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Longhorn Steakhouse #5078

Longhorn Steakhouse #5078
770 E Merritt Island Cswy
Merritt Island, FL 35952
(321)456-5559

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

Longhorn Steakhouse #5078 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 Longhorn Steakhouse #5078 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--2013008922 - On March 26, 2013 Longhorn Steakhouse #5078, Merritt Island was ordered to pay $200 for violations observed during its February 14, 2013 inspection.

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4 Food Service Inspections Since July 1, 2014
Inspection For: LONGHORN STEAKS OF MERRITT ISL 5078
License Number: 1504700
License ID: 2135376
Inspection Visit ID: 5463554
Inspection Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014
Inspection Number: 2448078
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: 5
Number of High Priority Violations: 0
Number of Intermediate Violations: 0
Number of Basic Violations: 5
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
36-03-4 Basic.Cove molding at floor/wall juncture broken/missing. Inside rear door. **Warning**
14-11-4 Basic.Equipment in poor repair. Ice machine door cracked. **Warning**
36-18-4 Basic.Floor tiles cracked, broken or in disrepair. Front of fryers and inside rear door. **Warning**
14-67-4 Basic.Reach-in cooler gasket torn/in disrepair. QB cooler and cooler at bar. **Warning** bar cooler replaced, QB cooler still torn, operator states has been ordered.
14-33-4 Basic.Reach-in cooler shelves with rust that has pitted the surface. Meat cooler, cooler next to breading station. **. Repeat Violation** **Warning**

Inspection For: LONGHORN STEAKS OF MERRITT ISL 5078
License Number: 1504700
License ID: 2135376
Inspection Visit ID: 5405008
Inspection Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Inspection Number: 2448078
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: 12
Number of High Priority Violations: 2
Number of Intermediate Violations: 0
Number of Basic Violations: 10
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
36-03-4 Basic.Cove molding at floor/wall juncture broken/missing. Inside rear door. **Warning**
35A-03-4 Basic.Dead roaches on premises. Pest control was on site last night, booths in lobby were taken apart and approximately 20 glue traps had dead vermin carcasses that appeared dried out stuck to them. Operator removed traps. **Warning**
40-07-4 Basic.Employee personal items stored with or above food, clean equipment and utensils, or single-service items. Jacket and bag on sack of breading and boxes of potatoes. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**
13-04-4 Basic.Employee with no beard guard/restraint while engaging in food preparation. **. Repeat Violation** **Warning**
14-11-4 Basic.Equipment in poor repair. Ice machine door cracked. **Warning**
36-22-4 Basic.Floor area(s) covered with standing water. Walk in cooler. **. Repeat Violation** **Warning**
36-18-4 Basic.Floor tiles cracked, broken or in disrepair. Front of fryers and inside rear door. **Warning**
14-67-4 Basic.Reach-in cooler gasket torn/in disrepair. QB cooler and cooler at bar. **Warning**
14-33-4 Basic.Reach-in cooler shelves with rust that has pitted the surface. Meat cooler, cooler next to breading station. **. Repeat Violation** **Warning**
02D-01-4 Basic.Working containers of food removed from original container not identified by common name. Spices on microwaves at end of cook line. **Warning**
12A-05-4 High Priority.Employee used tobacco, ate, or drank then engaged in food preparation, handled clean equipment or utensils, or touched unwrapped single-service items without washing hands. Took a drink, went to do food prep, stopped him before proceeding. **Warning**
35A-07-4 High Priority.Small flying insects in bar area. **. Repeat Violation** **Warning**

Inspection For: LONGHORN STEAKS OF MERRITT ISL 5078
License Number: 1504700
License ID: 2135376
Inspection Visit ID: 5404630
Inspection Date: Friday, August 29, 2014
Inspection Number: 2394872
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: 3
Number of High Priority Violations: 0
Number of Intermediate Violations: 1
Number of Basic Violations: 2
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
36-22-4 Basic.Floor area(s) covered with standing water. Walkin cooler and dish area. **. Repeat Violation**
14-33-4 Basic.Reach-in cooler shelves with rust that has pitted the surface. Salad cooler, meat cooler
22-20-4 Intermediate.Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine.

