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Backwoods Steakhouse

Backwoods Steakhouse
5602 N Atlantic Ave
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
(321)613-3828

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Emergency Closure Orders Since October 2008

Notice According to Florida Statute 509.035; an emergency closure is not a disciplinary action, but rather an action taken to mitigate conditions that pose an elevated risk to the health, safety or welfare of the public or the establishment's employees. The licensee is closed until the conditions are corrected. Examples of conditions warranting immediate closure include: lack of approved utilities or hot water, sewage backups or overflows, fire damage, pest infestation or inadequate refrigeration.

A 24-hour callback inspection will be performed after an emergency closure or emergency suspension of license. The establishment may reopen only when a division inspection shows that all critical violations that caused the suspension are corrected.


Backwoods Steakhouse, Cocoa Beach was ordered Closed on October 17, 2014 due to Rodent Activity and was allowed to Reopen on October 17, 2014

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1 Disciplinary Activity Orders Since January 2007

NoticeThe Division of Hotels and Restaurants conducts regular inspections of public food service establishments to assure compliance with state sanitation and safety laws.

Backwoods Steakhouse either allowed conditions to exist that pose an immediate threat to the public's health and safety or repeatedly did not correct non-critical violations noted during routine and call-back inspections, despite being given oral and written warnings and ample time to do so.

Each of the listed cases involves either a signed stipulation (“settlement”) between the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) and Backwoods Steakhouse or a Final Order issued after a formal administrative hearing has been conducted. Section 509.261, Florida Statutes, authorizes the Division of Hotels and Restaurants to fine, suspend or revoke the license of establishments that do not comply with state health and safety laws.


Case Number: 4--2014044617 - On December 16, 2014 Backwoods Steakhouse, Cocoa Beach was ordered to pay $400 for violations observed during its October 17, 2014 inspection.

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No (0) Food Misrepresentation Cases Since March 2006
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3 Food Service Inspections Since July 1, 2014
Inspection For: BACKWOODS STEAKHOUSE INC
License Number: 1504721
License ID: 5444123
Inspection Visit ID: 5442356
Inspection Date: Friday, October 31, 2014
Inspection Number: 2422542
Visit Number: 3
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Call Back - Complied - Return visit from a previous warning found violations to be corrected.
Total Number of Violations: 0
Number of High Priority Violations: 0
Number of Intermediate Violations: 0
Number of Basic Violations: 0

Inspection For: BACKWOODS STEAKHOUSE INC
License Number: 1504721
License ID: 5444123
Inspection Visit ID: 5324801
Inspection Date: Friday, October 17, 2014
Inspection Number: 2422542
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Emergency order recommended - Conditions have been found that endanger the health and safety of the public requiring immediate closure of the establishment.
Total Number of Violations: 7
Number of High Priority Violations: 1
Number of Intermediate Violations: 0
Number of Basic Violations: 6
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
32-04-4 Basic.Bathroom located inside establishment not completely enclosed with tight-fitting, self-closing doors. Employee bathroom
36-36-4 Basic.Ceiling tile missing. Employee bathroom
29-18-4 Basic.Drain cover(s) missing.
35B-01-4 Basic.Exterior door has a gap at the threshold that opens to the outside. North side
25-04-4 Basic.Single-service items stored on floor. Lids
21-38-4 Basic.Wiping cloth sanitizing solution stored on the floor.
35A-04-4 High Priority.Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. 7 old droppings in food storage area on the floor. 6 fresh droppings on a box in mop sink area that contains santa costume. 20 old and fresh droppings scattered on the boxes containing santa hats in mop sink area. Mop sink area is a separate room. 3 new and 2 old on the floor in room containing paper rolls for the printer. This is a separate room off the kitchen. 2 old droppings in the linen room. This is a separate room. 1 old on floor in the prep area. There are 7 fresh droppings under convection oven on the back cook line. There are 20 droppings which are a combination of fresh and old on the floor behind the bread racks

Inspection For: BACKWOODS STEAKHOUSE INC
License Number: 1504721
License ID: 5444123
Inspection Visit ID: 5442345
Inspection Date: Friday, October 17, 2014
Inspection Number: 2422542
Visit Number: 2
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Emergency Order Callback Time Extension - Return visit indicates establishment operator is attempting to comply, but is unable at this time due to circumstances beyond control. Violations may not be noted again on these inspection reports.
Total Number of Violations: 3
Number of High Priority Violations: 0
Number of Intermediate Violations: 0
Number of Basic Violations: 3
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
32-04-4 Basic.Bathroom located inside establishment not completely enclosed with tight-fitting, self-closing doors. Employee bathroom
29-18-4 Basic.Drain cover(s) missing.
35B-01-4 Basic.Exterior door has a gap at the threshold that opens to the outside. North side

