Demand that Restaurant Address Dangerously Unsanitary Conditions


Target: John Takacs, General Manager of Hiro’s Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse

Goal: Reprimand Takacs for continuing to operate his business under unsanitary conditions

A Florida steakhouse and sushi bar is under fire after health inspectors found countless bugs–specifically cockroaches–swarming in the establishment’s sushi bar and even in diner’s napkins. Hiro’s Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse has been issued over 200 health code violations in the span of one year, yet the restaurant’s owner insists on continuing operations under these unsanitary conditions.

In a report by news outlet ABC, the restaurant’s General Manager John Takacs defended the business stating, “Being in Florida, there’s a lot of bugs,” and that, “Unfortunately, you cannot get every roach in a restaurant.” He went on to explain that he felt no reservations about conditions at Hiro’s Tokyo and expressed apathy towards the roaches and other bugs found in various parts of the establishment. This is simply unacceptable.

A video obtained by ABC News shows roaches teeming in coolers near the restaurant’s miso soup and underneath the sushi bar. State health inspectors have also discovered dozens of dead bugs lining the crevices of walk-in-freezers and the cook’s line. Further, the establishment has been fined a whopping $3,400 for serving food like tuna, salmon, eel and whitefish at dangerously unsafe temperatures.

With all of the fines and violations Hiro’s Tokyo continues to thrive while GM John Takacs undermines the severity of the situation by blaming delivery drivers and even Florida’s climate for the restaurant’s squalid conditions. Demand that Hiro’s Tokyo be shut down until the infestation and other serious issues are rectified.


Dear Mr. Takacs,

Your restaurant, Hiro’s Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse, is a dining customer’s worst nightmare. There are simply no excuses for the putrid conditions you choose to operate under and it is baffling that you feel your establishment can continue to stay in business without addressing these issues.

Consumers deserve to eat at restaurants where quality food, cleanliness and superb customer service are at the forefront. No one should be subjected to such squalor when they dine out. How many violations, fines and reprimands must it take for you to realize that it is unethical to continue serving food under these conditions?

You should be ashamed of yourself for defending such unsanitary behavior and it is only a matter of time before an unlucky diner becomes sick because of your negligence. I demand that you close Hiro’s Tokyo until you rectify the cockroach infestation and can guarantee that all food, especially sushi, will be served at the correct temperatures.


[Your Name Here]

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