Inspection For: LONGHORN STEAKS OF MERRITT ISL 5078
License Number: 1504700
License ID: 2135376
Inspection Visit ID: 5279046
Inspection Date: Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Inspection Number: 2394872
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: 7
Number of High Priority Violations: 3
Number of Intermediate Violations: 1
Number of Basic Violations: 3
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
13-04-4 Basic.Employee with no beard guard/restraint while engaging in food preparation.
36-22-4 Basic.Floor area(s) covered with standing water. Walkin cooler and dish area. **. Repeat Violation**
14-33-4 Basic.Reach-in cooler shelves with rust that has pitted the surface. Salad cooler, meat cooler
01B-01-4 High Priority.Dented/rusted cans present. See stop sale. **. Repeat Violation**
12A-17-4 High Priority.Employee rubbed hands together for less than 10-15 seconds while washing hands.
35A-07-4 High Priority.Small flying insects in bar area. Dozen flies.
22-20-4 Intermediate.Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine.

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3 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014
Inspection For: LONGHORN STEAKS OF MERRITT ISL 5078
License Number: 1504700
License ID: 2135376
Inspection Visit ID: 5258836
Inspection Date: Friday, June 13, 2014
Inspection Number: 2387237
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: 7
Number of High Priority Violations: 0
Number of Intermediate Violations: 1
Number of Basic Violations: 6
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
14-01-4 Basic.Bowl or other container with no handle used to dispense food. Cup in cinnamon **Corrected On-Site** **. Repeat Violation**
13-04-4 Basic.Employee with no beard guard/restraint while engaging in food preparation.
36-08-4 Basic.Floor and wall junctures not coved in food preparation/storage/warewashing areas or bathroom. Corner guards missing in several places in dish area.
36-22-4 Basic.Floor area(s) covered with standing water. Kitchen and bar. **. Repeat Violation**
36-24-4 Basic.Holes in walls throughout kitchen. **. Repeat Violation**
38-12-4 Basic.Light shield for lights in food preparation, food storage or warewashing area missing end caps.
53B-10-4 Intermediate.Records/documents for required employee training do not contain all of the required information. Trainer signature and date missing on most.

Inspection For: LONGHORN STEAKS OF MERRITT ISL 5078
License Number: 1504700
License ID: 2135376
Inspection Visit ID: 4963028
Inspection Date: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Inspection Number: 2289329
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: 1
Number of Basic Violations: 8
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
14-01-4 Basic.Bowl or other container with no handle used to dispense food. Cup in cinnamon/sugar. **Corrected On-Site**
36-03-4 Basic.Cove molding at floor/wall juncture broken/missing. Corner missing in dish area on half wall. **. Repeat Violation**
24-08-4 Basic.Equipment and utensils not properly air-dried - wet nesting. Glasses at bar and pans in dish area
14-11-4 Basic.Equipment in poor repair. Hand wash sink on cooks line across from fryers faucet loose and handles residue buildup.
36-41-4 Basic.Fan cover in walk-in cooler has accumulation of dust/debris.
36-22-4 Basic.Floor area(s) covered with standing water. Walk in cooler.
36-24-4 Basic.Holes in wall. Several tiny holes in walls throughput kitchen and prep area. **. Repeat Violation**
38-07-4 Basic.Lights in food preparation, food storage or warewashing area missing the proper shield, sleeve coatings or covers. Dry storage
01B-01-4 High Priority.Dented/rusted cans present. See stop sale. 3 cans of fudge topping
31B-02-4 Intermediate.No paper towels or mechanical hand drying device provided at handwash sink. Server station and cook line **Corrected On-Site**

