Dirty Dining: Wendy's closes for sewage back-up

Posted at 11:24 PM, Jan 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-12 10:22:45-05

Wendy's is known for its square 'old fashioned' hamburgers, sea salt fries and Frosty, but the state gave the fast food chain a frosty inspection report after walking into one Bay Area location last week.

Our ABC Action News I-Team discovered on Monday, January 4, Wendy's at 606 East 10th Street in Palmetto had to temporarily shut its doors after inspectors found sewage / wastewater backing up through the floor drains at the front counter, kitchen and hand-wash sink.

The state also found live roaches on the floor in the dry storage room inside this Sarasota County location.

Other violations documented include employees touching french fries and chicken nuggets containers with their bare hand when being filled with food, instead of wearing gloves. The self service soda machine was leaking onto the floor in the dining room, and the drain plug was missing at the dumpster.

ABC Action News anchor Wendy Ryan called Wendy's Manager Kathy Robinson, but hadn't heard back as of Monday. She also e-mailed Bob Bertini in the Corporate Media Relations office, but he did not respond as of Monday.