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2 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014
Inspection For: BACKWOODS STEAKHOUSE INC
License Number: 1504721
License ID: 5444123
Inspection Visit ID: 5192608
Inspection Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Inspection Number: 2377087
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Complaint Full
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 10
Number of High Priority Violations: 2
Number of Intermediate Violations: 2
Number of Basic Violations: 6
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
36-36-4 Basic.Ceiling tile missing on the line
24-07-4 Basic.Cleaned and sanitized equipment or utensils not properly stored. There is a bowl in sugar **Corrected On-Site**
29-18-4 Basic.Drain cover(s) missing. Line
12B-07-4 Basic.Employee beverage container on a food preparation table or over/next to clean equipment/utensils. **Corrected On-Site**
08B-37-4 Basic.Food stored in a prohibited area. There re salad dressing containers touching the clean cut lettuce **Corrected On-Site**
21-12-4 Basic.The quat sanirizer bucket isvon the floor **Corrected On-Site**
08A-05-4 High Priority.Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food. There is raw beef over potato skinsin freezer **Corrected On-Site**
41-27-4 High Priority.Wiping cloth sanitizer solution exceeds the maximum concentration allowed. **Corrected On-Site**
27-16-4 Intermediate.Hot water not provided/shut off at employee handwash sink. Wait staff area
31B-02-4 Intermediate.No paper towels or mechanical hand drying device provided at handwash sink. Backprep area

Inspection For: BACKWOODS STEAKHOUSE INC
License Number: 1504721
License ID: 5444123
Inspection Visit ID: 4977784
Inspection Date: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Inspection Number: 2299624
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 10
Number of High Priority Violations: 1
Number of Intermediate Violations: 2
Number of Basic Violations: 7
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
32-21-4 Basic.Bathroom door not self-closing. Employee bathroom
23-06-4 Basic.Build-up of food debris, dust or dirt on nonfood-contact surface. Drain under mop sink has slight mold growth
36-36-4 Basic.Ceiling tile missing. Line
36-13-4 Basic.Grease accumulated under cooking equipment.
36-24-4 Basic.Hole in wall. There are small holes in the wall above the handsink in the kitchen
29-11-4 Basic.Leaking pipe at plumbing fixture. Bar sink drain
36-25-4 Basic.Wall in disrepair. Under prep in waitress area is missing times
08A-05-4 High Priority.Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food. Raw beef over ready to eat potato skins **Corrected On-Site**
27-16-4 Intermediate.Hot water not provided/shut off at employee handwash sink. Server area **Corrected On-Site**
53A-01-4 Intermediate.Manager lacking proof of food manager certification. Kitchen manager Hamp

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4 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013
Inspection For: BACKWOODS STEAKHOUSE INC
License Number: 1504721
License ID: 5444123
Inspection Visit ID: 4977784
Inspection Date: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Inspection Number: 2299624
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 10
Number of High Priority Violations: 1
Number of Intermediate Violations: 2
Number of Basic Violations: 7
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
32-21-4 Basic.Bathroom door not self-closing. Employee bathroom
23-06-4 Basic.Build-up of food debris, dust or dirt on nonfood-contact surface. Drain under mop sink has slight mold growth
36-36-4 Basic.Ceiling tile missing. Line
36-13-4 Basic.Grease accumulated under cooking equipment.
36-24-4 Basic.Hole in wall. There are small holes in the wall above the handsink in the kitchen
29-11-4 Basic.Leaking pipe at plumbing fixture. Bar sink drain
36-25-4 Basic.Wall in disrepair. Under prep in waitress area is missing times
08A-05-4 High Priority.Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food. Raw beef over ready to eat potato skins **Corrected On-Site**
27-16-4 Intermediate.Hot water not provided/shut off at employee handwash sink. Server area **Corrected On-Site**
53A-01-4 Intermediate.Manager lacking proof of food manager certification. Kitchen manager Hamp

Inspection For: BACKWOODS STEAKHOUSE INC
License Number: 1504721
License ID: 5444123
Inspection Visit ID: 4857820
Inspection Date: Monday, March 18, 2013
Inspection Number: 2257665
Visit Number: 2
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Call Back - Complied - Return visit from a previous warning found violations to be corrected.
Total Number of Violations: 1
Number of High Priority Violations: 0
Number of Intermediate Violations: 0
Number of Basic Violations: 1
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
32-21-4 Basic.Bathroom door not self-closing. Employee bathroom **. Repeat Violation** **Warning**