Inspection For: LONGHORN STEAKS OF MERRITT ISL 5078
License Number: 1504700
License ID: 2135376
Inspection Visit ID: 4963029
Inspection Date: Thursday, October 31, 2013
Inspection Number: 2289330
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: 11
Number of High Priority Violations: 2
Number of Intermediate Violations: 1
Number of Basic Violations: 8
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ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
16-21-4 Basic.Accumulation of debris on exterior of warewashing machine.
36-03-4 Basic.Cove molding at floor/wall juncture broken/missing. Corner in dish area by 2 bay sink. Base boards at short wall by 2 bay sink.
36-24-4 Basic.Holes in wall. Small holes throughout kitchen.
10-01-4 Basic.In-use utensil in nonpotentially hazardous food not stored with handle above top of food within a closed container. Salad station utensils in most items
14-33-4 Basic.Reach-in cooler shelves with rust that has pitted the surface.
24-18-4 Basic.Silverware/utensils stored upright with the food-contact surface up.
36-26-4 Basic.Wall soiled with accumulated black debris in dishwashing area. **. Repeat Violation**
02D-01-4 Basic.Working containers of food removed from original container not identified by common name. White rolling container by ready to eat station.
22-41-4 High Priority.Dishmachine chlorine sanitizer not at proper minimum strength. Discontinue use of dishmachine for sanitizing and set up manual sanitization until dishmachine is repaired and sanitizing properly.
29-43-4 High Priority.No vacuum breaker on fitting/splitter added to mop sink faucet.
31A-11-4 Intermediate.Handwash sink used for purposes other than hand washing. Knife

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5 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013
Inspection For: LONGHORN STEAKS OF MERRITT ISL 5078
License Number: 1504700
License ID: 2135376
Inspection Visit ID: 4919360
Inspection Date: Friday, June 28, 2013
Inspection Number: 2271032
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]
36-74-4 Basic.Build-up of soil/debris on the floor along the walls, baseboards, cabinets and/or equipment. By soda boxes
14-11-4 Basic.Equipment in poor repair. The metal plate on the acompressor is torn and sharp **Corrected On-Site**
36-24-4 Basic.Hole in wall. There are small holes throughout kitchen on walls
38-07-4 Basic.Lights in food preparation, food storage or warewashing area missing the proper shield, sleeve coatings or covers. The server area has no light shield over coffee area
33-16-4 Basic.Open dumpster lid.
14-33-4 Basic.Reach-in cooler shelves with rust that has pitted the surface. Plate cooler shelf is pitted
36-26-4 Basic.Wall soiled with accumulated black debris in dishwashing area.
03A-02-4 High Priority.Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Buttermilk 53f in prep box. Corrected on site. Iced
22-02-4 Intermediate.Accumulation of food debris/grease on food-contact surface. Top of salad prep has slight mold buildup
22-27-4 Intermediate.Food-contact surfaces encrusted with grease and/or soil deposits. Coffee cups at bar. Corrected on site

Inspection For: LONGHORN STEAKS OF MERRITT ISL 5078
License Number: 1504700
License ID: 2135376
Inspection Visit ID: 4870326
Inspection Date: Friday, February 15, 2013
Inspection Number: 2176232
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: 0
Number of High Priority Violations: 0
Number of Intermediate Violations: 0
Number of Basic Violations: 0

Inspection For: LONGHORN STEAKS OF MERRITT ISL 5078
License Number: 1504700
License ID: 2135376
Inspection Visit ID: 4642365
Inspection Date: Thursday, February 14, 2013
Inspection Number: 2176232
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Administrative complaint recommended - Existence of critical violations found in an initial inspection require administrative action to ensure compliance.
Total Number of Violations: 15
Number of High Priority Violations: 5
Number of Intermediate Violations: 4
Number of Basic Violations: 6
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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. Feta and blue cheese and smokey butter shall be discarded after four hours.
03A-02-4 High Priority.Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Smokey butter 80f on line, blue cheese 50f in prep box, feta 49f in prep boxprovolone 49f **. Repeat Violation**
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. Perp box on line is holding feat and blue cheese greater than 41f
08B-14-4 Basic.Stored food not covered in walk-in freezer. Raw lobster in walk in
09-01-4 High Priority.Employee touching ready-to-eat food with their bare hands - food was not being heated as a sole ingredient to 145 degrees F or immediately added to other ingredients to be cooked/heated to the minimum required temperature to allow bare hand contact. Establishment has no approved Alternative Operating Procedure. 2servers touched and sliced bread with bare handshands
12A-09-4 High Priority.Single-use gloves not changed as needed after changing tasks or when damaged or soiled. Employee pulled pants up with gloves and continued to cut meat
14-09-4 Basic.Cutting board has cut marks and is no longer cleanable.
22-02-4 Intermediate.Accumulation of food debris/grease on food-contact surface. Seasoned flour bin in prep
22-27-4 Intermediate.Food-contact surfaces encrusted with grease and/or soil deposits. The back of flat top grill is soiled
22-41-4 High Priority.Dishmachine chlorine sanitizer not at proper minimum strength. Discontinue use of dishmachine for sanitizing and set up manual sanitization until dishmachine is repaired and sanitizing properly. Oppm chlorine, please manually sanitize until fixed
29-11-4 Basic.Leaking pipe at plumbing fixture. 3 bin sink and 2 bin sink are leaking at the faucet
31A-11-4 Intermediate.Handwash sink used for purposes other than handwashing. Pitcher is in handsink at the bar
36-24-4 Basic.Hole in wall. Small holes in walls throughout
40-07-4 Basic.Employee personal items stored with or above food, clean equipment and utensils, or single-service items. Backpack is stored on lexan pans
51-18-4 Basic.No copy of latest inspection report available.

