Ceviche Restaurant in St. Pete back open after failed inspection - FOX 13 News

Ceviche Restaurant in St. Pete back open after failed inspection

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A day after it was forced to temporarily close, Ceviche in St. Petersburg has reopened, it's health code-violations resolved.

"We did a very rigorous check and found everything to be perfect, ready to put it behind us and move forward," said managing partner Jim Snyder.

Snyder is hoping to distance the restaurant from Monday's ugly report from state inspectors, who reported 15 violations, including some high priority ones:

  • More than 25 live roaches found in the kitchen
  • Some foods, including meat, weren't stored at the proper temperature
  • An employee had failed to wash his hands before putting on a new set of gloves.

Customers had mixed reactions.

"Knowing that I mean maybe to have a drink but never order food," said Jonah Rehak.

"Why take a chance? To me, it would be better to go somewhere else and let them work their problems out," said Bob Hemingway.

But some others took the bad news in stride, saying it wouldn't stop them from going back.

"We live in Florida. There's cockroaches," said Melanie Mulholland. "As a matter of fact, I might go after I get my hair done."

"I can say for sure we're doing our best and that it hasn't happened before, and I'm assuming it won't happen again," Snyder said.

Snyder says the problems were addressed quickly Monday. He says the restaurant's location may have played a role in this fine-dining fiasco.

"We are down here by the water in a historic building. Its almost 90 years old, and we've always known there would be challenges with that."

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Ceviche's inspection results were part of public records posted online by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. If you would like to look up a restaurant, you can do so here:

https://www.myfloridalicense.com/insptermsofUse.asp?SID=

 

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