A recent story from WTSP 10 News states that longtime Main Street eatery Captain's Pizza closed last week after a state agency found a staggering 72 critical health code violations over four days of inspections last month.
According to the article, which was published on the news station's website last Thursday:
- 72 critical violations were discovered, including slime in the ice machine, roaches in the dining room and kitchen and cigarette ashes on the food prep table
- the restaurant has been closed following the most recent inspection
- the owner might have suffered an injury while attempting to repair some of the problems
- a maintenance man said the pizzeria might remain closed permanently
Safety Harbor Patch obtained four reports filed by the Florida Deptartment of Business & Professional Regulation that outline a litany of violations, both critical and non-critical in nature, for the restaurant, which has been part of the downtown dining scene for over 30 years.
Non-critical violations include utensils in poor condition and employees with no hair restraints and dirty hands, while critical violations include lack of thermometers in holding units, food with mold-like growth on it and and the accumulation of dead animals, insects and rodent droppings underneath a kitchen cabinet.
In total there were 120 violations listed in the reports, 72 critical and 48 non-critical.
A phone call to the restaurant was not answered on Sunday.
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