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Restaurant Red Alert: Roaches force emergency closure of St. Pete's Ceviche

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UPDATE: 10 News has learned Ceviche just passed another inspection report, and plans to re-open by 4 p.m. Tuesday.

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida -- One of St. Pete's most famous downtown restaurants is closed after a state health inspector found serious health code violations.

Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant on Beach Drive was closed Monday after a state inspector documented temperature violations on the pork, salmon, shrimp, and calamari, an employee not properly washing their hands, and more than 25 live roaches along the cook's line.

See the full inspection report here.

As of Monday night, the restaurant remained under a temporary emergency closure. Ceviche has failed every single one of their inspections so far this year, requiring four follow up visits since January.

According to state records, previous inspections uncovered food stored in bulk containers outside, a dish machine not sanitizing properly, and a mold-like substance growing on the soda dispensing nozzles.

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