Inspection For: LONGHORN STEAKS OF MERRITT ISL 5078
License Number: 1504700
License ID: 2135376
Inspection Visit ID: 4813025
Inspection Date: Thursday, October 04, 2012
Inspection Number: 2176233
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: 0
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 0
Number of Noncritical Violations: 0

Inspection For: LONGHORN STEAKS OF MERRITT ISL 5078
License Number: 1504700
License ID: 2135376
Inspection Visit ID: 4642366
Inspection Date: Monday, October 01, 2012
Inspection Number: 2176233
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: 19
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 14
Number of Noncritical Violations: 5
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
01B-16-1 Critical.- Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous food due to temperature abuse. Sour cream and whipped butter, overfilled and greater ythan 41f discarded by manager
01B-16-1 Critical.- Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous food due to temperature abuse. Swiss cheese and feta stop sale
03A-07-1 Critical.- Observed potentially hazardous food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Buttermilk CH50f,discarded by manager
03A-07-1 Critical.- Observed potentially hazardous food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Cheese sauce 130f. Stop sale at 2.
03A-07-1 Critical.- Observed potentially hazardous food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Tomato Butter 64f,mayo steak house blend 62f
03A-07-1 Critical.- Observed potentially hazardous food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter whipped 46,sour cream 48f small prep box
03A-07-1 Critical.- Observed potentially hazardous food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Feta 50f,swiss 57f
03A-07-1 Critical.- Observed potentially hazardous food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit.
03A-07-1 Critical.- Observed potentially hazardous food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter 65f no time/temp form---given to manager
03A-07-1 Critical.- Observed potentially hazardous food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Cream topping help at ambient temp in bar. Outside of container at 60f.
04-01-1 Critical.- Cold holding equipment incapable of maintaining potentially hazardous food at proper temperatures. Large salad cooler
04-01-1 Critical.- Cold holding equipment incapable of maintaining potentially hazardous food at proper temperatures. Line cooler prep
12A-09-1 Critical.- Observed food employee wearing jewelry other than a plain ring on their hands/arms while preparing food. Bartender has bracelet on
12A-09-1 Critical.- Observed food employee wearing jewelry other than a plain ring on their hands/arms while preparing food. Numerous servers have bracelets on
24-07-1 Cleaned and sanitized equipment, utensils, linens or single-service not properly stored. Ice scoop on topof ice bin
25-06-1 Observed single-service articles stored without protection from contamination. Drink stirrers on bar in customer sneeze range
29-08-1 Plumbing system in disrepair. Dish machine
37-04-1 Observed wall soiled with accumulated black debris in dishwashing area.
37-09-1 Wall not smooth and easily cleanable. Pegboard in diah ar4a

