7 bars and restaurants in Fort Lauderdale fined and closed for breaking coronavirus rules


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – After a sweep of Las Olas Boulevard and other areas of Fort Lauderdale that lasted until 2 am, 7 establishments were fined and closed for failing to comply with the coronavirus guidelines on Friday evening.

The City of Fort Lauderdale’s Community Improvement and Compliance Division carried out what it called “unplanned compliance checks” by businesses.

“We will also ensure that no one has exceeded the maximum 50% occupancy in the building,” said Porshia Williams, Fort Lauderdale code compliance officer. Other compliance issues which, if not followed, could result in a fine and a stop were: customers not gathering in bars, tables at least six feet away, signage with COVID guidelines was posted and the companies in activity had been approved for phase 1 of the reopening of the city.

7 companies were found in violation, 6 were closed.

All businesses except one were fined $ 250. Piazza Italia was fined $ 15,000 for repeated violations. According to code compliance, the restaurant had already received warnings for violation of social distancing rules. Code officers found people dining on high tables against the bar on Friday.

In violation

Piazza Italia, 904, boulevard E. Las Olas, fine of $ 15,000, closure. Repeat the violations.

Café Del Mar, 101 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach, Boulevard, fine of $ 250 and closure. Do not wear facial coverings, no social distancing, no signs displayed.

Lucky’s Tavern, 214 SW 3rd Ave., fine of $ 250, closed, functioning as a bar. The bar establishment is not authorized to open during phase 1.

Panini Noodles, 821 E. Las Olas Blvd., fine of $ 250, no closure, using the bar, allowing customers to drink at the bar.

Original fatty cats, 320 SW 2nd St., fine of $ 250 and judgment. Large crowd, no social distancing, no signage.

Hospice, 110 S.W. 3rd Ave., $ 250 fine, closed. Large crowd, no social distancing, no signage.

Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar, 740 E. Las Olas Blvd., $ 250 fine, closed, functioning as a bar. Bar opening prohibited during phase 1.


American Social, 721 E. Las Olas Blvd.

Big City Tavern, 609 boulevard E. Las Olas

Café Europa, 910 E. Las Olas Blvd.

Casa Sensei, 1200 E. Las Olas Blvd.

El Camino, 817 E. Las Olas Blvd.

Louie Bossi’s Ristorante Bar Pizzeria, 1032 E. Las Olas Blvd.

Hollywood Brewing, 1103 E. Las Olas Blvd.

Macabi Havana Lounge, 1219 E. Las Olas Blvd.

Red Door Asian Bistro & Hibachi, 625 boulevard E. Las Olas

YOLO, 333 E. Las Olas Blvd.

Kaluz, 3300 E. Commercial Blvd.

At YOLO on Las Olas Boulevard, when it seemed that the crowd was large on Friday evening, the city found that they were in compliance, practicing social distancing, applying masks and within the limits of their capacities.

Tim Patrillo, of Yolo restaurant, said that it’s always difficult to make sure everyone wears a face mask and social distancing, since there are so many people coming in and out.

“I feel like the guests are also starting to be a lot more responsible,” said Patrillo.

The same goes for Big City Tavern. “No one was gathered at the bar. (We) haven’t noticed anything wrong, “said Williams.

At the American Social, where they had already been ordered to close for 24 hours, they were also in compliance.


Most of the companies visited on Saturday turned out to be in compliance at 9 p.m.

Spazio Restaurant, 239 S. Ft. Lauderdale Beach Blvd. was fined and arrested.

The code enforcement team will be on site on Saturday to crack down on businesses until 2 am, they said.

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