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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Marion eatery cited for rat activity during failed health inspection

A restaurant in north Marion County was temporarily closed last week after a health inspector found evidence of rodent activity.

Antonio’s The Depot was shut down on Friday, April 19, after failing a health inspection conducted by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

During the inspection, the business was cited for at least 14 health code violations, including 2 considered high priority.

According to the report, the inspector observed 50 rodent droppings along a kitchen wall, 20 droppings behind a grill and fryer on the cook line, 12 droppings along another wall, and 15 droppings under a sink.

Additionally, the report notes that a bottle of ibuprofen was being improperly stored above a crock pot.

During a follow-up inspection on Saturday, April 20, only one violation was noted and the restaurant was permitted to reopen.

Antonio’s The Depot is located at 22060 N US Hwy 441 in Micanopy and is situated just south of Marion County’s border with Alachua County.