Followup inspection required at Spanish Springs restaurant after high-priority violations found

A followup inspection was required earlier this month at a Spanish Springs Town Square restaurant after high-priority violations were discovered.

An inspector paid a visit Aug. 5 to Demshar’s at 1101 Main St. and found four high-priority violations, five intermediate violations and 12 basic violations.

Demshar’s restaurant in Spanish Springs.

Two of the high-priority violations involved raw animal food, according to a report on file with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Raw animal food was not properly separated from ready-to-eat food and raw chicken was not separated from boiled eggs in a walk-in cooler. In addition, raw animal food was stored over ready-to-eat food in a walk-in cooler and raw beef was stored over bread. Also, there were violations of spinach dip and saffron that were dated and more than seven days old.

The inspector also found some problems with hygiene. An employee had stored personal items in an area designated for food, clean equipment and utensils. Another employee had stored a backpack on canned goods in dry storage. There were no paper towels or mechanical hand-drying device provided at a handwash sink. Dinner napkins were being stored on the floor in dry storage.

In addition, a “potentially hazardous” violation of lobster tail being thawed in standing water was discovered.

An inspector returned one week later for a followup inspection and found only two violations – a cutting board that was no longer cleanable and a reach-in cooler gasket that was torn and in disrepair.