DESTIN — More than 33 live roaches and 20 small flying insects were just two of the reasons a Destin restaurant was temporarily shut down by health inspectors. 


The Aug. 16 report, which refers to the restaurant at 34940 Emerald Coast Parkway No. 101 as Johnny O'Quigley's, said the roaches in the food prep area were difficult to count because of their rapid movements. The flies were found on and around the soda gun and holster at the front bar.

However, the restaurant has apparently changed its name to O'Quigley's Seafood Steamer & Oyster Sports Bar.

Tailfins/Johnny O'Quigley's on the Destin Harbor is open and has no violations against them, according to an email from the restaurant.

In addition to the bugs at the O'Quigley's Seafood Steamer & Oyster Sports Bar, inspectors also found potentially hazardous food being improperly refrigerated, the report said. The foods improperly refrigerated were diced tomatoes and sliced and shredded cheese.

Some of the intermediate violations were an accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine and the reach-in cooler that was reportedly soiled with food debris. The bottom shelves and interior of the cook line reach-in coolers were soiled with a black mold-like substance and also had food debris.

There were also 10 basic violations. Some of those included a heavy accumulation of grease and food debris on the floor under the front and rear cook lines, uncovered crab in the walk-in freezer and accumulated slime/debris on the soda gun holster.

Johnny O'Quigley's, which has been closed since Aug. 16, reopened Monday afternoon after undergoing a deep clean, according to staff.