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2 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012
Inspection For: LONGHORN STEAKS OF MERRITT ISL 5078
License Number: 1504700
License ID: 2135376
Inspection Visit ID: 4299533
Inspection Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Inspection Number: 2066485
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: 11
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 6
Number of Noncritical Violations: 5
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
03C-09-1 Critical.- Reheated chili for hot holding not reaching 165 degrees Fahrenheit within 2 hours. Found reneating ar 59 degrees fahrenheit after 1 hour. Temp reached 80 after stirring. Rechecked at 1100 freheating for 1:45 minutes found 145 to 160F after stir 145f
08A-27-1 Critical.- Observed raw animal food stored over cooked food. Fish stored above cooked onions in cook line cooler drawer
14-37-1 Observed cutting board grooved/pitted and no longer cleanable in cook line area
18-05-1 Observed old food stuck to clean dishware/utensils. On clean storage rack and plate on server line
22-19-1 Critical.- Observed interior of microwave moderately soiled in cookline area.
22-21-1 Critical.- Observed soil moderate buildup inside ice bin in server area
22-27-1 Critical.- Observed oven broiler surfaces heavily encrusted with grease and/or soil deposits.
31-09-1 Critical.- Handwash sink not accessible for employee use at all times. Trash can blocking hws in cook line area.
36-15-1 Observed food debris accumulated on dry storage and freezer floors
36-22-1 Observed floor area(s) covered with standing water. Cookline, bar, dishwashing area
37-04-1 Observed wall soiled with accumulated black debris in dishwashing area. 2 bay sink

Inspection For: LONGHORN STEAKS OF MERRITT ISL 5078
License Number: 1504700
License ID: 2135376
Inspection Visit ID: 4299534
Inspection Date: Monday, November 21, 2011
Inspection Number: 2066486
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: 2
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 2
Number of Noncritical Violations: 0
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
22-11-1 Critical. Food-contact surfaces in contact with potentially hazardous food not cleaned at least every four hours for cook line cutting board. Corrected On Site.
22-24-1 Critical. Observed buildup of slime on soda guns dispensing nozzles. Corrected On Site.

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3 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011
Inspection For: LONGHORN STEAKS OF MERRITT ISL 5078
License Number: 1504700
License ID: 2135376
Inspection Visit ID: 4269731
Inspection Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Inspection Number: 2052810
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: 6
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 3
Number of Noncritical Violations: 3
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
05-06-1 Critical. Food thermometer not accurate within +/- 2 degrees Fahrenheit. Observed metal stem food thermometer not accuate,off by 8 DEGREES F in citrus rice in wwalk in cooler.
08A-29-1 Critical. Observed uncovered food in holding unit/dry storage area. Observed open ,uncovered bottles of liquor not protected from constuction dust from remodeling around bar. Corrected On Site. Liquor bottles covered and surfaces protected with visquine.
15-32-1 Observed dessert cooler gasket torn/in disrepair.
22-20-1 Critical. Observed moderate buildup of slime on back wall trim in the interior of ice machine.
24-07-1 Cleaned and sanitized equipment, utensils, linens or single-service not properly stored. Observed salad dishes not protected from constuction dust during remodel. Corrected On Site. Dishes rewashed/sanitizied and food stoage and contact surfaces protected during remodel with visquine.
37-18-1 Observed dusty ceiling air conditioning vent cover above triple sink.

Inspection For: LONGHORN STEAKS OF MERRITT ISL 5078
License Number: 1504700
License ID: 2135376
Inspection Visit ID: 3989261
Inspection Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Inspection Number: 1980651
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: 3
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 1
Number of Noncritical Violations: 2
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
03D-01-1 Critical. Observed food being cooled by nonapproved method. Parmesian cheese topping found cooling in covered 4 inch deep pan for 30 minutes. Corrected On Site. Placed in shallow pan on cooling rack.
14-33-1 Observed equipment in poor repair. Some rust forming on interior ceiling surfaces in side ice made.
37-19-1 Observed dusty intake air conditioning vent cover by dish drying rack. Repeat Violation.

Inspection For: LONGHORN STEAKS OF MERRITT ISL 5078
License Number: 1504700
License ID: 2135376
Inspection Visit ID: 3989262
Inspection Date: Monday, September 13, 2010
Inspection Number: 1980652
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: 7
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 3
Number of Noncritical Violations: 4
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
03A-07-1 Critical. Observed potentially hazardous food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Milk cold holding 44 DF in bar refrigerator. Corrected On Site.
04-01-1 Critical. Cold holding equipment,bar refrigerator incapable of maintaining potentially hazardous food at proper temperatures. Corrected On Site.
14-37-1 Observed cutting board grooved/pitted and no longer cleanable at salad cooler.
22-25-1 Critical. Observed buildup of soiled material on cutting board at salad bar. Corrected On Site.
23-05-1 Observed residue build-up on some door gaskets on cook line coolers.
23-05-1 Observed residue build-up on evaporator coil on bar refrigerator.
37-11-1 Observed attached equipment,a/c ceiling vents in dish room soiled with accumulated dust. Corrected On Site.

