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COVID CRISIS: Aloha Food Shack Packed, Boca Officials Do Nothing

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DBPR Cites Restaurant For High Priority Violations, But City Of Boca Raton Takes No COVID Action

Aloha Food Shack in Boca Raton is packed, tables close together. (Photo taken Jan 10, 2021).

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BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Aloha Food Shack Restaurant in the City of Boca Raton continues to be the focus of readers who are concerned that it’s a constant COVID-19 super spreader. Of all the photos that we receive on an almost daily basis, none show consistent scenes like what is documented at Aloha Food Shack at 2151 N. Federal Highway.

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Aloha Food Shack on December 6, 2020.

City of Boca Raton officials still refuse to release information about actions taken — if any — by the City’s Department of Code Enforcement. Spokeswoman Chrissy Gibson, despite her job description as communications manager, is apparently violating Florida Statute by withholding the information requested multiple times by BocaNewsNow.com.

The latest photo, taken a week ago but just provided to BocaNewsNow.com, shows a packed restaurant with very little mask use. Tables appear crammed together. Several patrons are standing — closely together — with no facial coverings. The new photo appears similar to a scene documented on December 6th. If you are reading this in a news app the photos do not appear, click here.

The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation cited Aloha just days ago for two high priority violations:

High Priority – Time/temperature control for safety food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. cut cabbage and sprouts (45°F – Cold Holding); cut cherry tomatoes (47°F – Cold Holding) Observed at flip top cooler facing exit of kitchen. Observed flip top slightly open due to dressing bottles not allowing door to close.

High Priority – Time/temperature control for safety food hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above. sushi rice (92°F – Hot Holding) Observed sushi rice on kitchen counter. Operator stated that rice gets discarded every 4 hours. Emailed operator TPHC form which operator filled out during inspection. 

The restaurant was also cited for an intermediate violation:

Intermediate – Raw/undercooked animal food offered and establishment has no written consumer advisory. Raw animal foods must be fully cooked prior to service. Operator printed consumer advisory which she hung up.

Aloha is owned by Ono Grinds Holding and registered with the Florida Secretary of State with managing member Howard Mofshin. Mofshin did not respond to a message left at Aloha Food Shack — we’ll update this if he does. A check of Palm Beach County Court records suggests that the City of Boca Raton has taken no action to ensure COVID safety at Aloha Food Shack. Court records reveal that Mofshin has nothing more than a few routine traffic tickets. There are no records for Ono Grinds Holdings.

Why the City of Boca Raton is withholding citation and compliance information continues to be unclear. The City of Boca Raton designated its Division of Code Enforcement as the agency to handle COVID enforcement for businesses within the city limits. An order by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis prohibits fines for individuals, but businesses are still under order to comply.

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