TAMPA, Florida- Known for their live entertainment Skippers Smokehouse has been serving up seafood in Tampa for over 30 years.
"We're an institution," said Manager Mark Warren. "Even if you haven't been here, odds are you've heard of it."
That's why we were shocked to see this restaurant's October health inspection listing a record 105 violations- the most of any restaurant in Tampa Bay this year!
The inspector documented a slew of temperature violations on the clams, mussels, oysters, raw fish, chicken and pasta, an employee failing to wash their hands, a toxic substance stored next to the plastic ware, a black or green mold in the ice machine, soiled soda gun, and an employee scooping flour from a container with their bare hands.
Photos: Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa
The restaurant was also missing a hand washing sink in the back bar area, and had no soap or paper towels at another sink inside.
So we stopped in to find why this kitchen racked up so many violations.
The manager met us at the door and was eager to explain.
"It was our regularly scheduled inspection and it happened to coincide with our walk in freezer going down the night before," said Warren, who insists the restaurant took immediate action.
"The temperature was a few degrees out of spec, just to be safe, we threw out hundreds of dollars worth of food, again airing on the side of caution."
Warren invited our camera inside the kitchen where we first checked the sinks for soap and paper towels.
We found one hand washing sink filled with cooking equipment, but another on the other side of the cook's line ready for use, fully stocked with soap and paper towels.
We also checked the walk-in cooler, which was clearly blowing ice cold air. Nearly every violation on the state's report now appeared to be corrected.
"We eat here too," said Warren. "It's certainly in our general interest as well as serving the general public. That's why we were immediately on everything, and they were back the next morning and quite pleased."
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10 News was impressed as well giving this restaurant a most improved "A-OK"- issuing the all clear on this week's Restaurant Red Alert.
Take a look at Skipper's Smokehouse full inspection history here.
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