Nearly two dozen restaurants in Alachua County failed to meet health and safety standards in recent inspections, resulting in 20 follow-up inspections and one temporary closure.
In Alachua County, Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation reported 347 violations during 59 recent restaurant inspections. Inspectors labeled 82 violations as a high priority, 74 violations as an intermediate priority and 191 violations as a basic priority across 21 locations.
There were eight restaurants in Alachua County that violated pest standards. Inspectors found 17 restaurants did not follow good handwashing and hygienic practices. The department also handed out 27 violations in the county for food protection and cross-contamination.
Inspectors in Alachua County found 17 restaurants with two or more high-priority violations and 28 restaurants with five or more total violations.
Inspections among Alachua County restaurants with the most violations: Las Carretas Mexican Restaurant, 3501 Sw 2 Ave, was cited on Nov. 17 with 37 total violations. Las Carretas Mexican Restaurant, 3501 Sw 2 Ave, was cited on Nov. 18 with two total violations.
Alachua County restaurant temporarily closed
Tuptim Thai Restaurant & Sushi Bar, at 1228 W. University Ave., was closed on Nov. 21 after inspectors reported six high-priority violations, five intermediate-priority violations and nine basic violations.
Koto Hibachi Express, at 3222 SW 35th Blvd., had a perfect inspection on Nov. 17.
La Ventanita Cubanam, at 219 NW 10th Ave., had a perfect inspection on Nov. 18.
Davids Real Pit Bbq #2, at 5121 NW 39th Ave., was cited on Nov. 17 with one pest violation among seven total violations.
Germain's, 14 NW Seventh Ave., was cited on Nov. 18 with one pest violation among four total violations.
Las Carretas Mexican Restaurant, located at 3501 SW Second Ave., was cited on Nov. 17 with one pest violation among 37 total violations.
Macs Drive Thru, at 129 NW 10th Ave., was cited on Nov. 16 with three pest violations among eight total violations.
Subway Sandwiches & Salads, at 6666 W. Newberry Road, was cited on Nov. 14 with two pest violations among four total violations.
Tuptim Thai Restaurant & Sushi Bar, 1228 W. University Ave., was cited on Nov. 21 with two pest violations among 20 total violations and on Nov. 22 with two pest violations among 20 total violations.
Wahoos Seafood Grill, at 3833 NW 97 Blvd., was cited on Nov. 14 with one pest violation among 10 total violations.
The Copper Monkey West, 14209 W. Newberry Road, Suite A, was cited on Nov. 14 with one pest violation among 19 total violations.
Inspections are reported through the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation, which says each inspection is a snapshot and restaurants could have more or fewer violations on other days.
High-priority violations are those that could cause food poisoning or injuries, such as problems with cooking, cooling and handwashing. Intermediate violations are those that could lead to risk factors that could contribute to food poisoning or injury, such as problems with personnel training. Basic violations are those that violate best practices.
This article originally appeared on The Gainesville Sun: Restaurant closes, others cited in Alachua County after inspections