"100 Live Flying Insects:" Coconut Creek Restaurant Shut by Food Inspectors 2

By Kevin Deutsch

Wayback Burgers in Coconut Creek was shut down this month after state inspectors slapped the business with 18 violations, including one for “100 live flying insects landing on bags containing onions,” inspection records show.

The violations, discovered Feb. 10 at the restaurant at 4690 N. State Road 7, Suite 103, included five “high priority” violations, considered the most severe by the state. According to inspection records, the restaurant has not reopened.

The violations discovered by the state included:

– “Food contaminated by live flying insects. Observed live flying insects landing on cut tomatoes at flip-top cooler.”

–  A repeat violation for “live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, food storage area and/or bar area. Observed approximately 100 live flying insects landing on bags containing onions in the prep area. Observed approximately 15 live flying insects landing on boxes containing raw ground beef. Observed 2 live flying insects landing on cut tomatoes in flip-top reach-in cooler. Observed approximately 10 live flying insects landing on clean prep tables at cookline.”

– Another repeat violation for “operating with an expired Division of Hotels and Restaurants license.”

– “Time/temperature control for safety food due to temperature abuse.”

Another violation, classified by the state as basic,” involved the discovery of “dead roaches on-premises.”

“Observed 1 dead roach in cupboard underneath Coca-Cola drinks machine…located in dining room,” inspectors wrote.

The records state the 60-seat restaurant was “temporarily closed” and “operations ordered stopped until violations are corrected,” but do not list any information about a follow-up inspection, the current status of the violations, or whether the restaurant is allowed to reopen.

Records show inspectors also ordered the eatery to temporarily shut in November and December 2021 for violations.

Headquartered in Cheshire, CT, Wayback Burgers is an international franchise chain with 160 locations worldwide.

According to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, each inspection report from a restaurant is a “snapshot” of conditions at the time of inspection.

“An inspection conducted on any given day may not be representative of the overall, long-term conditions at the establishment,” according to the agency.

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Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.