Saturday, June 22, 2013

Lightsey's Fish Company & Restaurant - Health Report

Scenic Restaurant Site - Some Food Safety Problems Reported

MOORE HAVEN, FL. -- With a generally good reputation over the decades, Lightsey's Fish Company And Restaurant in Okeechobee county has recently opened a branch in Glades County at the Hendry Isles resort area.

Located just north of State Road 80, east of LaBelle on a scenic bluff above the Caloosahatchee River. In January 2013, Lightsey's has taken over the old building that has housed numerous restaurants over the years. 

And directly across the street from where a dozen years ago apartments stood. The residential building burned down after a careless tenant was smoking in bed, say old timers.

Not a fancy place, but out of the way and quiet. Sunday Buffet in June 2013 was served from noon until 6 p.m. at a cost of $18.95. No other service was available other than the buffet.

Location: 1679 Indian Hills Drive, phone (863) 805-0686

The restaurant's latest Florida food safety inspection was made in April, 2013. Their first inspection was in January, where the inspector found an "Intermediate" level food safety violation.

The January inspection report said "Raw or undercooked oysters offered and establishment has no consumer advisory sign provided on wall, menu, placard, table tent or by any other written means. Raw animal foods must be fully cooked prior to service."

Here's the food safety violations the inspector found in April:

High Priority - Raw animal food stored over cooked food.raw hush puppy mix over ready to eat sauces **Corrected On-Site**
High Priority - Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food.bacon stored over raw vegetables **Corrected On-Site**
Basic - Old labels stuck to food containers after cleaning.
Intermediate - Accumulation of food debris/grease on food-contact surface.on mixer head
Basic - Clean equipment/dishware/utensils stored next to handwash/food preparation sink exposed to splash.observed clean dish rack hanging pots and utensils over dirty dish per wash exposed to splash and food debris.
Intermediate - No soap provided at handwash employee bathroom **Corrected On-Site**
Basic - Ceiling in disrepair.ceiling at dry storage / walkin cooler hanging with water damage and blackened plaster
Intermediate - Spray bottle containing toxic substance not labeled.
Basic - Carbon dioxide/helium tanks not adequately secured.


  1. Anonymous9:25 AM

    Amazing they could get in an for an inspection since they close whenever they want regardless of posted hours and several people have commented about them running out of food during service with only 8 people in restaurant at the time!

    1. Anonymous5:50 PM

      We have been changing hours on a monthly occurrence in correlation with business, as we are new to this area. inspector has been to new location several times and has helped us with our opening. yes, we have run out of fresh food, we have also ran out of product in okeechobee as well, due to high quality standards. 8 people were preceded by 70+, we did not just simply run out for just the 8....this trend will continue in order for us to supply the freshest seafood products to you.

      if youre wanting a change from the norm and desire these quality standards please come join us. We surely hope to see you

  2. Anonymous9:33 AM

    Been there once and turned away - saying they were closed an it was 5:00 on a Sunday. Buffet wasn't even broken down yet. An this was on Mother's day! Lost an easy $100.00 since it was a party of 4. Wont go back. Not looking to feed people apparently!

    An they urge us to support our local vendors and not take our business to the coast. How can that be done when they don't care to cater to people?

  3. Anonymous5:57 PM

    we were open for about three months before mothers day occurred. being that it was our first in the area (and one of our 1st sundays open) we set limited hours. of course we were looking to feed people, we fed many that day.

    lightsey's is as local as it gets and cater to people every day with fresh products. we feel that "locals" deserve the best we can give and we'll be there years if not decades to prove it