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2 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010
Inspection For: LONGHORN STEAKS OF MERRITT ISL 5078
License Number: 1504700
License ID: 2135376
Inspection Visit ID: 3653031
Inspection Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Inspection Number: 1869626
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: 4
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 1
Number of Noncritical Violations: 3
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
15-30-1 Observed rusting shelves attached to walls in walk-ins not constructed of materials that are corrosion resistant, non-absorbent, smooth and easily cleanable.
21-16-1 Wiping cloth quaternary ammonium compound sanitizing solution not at proper minimum strength at cook line. Corrected On Site.
30-02-1 Critical. Vacuum breaker mising at hose bibb and hose under water pressure with antiphon device in open postion at mop sink. Corrected On Site.
36-15-1 Observed food debris accumulated on kitchen floor behind ice machine.

Inspection For: LONGHORN STEAKS OF MERRITT ISL 5078
License Number: 1504700
License ID: 2135376
Inspection Visit ID: 3653032
Inspection Date: Monday, October 26, 2009
Inspection Number: 1869627
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: 4
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 2
Number of Noncritical Violations: 2
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
12B-07-1 Critical. Observed an open beverage container on drip tray on waitress soda fountain. Corrected On Site.
14-33-1 Observed equipment in poor repair. Observed nylon coated shelves on line reachin refrigerators in disrepair.
15-28-2 Hood filters are not tight-fitting and firmly held in place - leaving open spaces above flat grill. For reporting purposes only. Corrected On Site.
32-10-1 Critical. Covered waste receptacle not provided in women's bathroom stalls.

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2 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009
Inspection For: LONGHORN STEAKS OF MERRITT ISL 5078
License Number: 1504700
License ID: 2135376
Inspection Visit ID: 3198754
Inspection Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Inspection Number: 1677913
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: 6
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 2
Number of Noncritical Violations: 4
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
12A-09-1 Critical. Observed food employee wearing jewelry [watch] other than a plain ring on their hands/arms while preparing food. Corrected On Site.
14-36-1 Observed gaskets/seals on QB cooler cold holding unit in poor repair. (on order)
14-37-1 Observed cutting board grooved/pitted and no longer cleanable at QB cooler. Manger has order new unit.
29-17-1 Waste line missing at two different soda gun holsters at bar. One gun draining on clean glasses and one into drink ice bin. Corrected On Site. Contaminared glasses wash,rinse and sanitizied. Ice removed and bin w,r and s.
41B-03-1 Critical. Observed unlabeled spray bottle at bar. Corrected On Site.
51-18-1 No copy of latest inspection report from 8/08.

Inspection For: LONGHORN STEAKS OF MERRITT ISL 5078
License Number: 1504700
License ID: 2135376
Inspection Visit ID: 3198755
Inspection Date: Friday, August 15, 2008
Inspection Number: 1677914
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: 7
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 5
Number of Noncritical Violations: 2
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
03C-09-1 Critical. Reheated food for hot holding not reaching 165 degrees Fahrenheit within 2 hours. Observed mashed potatoes,chili ,gravy 111 degrees heating for 1. 5 hoirs in steam table. Potentially hazardous foods will not reach mimnimum temperature of 165 degrees F for 15 seconds. Corrected On Site.
03D-01-1 Critical. Observed food being cooled by nonapproved method. Observed cooked rice in plastic wrapped portions at 98 degrees F in six inch deep meatal pans cooling in bottom of cook line cooler. Corrected On Site. Packages of rice removed, placed on tray one layer and chilled in freezer.
08A-22-1 Critical. Observed improper horizontal separation of raw animal foods and ready-to-eat foods. Observed a covered pan of raw prepd. Chicken stored adjacent to bags of blue cheese in walkin cooler.
22-28-1 Critical. Observed interior of reach-in cooler [salad trellis ] soiled with accumulation of food residue.
35A-07-1 Critical. Observed small flying insects in bar area and dishwashing area. Repeat Violation.
37-04-1 Observed wall soiled with accumulated black debris in dishwashing area and wall adjacent to beer tap at bar.
37-11-1 Observed attached equipment [ac vent] soiled with accumulated dust in dishmachine room.

