Dirty Dining: Cody's Original Roadhouse warned about 40 live & dead roaches in kitchen & dining room

Posted at 11:07 PM, Jul 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-06 02:50:26-04

Cody's Original Roadhouse offers a daily special of 'buy one get one free fajitas' every Wednesday but one location couldn't offer that deal tonight because they're closed.

On Thursday, June 29, inspectors found roach activity inside the Cody's Original Roadhouse at 27405 Wesley Chapel Blvd in Wesley Chapel.

The state saw 40 live and dead roaches near the salad cooler, cook's line, reach in cooler, can opener, salad dressings cooler, dessert freezer, dry storage shelf, and the dining room.

21 violations total were documented which included milk held more than 24 hours and not properly date marked, grease on the cooking equipment, no certified food manager on duty, employees working with no proof of required state training, cutting boards stained, as well as the reach-in freezer, microwave, vegetable chopper and mixer soiled with old food residue.

Inspectors also saw floors covered with standing water, walls soiled with accumulated black debris and no paper towels or soap for employees to wash their hands.

Our ABC Action News crew went out to Cody's on Wednesday night and the Wesley Chapel restaurant was closed with a sign reading 'Under new management. Re-opening soon."

There were no employees inside, no work trucks on the premises and cones blocked off the entrance to Cody's driveway.

ABC Action News anchor Wendy Ryan spoke to Gene Sandobal over the phone, who says he's part of the new management team.

Sandobal explained that the restaurant voluntarily closed when new management took over Monday, June 26. They are also now retraining 70 employees. They also fired the previous manager and are now training two new managers.

Sandobal says Cody's is now correcting all issues and hopes to be back open sometime next week.