Lauderhill Restaurant Shut Down as Health Inspection Reveals Rodent Infestation

Lauderhill Restaurant Shut Down as Health Inspection Reveals Rodent Infestation

Hazel’s Brunch Bar in Lauderhill. {Google Maps}

By Ryan Yousefi

A Lauderhill eatery was recently ordered closed after a routine inspection discovered ten violations, including evidence of a rodent infestation.

On September 27, Hazel’s Brunch Bar, located at 2992 Northwest 55th Avenue, was ordered to shut down after a routine health inspection by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation uncovered serious violations. 

Among the most concerning violations were signs of rodent activity within the restaurant, including rodent droppings found in several areas, including behind a reach-in freezer chest, in a kitchen cabinet, behind a steam well, and near a mop sink. 

Another serious violation discovered by inspectors was the misuse of a hand wash sink, specifically sinks used for purposes other than hand washing, including filling large water containers. 

In addition, the inspection report noted a build-up of grease and debris on the kitchen floor, particularly near the fryer, which the inspection mentioned could attract pests and pose slip and fall hazards.

The report also revealed that raw animal food was stored directly above ready-to-eat food in the bottom portion, without a complete physical barrier to prevent cross-contamination.

As a result of these multiple violations, Hazel’s Brunch Bar was ordered to cease operations temporarily until these issues are resolved and the establishment is deemed safe for customers and staff. The management has been directed to take corrective action and undergo a reinspection before reopening.

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Ryan Yousefi
Ryan Yousefi
Ryan Yousefi has lived in Coral Springs for over 30 years. He has worked as a writer for multiples outlets over the years, including the Miami New Times where he has covered sports and culture since 2013. He holds a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in Business Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.
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