A Navarre restaurant, El Paso’s, located in Palm Tree Plaza on Navarre Parkway has been issued a temporary stop sale order on Sept. 28 by the Department of Business and Professional Regulations after an inspection of the business.
According to an employee of the restaurant, the restaurant closed its doors today and said it was because they didn’t have a cook. The sent the employees to the Fort Walton Beach location to pick up their checks.
The department cited six high priority violations, 11 intermediate violations and 19 basic violations. The six most critical violations included working under a hotel and restaurant license that expired in June; live, small flying insects in kitchen and dining area; raw animal foods not properly separated in freezer with all products not being commercially packaged; raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food. According to the violations, the stop sale was issued due to food not being in a wholesome, sound condition.
Numerous basic warnings were issued for what amounted to disrepair of the restaurant such as broken/cracked tiles, grease and dust buildup and non-sanitized equipment. Many of the basic violations were corrected on site.
It is not known when the restaurant will re-open.