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Closed restaurants receive health inspections
The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations says that 14 restaurants in Escambia County are recognized with having zero sanitation and safety violations.
Channel 3's Kalie Desimone took a harder look at some of the food establishments and you might be surprised by what she found.
Many times here at WEAR we tell you about restaurants who have received this spectacular rating from inspectors, but when we started to take a closer look at this list some things didn't seem right.
Here is the list of the 14 restaurants the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation's says do not have any sanitation and safety violations.
7 of the 14 are the concession stands at the Pensacola Bay Center.
We did a phone interview with the Director of Food and Beverage at the center. He had this to say about the inspection that occurred on Monday April, 7th.
Mack Gillenwater, Dir. of Food and Bev., Pensacola Bay Center
"There's a lot that goes into food safety all the way across the board, there's a lot of moving parts and it's just very important."
2 more of the restaurants on the list are the concession stands at the Pensacola Bayfront Stadium, home to the Blue Wahoos.
Chris Voorhees is the Executive Chef at the ballpark and says an inspector came by the stadium Tuesday May 8th.
Voorhees says he wasn't surprised that his team received such a good rating from the health inspector.
"We go through a lot of necessary and unnecessary steps to insure that everything is being done by the books."
But when we went to visit the given addresses of the other restaurants on the list, we couldn't find most of them.
Dawgs and Treats LLC's license gives the address, and it's actually a home here in the County.
Detriot Hot Dog Factory license says they are at 3200 N Palafox....that would be here in the parking lot of Liberty Lanes. WE talked to a worker at the bowling alley and they told us they hadn't seen the cart set up in over a year.
Dog-on-it's license says they are at location... the property currently has a for sale sign on it.
Jeffrey W Simplins Dollar Dogs license gives this address that is the same as Tas-t-o's. A worker there says she has never seen a food cart operate here.
All of these food carts have been inspected within the past week.
The the florida department of business and professional regulation's says we couldn't find restaurants because they are 'food carts'. And can be set up any where.
Finally the last restaurant on the list really confused us. It is Penelli's Restaurant Italiano.
When we arrived at the given address we found the that business was closed. In fact while we were there the owner of the business told us the restaurant had been closed for 6 years.
So how does that restaurant get a zero sanitation and safety violations when it's not even open...?
Here's what the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation's had to say about it.
"This location still holds a current, active license with the department. As such, and per the inspection requirements outlined in Florida law, the department is required to visit the location to note if the establishment is serving the public and if it isn't, that is noted on the inspection report. "-Fl Department of Business & Professional Regulation
It's confusing to say the least says both Chris Voorhees from the Pensacola Bayfront Stadium and Mack Gillenwater from the Pensacola Bay Center
Chris Voorhees, "How could someone get a perfect score if they aren't open?"
Mack Gillenwater, "It doesn't give you a good feeling. Somebody has dropped the ball somewhere along the line."