TAMPA, Florida — A popular north Tampa nightclub is back up and running after state health inspectors discovered hundreds of rodent droppings in the kitchen.
Green Gators operates out of the former Green Iguana location on Anderson Road just east of the Veterans Expressway.
And while the establishment is officially called Green Gators Bar and “Grill” managers say the business is much more a nightclub than a restaurant.
When we stopped by last week the building was locked up and looked abandoned. But this weekend it was a much different story with hundreds packing in for drinks and dancing.
Management declined to discuss the issues on camera but did tell us over the telephone that while they do still serve chicken wings, much of their full scale kitchen is no longer is use. In fact, management said food accounts for less than $200 in sales per week.
Even so, state health inspectors ordered an emergency closure of the establishment March 4 after an Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco inspector reported to colleagues with the Division of Hotels and Restaurants his observation of “hundreds upon hundreds” of rodent droppings throughout the entire kitchen and the “overwhelming smell of rodent urine.” It was so bad he recommended the health inspector bring extra help for the inspection.
Following questions for customers, Green Gators posted they closed down due to “a gas leak” on their official Facebook page. Since then we spoke with “Beau” one of the managers who acknowledged that statement was untrue.
He also declined to allow our camera into the kitchen to show us if the problems were really cleaned up.
For those who only order drinks at Green Gators, the inspector found a host of other issues including a black or green mold like substance inside the ice machine and repeated violations for no soap or paper towels at the employee hand washing sink.
Green Gators was cleared to reopen the day after their closure.