A Niceville and Destin restaurant were both closed after high priority violations were found by state health inspectors.
Two area restaurants, were recently shut down after state health inspectors found high priority violations in the establishments.
Cafe Bienville (777 John Sims Parkway), was cited for 14 total high priority, intermediate and basic violations during a routine visit by state inspectors on Dec. 4, The restaurant was able to re-open later in the day on Dec. 4 after meeting inspection standards.
One high priority violation came from approximately 40 rodent droppings found under the counter on the floor beneath the soda station and the cash register.
Another high-priority violation came from having a toxic substance or chemical stored by food after inspectors found a sanitizer bucket on a table used for food prep.
Two of the restaurant’s high priority violations came from an employee who handled soiled dishes or utensils then handled clean dishes or utensils without washing hands in between.
The report also said an employee touched a bare body part and then engaged in food preparation and handling of clean equipment and utensils. The employee then touched their face and hat with bare hands and proceeded to prepare food.
Three violations pertained to how food was held — with a variety of sandwich meats, dressings and cheeses held at temperatures almost 20 degrees higher than the required 41 degrees Fahrenheit for up to two hours. Two containers of feta cheese were also cited for having been in use more than seven days after they were opened.
Inspectors were able to re-open the restaurant on Dec. 4 when they returned to find just four basic violations.
Jersey Mike’s Subs in Destin (817 Harbor Boulevard) was closed on Dec. 2 after two high priority violations were discovered. The first high priority violation was for the presence of insects, rodents or other pests after live ants were observed in the dining area in a steady line from the front door to a garbage can.
Another high priority violation was found when roach activity was present, with 13 live roaches observed by inspectors. Seven were under the cook line make bar and six were on the pipes and wall behind the stove.
On Dec. 4, Jersey Mike’s Subs filed an "Out of Business" request with the State of Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.