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Restaurant health scores: 3 eateries score in the 70s

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Andrea Woodard of the Knox County Health Department demonstrates the proper procedure to wash hands for food service workers.
Saul Young/News Sentinel

The following restaurants were recently evaluated by the Knox County Health Department. Restaurant scores may change with follow-up visits. For more information on health scores, visit apps.health.tn.gov/EHInspections.

Perfect score

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, 950 Volunteer Landing: 100

J.C. Holdway, 501 Union Avenue: 100

Taqueria La Herraduro and commissary, 2625 N. Broadway: 100

Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop, 5400 Kingston Pike: 100

Volunteer Princess, 956 Volunteer Landing Lane: 100

Gordo’s Market Catering, 3009 N. Central Street: 100

Tandur Indian Restaurant, 6502 Kingston Pike: 100

Little Bangkok, 603 Campbell Station Road: 100

Nick J’s Cafe, 1526 Lovell Road: 100

Schulz Brau Brewing, 126 Bernard Avenue: 100

Public House, 212 W. Magnolia Ave.: 100

Sweet P’s BBQ, 410 W. Jackson Ave.: 100

Pizza Hut, 7504 Clinton Highway: 100

Jackie’s Dream, 2223 McCalla Avenue: 100

Archer’s BBQ, 5415 Kingston Pike: 100

Uptown Bar Grill, 1912 Cumberland Avenue: 100

First Watch Daytime Cafe, 6474 Kingston Pike: 100

Good Golly Tamale, 112 S. Central Street: 100

Saddle Bags Bar Grill, 8503 Old Rutledge Pike: 100

Moe’s Southwest Grill, 1800 Cumberland Ave.: 100

Dine-A-Mite Diner, 611 Winona Street: 100

Priority item violations

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, 5615 Clinton Highway. Violation: Toxic substances improperly stored and identified; 95

Waffle House, 6230 Papermill Road. Violation: Toxic substances improperly stored and identified: 95

Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe, 6102 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper hot holding temperatures; improper cold holding temperatures: 95

Wendy’s, 1806 Cumberland Avenue. Violation: Toxic substances improperly stored and identified: 93

Waffle House, 411 N. Cedar Bluff Road. Violation: Food contact surfaces improperly stored and identified: 92

El Charro, 3816 Sutherland Avenue. Violation: Improper cooling time and temperature; toxic substances improperly stored and identified: 90

International House of Pancakes, 7128 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper date marking and disposition: 90

Jeffrey’s Signature Sandwiches, 10710B Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper hot holding temperatures; improper cold holding temperatures; food products improperly separated and protected from contamination: 90

Red Onion Pizza, 3625 Sutherland Avenue. Violation: Improper date marking and disposition; food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 89

China Pearl, 115 Brooklawn Street. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures; food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized; toxic substances improperly stored and identified: 77

Wasabi, 226 Lovell Road. Violation: Noncompliant with time as a public health control policy and procedures; toxic substances improperly stored and identified; food additives noncompliant with proper use; noncompliant with Hazard Analysis Critical. Control Point policy and procedures; management not aware and/or able to demonstrate proper knowledge of duties; noncompliant with proper handwashing policy and procedures; food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 73

Bombay Palace, 10901 Parkside Drive. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures; food improperly separated and protected from contamination; Noncompliant with proper handwashing policy and procedures; management unaware of employee health awareness and reporting; improper cold holding temperatures; food-contact surfaces improperly stored and identified: 72

 

 

Knox County Health Department restaurant scores include a low score of 76

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Fast food joints are cleaner than swanky restaurants and even cleaner than your home kitchen! Sean Dowling (@seandowlingtv) has more.
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The following restaurants were recently evaluated by the Knox County Health Department. Restaurant scores may change with follow-up visits. For more information on health scores, visit http://apps.health.tn.gov/EHInspections 

Perfect score

Cherry Hill Cafe, 4928 Homberg Drive: 100

J.C. Holdway, 501 Union Ave.: 100

Clubhouse, 132 Hinton: 100

Petro’s, 3001 Knoxville Center Drive: 100

Apple Cake Tea Room, 11312 Station West Blvd.: 100

Mooyah, 7301 Kingston Pike: 100

Arby’s, 6909 Kingston Pike: 100

Starbucks (kiosk), 7600 Kingston Pike: 100

Priority item violation

Turkish Market Deli, 8078 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper date marking and disposition; improper hot holding temperatures: 95

