Dirty Dining: Hamburger Mary's Bar and Grille shut down temporarily for rodent activity

TAMPA - A popular restaurant in Ybor City was one of two bay area eateries to be shut down last week. There were eight Florida restaurants total closed by the Division of Hotels and Restaurants for the week ending March 10, 2012, because of roach or rodent activity, unlicensed activity or no hand washing.

Hamburger Mary's Bar and Grille at 1800 E. 8th Avenue Unit E-202 in Tampa was shut down because of rodent activity. State inspectors found over 75 rodent droppings throughout the kitchen including near the server area, mini-bar area, dish machine, box soda cage, storage room, ice machine, and hostess stand.

The state also issued Hamburger Mary's a stop sale order on March 6, 2012 because 24 gallons of chili was not properly cooled from 135 degrees to 41 degrees in the correct time-frame. All of that chili had to be thrown out.

Hamburger Mary's had 40 critical violations over the last 14 months and among those were food stored on the floor, potentially hazardous food thawing in standing water, and raw animal food stored over cooked food.

Another local restaurant to be shut down by the state this last week included Tilli's Pizzeria and Cafe at 13037 Cortez Blvd in Brooksville.

Tilli's was disciplined for operating without a current Florida Restaurant License on February 6, 2012. Their license had expired and it's not the first time the eatery was cited for that same violation.

According to the state's records, Tilli's was operating without a license during most of 2011 when inspectors showed up in November, July, and March of that year.

Other critical violations tallied up inside this pizza place over the last year included food not date marked, no certified food manager on duty, and sausage and cheese at an improper temperature.

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