One of Wilton Manors’ most popular bars was temporarily closed last week for several health code violations.

According to records from the Department of Business & Professional Regulation (BPR), the agency charged with overseeing restaurants and bars, GYM Sportsbar, at 2287 Wilton Drive, had its first public inspection in nearly 11 months.

On Jan. 5, an inspection found 12 violations. Seven of those were low-level, “Basic” problems, such as people eating in the kitchen and a slight gap in a door. Warnings were issued and some were corrected then and there. Two “Intermediate” issues, a lack of hand soap and paper towels at a kitchen sink, were corrected then as well.

However, three “High Priority” violations were found:

  1. Raw animal foods not properly separated from each other in holding unit based upon minimum required cooking temperature. Raw shell eggs stored over raw shrimp in cookline drawer unit. Operator stored all items properly.
  2. Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. One live roach between cookline flip top and ice machine. Operator exterminated and removed.
  3. Vacuum breaker missing at mop sink faucet or on fitting/splitter added to mop sink faucet.

Warnings were issued for all violations, but the roach issue was noted as a repeat violation.

Follow Up Inspection Leads to Temporary Shutdown

The BPR returned on Jan. 6 and found some of the same violations. The follow-up report says there were “approximately 12 live roaches under cookline flip top and reach in coolers. One live by back door. Operator immediately exterminated roaches. One live on cookline cutting board. Operator immediately exterminated roaches, removed them and cleaned the areas.”

But what ended up shutting GYM Sportsbar down was a “Stop Sale” order for food safety. The report reads, “Stop Sale issued on time/temperature control for safety food due to temperature abuse. Time/temperature control for safety food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Cookline - drawers - hot dogs (50F); raw chicken (53F); cheese (50F); hot dogs (52F). Per operator items were held in unit overnight. No items pooled or portioned today. Cookline - low boy - buttermilk (52F); cut cabbage (52F). Per operator items were held in unit overnight. No items pooled or portioned today. Advised operator to refrain from using units until such time all TCS items are maintained at 41F and below.”

Short Shutdown

GYM Sportsbar took immediate action to address all the violations, including the food safety issues. On Jan. 7 the establishment resumed full bar and food service, with the BPR declaring GYM Sportsbar “met inspection standards during this visit.” A pair of technical violations were given more time to be addressed.

During a visit on Jan. 10, one staff member said everything was good. On Jan. 7, their Facebook page posted, “Open ready ……. And willing.” One person asked in the comments, “Are you actually open?” Their moderator responded with a “thumbs up” gif.

For a day-by-day look at the reports, visit myfloridalicense.com.