Sri Lankan restaurant in Orlando temporarily closes due to roaches

An Orlando restaurant specializing in Sri Lankan cuisine was forced to temporarily shut down last week after roaches were found during a health inspection.

Banana Leaf, which is located at 2504 S Alafaya Trail, Suite 360, was closed on Wednesday, February 28, after the restaurant failed a health inspection conducted by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

During that initial visit on February 28, the restaurant was cited for 18 health code violations, including seven that were considered high priority, according to a report from the department.

The health inspector noted that a total of 20 live roaches were found on the premises, including four roaches under the employee handwashing sink, five roaches in a box containing plastic utensils, three roaches on a storage rack next to the stove, four roaches near the walk-in cooler, one roach inside the walk-in cooler, two roaches crawling on a wall behind a sink, and one roach on the lid of a plastic container.

A total of 50 dead roaches were also observed in the kitchen. In addition, the health inspector found two roach egg sacks under a compartment sink, and another egg sack was observed on the floor under the handwashing sink near the back door.

Other violations listed in the report include: cooked rice that was not consumed or sold within seven days of being prepared; a Walmart bag being used to store meat in the freezer; no hot water being available at the handwashing sink near the kitchen entrance; and shelled eggs being kept in a rack located in the kitchen for four hours with temperatures reaching 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

The restaurant remained closed, and a second inspection was conducted on Friday, March 1. During that visit, the health inspector found one live roach on top of a prep table in the kitchen, one live roach behind a spice rack, one live roach under a table near the kitchen entrance, and another live roach crawling on the wall behind a sink.

Additionally, the health inspector spotted a total of seven dead roaches on the premises. The report stated that another follow-up inspection was required before the restaurant could open its doors.

On Monday, March 4, the health inspector returned to the restaurant for a third inspection. According to the report, no roaches were found and all inspection standards were met.

At around 8:50 a.m. on March 4, Banana Leaf was permitted to reopen.

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