Restaurant temporarily shuts down after viral photos of a dead rat and feces


PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) - 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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