For the third time in less than two months – and the eighth time since November 2016 – a health inspector has forced the closure of an Ocala restaurant that touts an all-day breakfast as its specialty.

Richard’s Place, located at 316 E Silver Springs Blvd. in Ocala.

The inspector visited Richard’s Place, located at located at 316 E Silver Springs Blvd., last week and report five violations – two of which were listed as high priority – according to a report on file with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

The restaurant was closed at 10:29 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19 when the inspector reported finding sugar and flour stored in non-food grade containers and live roaches in the eatery – three in a wall on electrical conduit lines and two on a kitchen wall by double-door coolers.

In the eight times Richard’s Place has been shut down since Nov. 9, 2016, issues with live roaches were cited every time, records show.
During the most recent visit, the health inspector also recorded three basic violations. Those included:

  • About 15 dead roaches found in the customer waiting area and in the kitchen.
  • Cutting boards in the kitchen and waiting area with cuts in them, making then no longer cleanable.
  • A wet wiping cloth/towel in use under a cutting board.

The inspector returned later in the day and cited the restaurant a second time for the sugar and flower being stored in non-food containers. But the restaurant was deemed to meet inspection standards and was allowed to reopen at 2:33 p.m.