ST. PETERSBURG, Florida— For the second time in two months, a Big Apple Buffet location was shut down by state health inspectors due to serious health code violations.

Last month, we reported on the temporary closure of Big Apple Buffet #2.

Now, health inspectors have also shut down the Big Apple Buffet’s original location on 58th Street in St. Petersburg.

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The location was ordered to temporality close on July 27th with 27 violations, including raw chicken found between 45°-60°, a garbage dumpster filled with flies and maggots, and a fly strip discovered hanging directly above the ice cream cooler.

The inspector also documented 178 rodent droppings along the restaurant’s cook line, under the buffet and salad bar, around a hibachi table, and even smashed on the bottom side of woks.

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You can view Big Apple Buffet’s full inspection history here.

Two other big name restaurants shut down last week include:

Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers, 2290 Gulf to Bay Blvd, Clearwater

Kentucky Fried Chicken, 3780 E Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota

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