38 pieces of rodent feces meant a Bahama Breeze in Broward wasn’t fit to stay open

Mice? Rats? Whichever form of forbidden restaurant rodent — we’re not betting on gerbils or hamsters — it marked its territory inside of a Bahama Breeze in Pembroke Pines.

A state inspector noticed the rodent regularity on Wednesday when the chain restaurant was forced to close after a failed inspection. And someone else apparently noticed it, too, since the inspection began with a complaint filed with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

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Here are some of the violations the inspector discovered at The Breeze:

Bahama Breeze, 11000 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines: Complaint inspection, 12 total violations, three High Priority violations.

We lead off with a staple: “Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine/bin.” This ice machine was at the rear cookline and it had “black, mold-like substances built up” inside of it.

The floor at the front cookline was “covered with standing water.”

That’s inviting to flying insects, and 10 were landing on clean food containers and utensils fresh out of the dishwasher.

Bahama Breeze, 11000 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines
Bahama Breeze, 11000 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines

In the dry storage area, there was an “uncovered container with pumpkin seeds.”

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It’s also inviting the furry quadrupeds that leave feces. Nine rodent droppings dotted the floor under cooking equipment at the front line cooking station. Another seven were under the bar area three-compartment sink. Remember the ice machine? Six droppings on the ice maker’s ledges. Seven were in the food prep area between the ice machine and walk-in cooler.

That’s 29 of the 38 droppings counted by the inspector.

The Breeze reopened after coming correct on the Thursday re-inspection.