Inspection For: BACKWOODS STEAKHOUSE INC
License Number: 1504721
License ID: 5444123
Inspection Visit ID: 4818854
Inspection Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Inspection Number: 2257665
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Warning Issued - Sanitary and/or safety conditions require the inspector to return in the near future to ensure corrective action has been taken for violations found.
Total Number of Violations: 14
Number of High Priority Violations: 2
Number of Intermediate Violations: 6
Number of Basic Violations: 6
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
01B-02-4 High Priority.Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Cheese discarded by chef **Warning**
03A-02-4 High Priority.Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Chees 46F. Since morning time **Warning**
04-01-4 Intermediate.Cold holding equipment incapable of maintaining potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food at proper temperatures. Do not store potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food in this unit until the unit is capable of maintaining foods at 41 degrees Fahrenheit or colder. Prep box on the line north side. **Warning**
24-07-4 Basic.Cleaned and sanitized equipment or utensils not properly stored. Ice scoop is on top of ice bin **Warning**
27-16-4 Intermediate.Hot water not provided/shut off at employee handwash sink. Back prep line water was turned off **Warning**
29-11-4 Basic.Leaking pipe at plumbing fixture. Prep sink on the line **Warning**
31B-02-4 Intermediate.No paper towels or mechanical hand drying device provided at handwash sink. Bar **Warning**
31B-04-4 Basic.No handwashing sign provided at a hand sink used by food employees. Bar, server area and grill area. Repeat Violation **Warning**
32-21-4 Basic.Bathroom door not self-closing. Employee bathroom **. Repeat Violation** **Warning**
36-18-4 Basic.Floor cracked, broken or in disrepair. Wood rotten in dining room
41-17-4 Intermediate.Spray bottle containing toxic substance not labeled. Cleaner in mop area **Warning**
45-05-4 Portable fire extinguisher missing from its designated location. For reporting purposes only. On floor in rear of house. 2a10 bc **Warning**
51-11-4 Basic.Carbon dioxide/helium tanks not adequately secured. **Warning**
53A-01-4 Intermediate.Manager lacking proof of food manager certification. **Warning**
53B-01-4 Intermediate.No proof of required state approved employee training provided for any employees. To order approved program food safety material, call DBPRs contracted provider: Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (SafeStaff) 866-372-7233. **. Repeat Violation** **Warning**

Inspection For: BACKWOODS STEAKHOUSE INC
License Number: 1504721
License ID: 5444123
Inspection Visit ID: 4813674
Inspection Date: Thursday, October 11, 2012
Inspection Number: 2257111
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Food-Licensing Inspection
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 8
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 6
Number of Noncritical Violations: 2
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
25-05-1 Observed single-service articles improperly stored. Boxed cups on the floor
32-04-1 Critical.- Bathroom not enclosed with tight-fitting, self-closing doors. Employee bathroom
32-15-1 Critical.- No handwashing sign provided at a handsink used by food employees. Wait staff area
32-15-1 Critical.- No handwashing sign provided at a handsink used by food employees. Line
32-15-1 Critical.- No handwashing sign provided at a handsink used by food employees. Dish
37-02-1 Observed hole in wall. Small holes throughout
46-14-2 Critical.- Emergency lighting not provided. Notified Fire AHJ. For reporting purposes only. Rear banquet room
53B-08-1 Critical.- No proof of required employee training provided. To order approved program food safety material, call DBPR?#ontracted provider: Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (SafeStaff) 866-372-7233. New employee

NoticeEach restaurant inspection report is a “snapshot” of conditions present at the time of the inspection. On any given day Backwoods Steakhouse in Cocoa Beach Florida may have fewer or more violations than noted in their most recent restaurant inspection. An inspection conducted on any given day may not be representative of the overall, long-term conditions at Cocoa Beach's Backwoods Steakhouse.

A summary of violations found during inspections are listed in the Food Service Inspection boxes above. Cited are violations of Florida's sanitation and safety laws, which are based on the standards of U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Food Code.

Effective January 1, 2013, the Florida Division of Hotels and Restaurants adopted a new three-tiered violation classification system that replaces the "critical" or "non-critical" classification in use up until then. The new system uses the terms "High Priority," "Intermediate" and "Basic" which better define violation information for consumers, making it easier to understand.

In general, High Priority violations are those which could contribute directly to a foodborne illness or injury. Although the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) uses the term "High Priority", varying degrees of severity and potential risk to the public require inspectors to assess each situation in determining the appropriate action. In addition, while Backwoods Steakhouse may have multiple violations, the inspectors' training and judgment formulate the overall result of the inspection to ensure public health and safety.

Intermediate violations are those which, if not addressed, could lead to risk factors that contribute to foodborne illness or injury. Basic violations are those which are considered best practices to implement.

Formally, Critical violations were those that, if not corrected, were more likely to contribute directly to food contamination, illness or environmental damage. Noncritical violations did not directly relate to foodborne illness risk, but were preventive measures that included practices and procedures which effectively controled environmental conditions. Left uncorrected, noncritical violations could undermine the overall food safety program of an establishment and lead to the development of critical violations.

While most establishments correct all violations in a timely manner (often during the inspection), the division's procedures are designed to compel compliance with all violations through follow-up visits, administration action or closure when necessary.

Violations listed refer to the revelant section of Florida regulation that has been observed to be deficient during the inspection. Each establishment must comply with the language of the inspection statement. For purposes of enforcement and compliance, the DBPR recognizes the status as printed on the inspection form, although the severity of the violation observed may warrant additional action regardless of its "High Priority/Intermediate/Basic" or "critical/noncritical" designation.


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