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2 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2007 - June 30, 2008
Inspection For: LONGHORN STEAKS OF MERRITT ISL 5078
License Number: 1504700
License ID: 2135376
Inspection Visit ID: 2958004
Inspection Date: Thursday, March 27, 2008
Inspection Number: 1608652
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: 16
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 5
Number of Noncritical Violations: 11
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
15-12-1 Nonfood-contact equipment not designed and constructed in a durable manner. Observed unsealed opening along counter top by beer tap and upright refrigerator.
23-03-1 Observed build-up of grease on hood filters above cooking line.
23-06-1 Observed build-up of food debris,grease soil on table below flat grill and char grill,and on rack in salamander at cook's line.
23-06-1 Observed build-up of food debris on exterior of 4 door bar refrigerator.
32-15-1 Critical. No handwashing sign provided at a handsink used by food employees at waitress station.
35A-07-1 Critical. Observed small flying insects in dry food storeroom.
36-15-1 Observed food debris accumulated on kitchen floor below condensating unit for walkin cooler and behind prep table opposite walkin cooler,and behind oven at end of cookline.
36-15-1 Observed food debris accumulated on floor in corners of bar equipment.
36-22-1 Observed floor area(s) covered with standing water in cooking area and food storeroom.
37-13-1 Observed holes in ceiling in electrical room.
37-18-1 Observed dusty ceiling tiles and/or air conditioning vent covers in kitchen.
37-20-1 Hoods not cleaned to bare metal prior to surfaces becoming heavily contaminated with grease or oily sludge.
45-35-1 Critical. No current hood fire suppression system inspection report available from 11/07. Repeat Violation. Corrected On Site. Report from 11/12/07 lists no violations.
47-13-1 Critical. Circuit breaker box blocked by plywood and metal in electric room inaccessible.
47-16-1 Critical. Electrical outlet missing cover plate by waitress handsink.
51-11-1 Carbon dioxide/helium tanks not adequately secured in storeroom.

Inspection For: LONGHORN STEAKS OF MERRITT ISL 5078
License Number: 1504700
License ID: 2135376
Inspection Visit ID: 2958005
Inspection Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Inspection Number: 1608653
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: 16
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 10
Number of Noncritical Violations: 6
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
02-07-1 Critical. Observed processed ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food held more than 24 hours not properly date marked after opening for bulk cheeses in coolers.
03A-07-1 Critical. Observed potentially hazardous food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Shredded cheddar cheese was found cold holding at 46 degrees F in waitress cooler. Corrected On Site.
08A-23-1 Critical. Observed improper vertical separation of raw animal foods and ready-to-eat foods. Observed wrapped cooked prime rib sitting on top of raw prime rib in WIC. Corrected On Site.
14-36-1 Observed gaskets/seals on waitress and cookline coolers in poor repair.
14-37-1 Observed cutting boards grooved/pitted and no longer cleanable at cooklines.
14-41-1 Food-contact surface not smooth and easily cleanable. Observed rusting shelves in upright cookline freezer and on interior metal ceiling surfaces inside ice machine.
17-07-1 Critical. No "BAR-STAR chemical test kit provided when using chemical sanitizer at three-compartment sink.
22-09-1 Critical. Food-contact surfaces not cleaned after being contaminationed. Observed a blackmsubstance embedded in green cutting board in prep area of kitchen.
22-11-1 Critical. Food-contact surfaces [white cutting boards at cookline] in contact with potentially hazardous food not cleaned at least every four hours.
22-27-1 Critical. Observed food-contact surfaces encrusted with grease and/or soil deposits on door ledges and tracks on cookline draw coolers.
31-12-1 Critical. Observed handwash sink used for purposes other than handwashing. Observed used lemons from patron's drinks found in designated bar handsink.
35A-08-1 Critical. Observed live flies in rear kitchen and storeroom.
37-01-1 Ceiling tile missing above convection oven at cookline.
37-04-1 Observed wall soiled with accumulated black debris in dishwashing area.
38-07-1 Lights missing the proper shield, sleeve coatings or covers in dry storeroom.
45-35-1 Critical. No current hood fire suppression system inspection report available.

