Hurricane Oyster Bar and Grill failed follow-up inspections on March 21 and March 23 before being allowed to re-open.

SANTA ROSA BEACH — Five high-priority violations led to the closure of Hurricane Oyster Bar and Grill (37 Logan Lane #4) by state inspectors from March 20-23.


The first visit from inspectors, on March 20, revealed 14 total violations - five high priority, four intermediate and five basic and the restaurant was temporarily closed, according to a report from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.


The most serious of the high priority violations was 11 live roaches observed at the left end of the cook line, invoice box, right end of cook line, on the floor at the right end of the cook line counter and under the steam well on the front expo line. There was also a high-priority violation for not having single-used gloves for food handlers, the report said.


There was also insect activity in the kitchen, where three live, small, flying insects were observed. There were also high-priority violations for food storage being held at higher than 41 degrees Fahrenheit, including sour cream that was held at 62 degrees.


The restaurant failed two follow-up inspections on March 21 and March 23 and remained closed after three live roaches were observed both times before being allowed to re-open after passing an inspection on March 24.