boulevard in Regency on October 11.

An inspector wrote in the report that he found “gray water and water with toilet paper” leaking from a portable bathroom – and there was no sink for washing hands.

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A note in the report stated that the building’s washrooms were closed as they were undergoing renovations.

McDonald’s reopened Monday after fixing the issues.

RESTAURANT REPORTS: Inspection Failed | Inspection failure | Successful control

News4Jax oversees restaurant inspections in District 5 each week with the Hotels and Restaurants Division of the Department of Business and Professional Regulations.

District 5 covers Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Marion, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwannee and Union counties.

You can search for your favorite restaurants anywhere in the state and their most recent inspections on DBPR’s licensing portal. You can also file a complaint against a restaurant that might violate health and safety standards.

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