Dirty Dining: Brandon Mall's Ryuu Japanese Steak House temporarily shut down for roaches in kitchen

Posted at 11:05 PM, May 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-12 06:50:43-04

If you were shopping at the Brandon Town Center Mall on Wednesday, you may have noticed the Ryuu Japanese Steakhouse inside the mall was temporarily closed all day and all night.

That's because inspectors found almost a dozen live roaches crawling near the dish area, the restaurant's back door with a gap at the bottom and a large hole in the wall, allowing the insects to get in.


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In a special Dirty Dining report, our I-Team uncovered the Brandon restaurant closed on Wednesday, May 10 at noon and reopened Thursday morning at 8:00 after inspectors gave them the all clear.

Among the other 23 violations accumulated from yesterday and today?

A box of food stored on the floor in the walk-in cooler, a repeat violation.

An employee at the sushi bar changing gloves without washing his hands.

Sushi not marked with a date so employees wouldn't know how old the fish is.

The walls soiled with accumulated black debris in the dishwashing area and black/green mold-like substance inside the ice machine.

ABC Action News anchor Wendy Ryan spoke to one of Ryuu's owners Robert Smith and he said he was shocked. He didn't see the roaches but addressed the problem right away. He called their pest control company and sprayed immediately.

Smith also says he's now having the pest control company spray twice a month so it doesn't happen again.