August was a much busier month for local restaurant inspectors than July, which makes it even more encouraging that each and every one of the 100-plus eateries to be put under a microscope last month made it through their inspections without having to flip their “open” sign over to “closed.”
The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Hotels and Restaurants periodically inspects all restaurants, bars, food trucks, catering companies and businesses with a food license to see if their kitchen and practices are up to snuff.
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In Escambia County over the last 30 days, only 15 of the 92 restaurants visited failed to pass their first inspection. In Santa Rosa County, 45 places were inspected and five of those failed on their first visit.
Sixty-six restaurants in total across both counties had reason to celebrate in August, as that’s the amount of businesses that passed their first inspection without a single violation.
Here are those 64 blemish-free restaurants in the month of August:
- Joe’s Caribe LLC.
- The Ticket Sports Bar food truck
- Whataburger (5070 N. Ninth Ave.)
- Subway (5151 N. Ninth Ave.)
- Sildelines Sports Bar & Restaurant
- Popeyes (3411 N. Pace Blvd.)
- Ragtyme Package and Lounge/Pelican’s Nest
- Moe’s (7175 N. Davis Highway)
- Olive Garden
- Mugs and Jugs
- The Wacked Out Weiner
- Wild Honey Frozen Yogurt
- Trio Community Meals
- Froze Ropes Yogurt LLC.
- Old Hickory Whiskey Bar.
- Sam’s Restaurant & Grill
- Subway (3101 N. Pace Blvd.)
- Red Robin
- Wendy’s (5685 N. Ninth Ave.)
- Po Folks
- Jersey Mike’s (1620 Airport Blvd., Suite 100A)
- Coyote’s Sports Bar
- Shrimp Basket (6501 N. Davis Highway)
- Rocky’s Bar
- Deorum (The Garden at Palafox + Main)
- Sogo Main
- Hardee’s (7137 N. Ninth Ave.)
- The Fat Wagon
- Fresh Food Factory food truck
- D & R Lounge & Package
- Wendy’s (3148 N. Davis Highway)
- Play Pensacola
- The Fishing Hole
- Jimmy John’s (501 E. Gregory St., Unit C)
- Perdido Key Oyster Bar
- O’Zone Pizza Pub
- Blue Angel Grill
- Jo’s As Always
- Perdido Key Oyster Bar
- The Po-Boy Shack
Santa Rosa County
- Ruby Tuesday (3805 Gulf Breeze Parkway)
- Subway (Walmart, 3767 Gulf Breeze Parkway)
- Rotolo’s Pizzeria
- Dickey’s Barbecue Pit (1480 Tiger Park Lane)
- The Bridge Bar and Sunset Lounge
- Dairy Queen Grill and Chill (20 Daniel Drive)
- Firehouse Subs (3755-C Gulf Breeze Parkway)
- Domino’s Pizza (1933 Ortega St.)
- New Ginger
- Wendy’s (3191 Gulf Breeze Parkway)
- Bella Luna Itialian Bistro
- Lao Ocean
- La Iguana
- The Twist
- Buh’s BBQ LLC.
- Krystal (6663 Caroline St.)
- Royal Mexican Grill
- Golden’s Soul Food
- Firehouse Subs (1894 Andorra St, Unit C3)
- Waffle House (6558 Caroline St.)
- Papa John’s Pizza (6559 W. U.S. 90)
The positive month extended to the amount of administrative complaints that were doled out by the Florida DBPR. Only six restaurants in the two counties combined earned such a complaint, with three of the six being chain restaurants.
An administrative complaint is a form of legal action taken by the division, the process for which must follow the requirements in chapter 120 of Florida statutes. Insufficient compliance after a warning, a pattern of repeat violations or existence of serious conditions that warrant immediate action may result in the division initiating an administrative complaint against the establishment.
“Correcting the violations is important, but penalties may still result from violations corrected after the warning time was over,” the division’s website states.
Jake Newby can be reached at [email protected] or 850-435-8538.