RED ALERT: Roaches, "employee shoes" found in Sarasota restaurant

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SARASOTA, Florida- Regular customers say they've never noticed any problems, but a state health inspector reported finding a whole list of problems inside Sarasota's China One restaurant on North Lime Avenue and Fruitville Road.

The establishment is located in the Colonial Village Shopping Center and advertises a $6.25 buffet.

"It's delicious," said regular customer Linda Rucker.

But a state health inspector also visited the restaurant, closing the place down with 22 violations in December

PHOTOS: Inside China 1

The problems included raw meat not properly separated with raw chicken right on top of the pork, no soap at an employee hand sink, employee shoes left in a food storage area and roach activity- with 10 live and 50 dead bugs found throughout kitchen.

The inspector also reported they did not have proof of required employee training, or a copy of the restaurant's latest inspection report- which is required by law.

"That's just nasty," said Angela Carroll. "Filth!"

"I heard that before about roaches being in the food," said Carroll of the restaurant's reputation. "That's why I never ate there honestly."

But other customers, including Rucker, disagreed saying they eat at the restaurant often, and have never had a problem.

"I mean its Florida... there's bugs," she said. "So yeah, I'd like for them not to have roaches, but how is it possible in Florida not to have roaches?"

Last week we followed up on the state's emergency closure, visiting the restaurant and asking management what had been done to correct the issues.

"My English is no good," said one employee who had trouble understanding our questions.

When we asked for permission to take a look in the kitchen, the employee responded with a smile, "No!".

And while we were unable to inspect this restaurant's kitchen, the manager did provide a copy of his latest inspection.

We also found what appeared to be a smashed bug on the wall in the dining room.

China One has since been cleared to reopen by the state. If you'd like to take a look at the establishment's full inspection history, click here.

If you have a restaurant you'd like 10 News to check out, e-mail 10 News investigator Beau Zimmer at RedAlert@wtsp.com.

 

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