New restaurant replaces shut down Sarasota eatery

Sarasota Florida -- There are big changes coming after a popular Sarasota sports bar was shut down by the state due to a list of health code violations.

Findaddy's Sports Bar was located on North Beneva Road in the Sarasota Commons Shopping Center when the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation ordered the restaurant to close July 3 with 26 violations, 4 of those high priority violations.

The biggest issue according to state inspection records appeared to be improper temperatures for most of the refrigerated food.

The inspector ordered 148 pounds of food to be thrown out after discovering the walk-in cooler and two other refrigeration units not operating properly with raw meats and dairy products stored at potentially dangerous temperatures.

READ: See list of food thrown out

When 10 News arrived to check on conditions in the kitchen, we found the restaurant was still shut down with an emergency closure sign on the front door.

10 News has learned Findaddy's will remain closed, instead reopening as a new restaurant called Tin Fish. The chain has 11 locations in four states and features fresh local fish as well as seafood favorites flown in from around the world.

Founder Joseph Melluso was on hand this week to explain management is getting the restaurant cleaned up, the problems corrected and the staff properly trained to follow health code regulations.

"It's part of why we operate so well," said Melluso, excited about his newest location in Sarasota. "It is because we care about [operating a clean kitchen] every day every day and every location."

INSPECTION: See what the inspectors found

The biggest challenge will be replacing the former restaurant's walk-in cooler to make sure food is being properly refrigerated.

Melluso says the restaurant has a new refrigeration until already purchased and now they're just waiting on final permitting from the city.

Management at the new Tin Fish location hopes to open their doors by the end of July.

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