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3 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2006 - June 30, 2007
Inspection For: LONGHORN STEAKS OF MERRITT ISL
License Number: 1504700
Inspection Date: Friday, January 12, 2007
Inspection Number: 1488803
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: 15
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 7
Number of Noncritical Violations: 8
Details
1 risk violation of code 02 which requires:
  • “02 - Original container; properly labeled, date marking, shell stock tags.”
  • “02-11 - Consumer advisory on raw/undercooked oysters.”
  • “02-13 - Consumer advisory on raw/undercooked animal products.”
1 risk violation of code 03 which requires:
  • “03a - Cold food at proper temperatures during storage, display, service, transport and cold holding.”
  • “03b - Hot food at proper temperature.”
  • “03c - Foods properly cooked/reheated.”
  • “03d - Foods properly cooled.”
1 critical violation of code 04 which requires:
  • “Facilities to maintain product temperature.”
1 risk violation of code 08 which requires:
  • “08a - Food protection during storage, preparation, display, service, transportation.”
  • “08b - Cross-contamination, equipment, personnel, storage.”
  • “08c - Potential for cross-contamination, storage practices; damaged food segregated.”
1 risk violation of code 09 which requires:
  • “Foods handled with minimum contact.”
2 violations of code 14 which requires:
  • “Food contact surfaces designed, constructed, maintained, installed, located”
2 violations of code 29 which requires:
  • “Plumbing installed and maintained”
1 violation of code 37 which requires:
  • “Walls, ceilings, and attached equipment, constructed, clean”
2 violations of code 38 which requires:
  • “Lighting provided as required. Fixtures shielded”
1 violation of code 51 which requires:
  • “Other conditions sanitary and safe operation”
2 risk violations of code 53 which requires:
  • “53a - Food management certification valid.”
  • “53b - Employee training verification.”

Inspection For: LONGHORN STEAKS OF MERRITT ISL
License Number: 1504700
Inspection Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Inspection Number: 1488804
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: 0
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 0
Number of Noncritical Violations: 0

Inspection For: LONGHORN STEAKS OF MERRITT ISL
License Number: 1504700
Inspection Date: Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Inspection Number: 1488804
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 Critical/Risk Violations: 9
Number of Noncritical Violations: 5
Details
1 risk violation of code 01 which requires:
  • “01a - Food obtained from approved source.”
  • “01b - Wholesome, sound condition.”
1 risk violation of code 03 which requires:
  • “03a - Cold food at proper temperatures during storage, display, service, transport and cold holding.”
  • “03b - Hot food at proper temperature.”
  • “03c - Foods properly cooked/reheated.”
  • “03d - Foods properly cooled.”
1 critical violation of code 04 which requires:
  • “Facilities to maintain product temperature.”
1 critical violation of code 05 which requires:
  • “Thermometers provided and conspicuously placed.”
1 violation of code 10 which requires:
  • “In use food dispensing utensils properly stored”
1 violation of code 14 which requires:
  • “Food contact surfaces designed, constructed, maintained, installed, located”
1 critical violation of code 16 which requires:
  • “Dishwashing facilities designed, constructed, operated”
1 critical violation of code 17 which requires:
  • “Thermometers, gauges, test kits provided”
1 violation of code 22 which requires:
  • “Food contact surfaces clean and sanitized.”
1 violation of code 23 which requires:
  • “Non-food contact surfaces clean.”
1 violation of code 24 which requires:
  • “Storage/handling of clean equipment, utensils”
1 critical violation of code 28 which requires:
  • “Sewage and wastewater disposed properly.”
1 violation of code 38 which requires:
  • “Lighting provided as required. Fixtures shielded”
1 critical violation of code 45 which requires:
  • “Fire extinguishers - proper and sufficient (For Reporting Purposes Only)”

NoticeEach restaurant inspection report is a “snapshot” of conditions present at the time of the inspection. On any given day Longhorn Steakhouse #5078 in Merritt Island 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 Merritt Island's Longhorn Steakhouse #5078.

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 Longhorn Steakhouse #5078 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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