Off the Hook Seafood Market was forced to temporarily close after it failed a food health inspection last week.
According to a health inspection report filed by a health inspector with the Florida Department of Business and Profession Regulation, Off the Hook Seafood Market, which is located at 1301 NW 10th Street in Ocala, was shut down on Friday, March 25 after 13 health code violations were discovered.
Among the issues the restaurant was cited for were five high priority violations, including the presence of roach activity. The report states that approximately 35 live roaches were found in the kitchen area on the wall mounts for the shelves in the ware wash area, and between a non-working reach-in chest freezer and the mop sink.
Roach droppings were present on the reach-in chest freezer and mop sink, and on the wall mounts for the shelves in the kitchen.
The restaurant was also cited for an intermediate violation due to food not being properly marked with a date after the food’s package or container was opened.
The report does not indicate whether or not the restaurant has reopened.