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Pensacola burger joint passes follow-up inspection after viral photos, remains closed

(image: WEAR) Pensacola burger joint passes follow-up inspection after viral photos, remains closed

UPDATE:

Tin Cow owner Joe Abston issued the following statement on Friday at 11:30 a.m.:

The health and safety of our patrons is and will always be our main priority at The Tin Cow. The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) visited our restaurant at 102 S. Palafox Street in downtown Pensacola today, and we passed their inspection.

However, for The Tin Cow, that is not enough.

In order to maintain the highest quality of food and service for our guests, as well as a safe working environment for our employees, we have decided to close the restaurant for the next several days for a full renovation.

During this time, we will conduct a thorough, deep cleaning using a trusted third-party company, as well as repair any and all damage to structures within our kitchen. We will also use this time to update and upgrade our entire restaurant, and establish a new training and daily cleaning protocol for all staff.

Additionally, we have hired an independent health inspection company to conduct multiple inspections of The Tin Cow to ensure that we exceed FDA codes for health and safety. That company will visit our restaurant today to conduct its first inspection.

We will be hiring a public safety and health expert to provide ongoing support of our facilities and protocols.

We are fully committed to restoring the trust of our customers by doing everything possible to make sure the establishment exceeds health code requirements and is a safe, inviting place to dine. We look forward to welcoming back our loyal patrons when we relaunch as a new and improved The Tin Cow.

For more updates about our reopening, we’re asking guests to stay tuned to our Facebook Page. We will be sharing the renovation process through Facebook Live broadcasts over the next week.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A popular Pensacola restaurant was shut down Thursday after a number of violations were discovered during an inspection by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR).

The inspection comes just days after photos that were reportedly taken inside the restaurant of feces, a dead rat, and food contaminated by animals made the rounds on social media.

The DBPR website lists the Tin Cow as temporarily closed, citing violations of Florida's sanitation and safety laws, which are based on the standards of U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Food Code.

The Tin Cow was noted by DBPR as having eight basic violations, one intermediate violation, and two high priority violations.

High Priority violations are those which could contribute directly to a foodborne illness or injury and include items such as cooking, reheating, cooling and hand-washing. DBPR cited live roaches found in the kitchen among the Tin Cow's high priority violations.

DPBR's procedures are designed to compel compliance with all violations through follow-up visits, administration action or closure when necessary.

You can see the full list of the violations found during the inspection of the Tin Cow HERE.

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