Bida Saigon, 8078 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures: 94

Waffle House, 411 N. Cedar Bluff Road. Violation: Food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 92

Cruze Farm Asbury, 2721 Asbury Road. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures: 91

Little Joe’s Pizza, 13100 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper date marking and disposition: 90

Bistro by the Tracks, 215 Brookview Centre Way. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures; improper hot holding temperatures; noncompliant with proper hand washing policies and procedures: 88

Potrillos Taqueria, 11151 Kingston Pike. Violation: Management unaware of employee health policies and procedures; food products improperly separated and protected: 85

Colonel’s Cafe, 4809 Newcomb Ave. Violation: Toxic substances improperly stored and identified; noncompliant with proper handwashing policies and procedures; toxic substances improperly stored and identified: 83

Don Delfis, 120 West End Ave. Violation: Improper date marking and disposition; food improperly separated and protected; food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized; noncompliant with proper hygienic practices: 80

Sakura King, 11145 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures; noncompliant with time as a public health control policy; person in charge failed to demonstrate proper supervisory knowledge; noncompliant with proper hand washing policies and procedures; food products improperly separated and protected: 77

Sam and Andy’s West, 11110 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper cooling time and temperature; improper hot holding temperatures; improper date marking and disposition; food improperly separated and protected from contamination; noncompliant with no bare hand contact with ready-to-eat foods; management noncompliant with employee health policy and procedures: 76

Knox County Health Department’s Restaurant inspection scores

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Andrea Woodard of the Knox County Health Department demonstrates the proper procedure to wash hands for food service workers.
Saul Young/News Sentinel

The following restaurants were recently evaluated by the Knox County Health Department. Restaurant scores may change with follow-up visits. For more information on health scores visit apps.health.tn.gov/EHInspections.

Perfect score

Steak n Shake, 500 E. Emory Road: 100

New Full House, 3507 W. Emory Road: 100

Hibachi Factory, 1815 Cumberland Avenue: 100

Shono’s Japanese Grill, 120 S. Peters Road: 100

Billiards Brews, 8705 Unicorn Drive: 100

Time Warp Tea Room, 1209 N. Central: 100

Wild Love Bakehouse, 1625 N. Central: 100

Sonic, 5003 Millertown Pike: 100

Copper Cellar (downstairs), 1807 Cumberland Avenue: 100

Preservaton Pub (upper kitchen), 28 Market Square: 100

Foundry, 747 Worlds Fair Park Drive: 100

Texas Roadhouse, 3071 Kinzel Way: 100

Mabel’s Cafe, University of Tennessee, 2640 Morgan Cr.: 100

Priority items

Zoe’s Kitchen, 6638 Kingston Pike. Violation: Food-contact surfaces improperly stored and identified: 94

Tokyo Hibachi and Sushi, 9470 S. Northshore Drive. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures:94

The Front Porch, 1509 W. Emory Road. Violation: Toxic substances improperly stored and identified: 94

Salsarita’s, 570 E. Emory Road. Violation: Toxic substances improperly stored and identified: 93

Aubrey’s, 6005 Brookvale Lane. Violation: Improper reheating of hot holding foods: 93

Mama Mia Cuisine, 9115-C Executive Park Drive. Violation: Improper cooling time and temperature; improper cold holding temperatures: 93

Fuji Japanese Grill, 10508 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper cooling time and temperature; noncompliant with time as a public health control policy and procedures: 93

Qdoba, University of Tennessee, 1000 Phillip Fulmer Way. Violation: Improper hot holding temperatures: 93 

Panda Express, University of Tennessee, 1659 Cumberland Avenue. Violation: Noncompliant with good conditioned food products: 92

Asia Cafe West, 8111 Gleason Drive. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures; noncompliant with time as a public health control policy and procedures: 91

Panda Express, University of Tennessee, 1000 Phillip Fulmer Way. Violation: Food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 91

Copper Cellar (upstairs), 1807 Cumberland Ave.: Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures: 91

Texas Roadhouse, 3071 Kinzel Way. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures: 91

Austin’s Steak Buffet, 900 Merchants Drive. Violation: Food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 90

Raising Cane’s, University of Tennessee, 1659 Cumberland Avenue. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures; food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 88

Crown Plaza (kitchen), 401 Summitt Hill Drive. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures; improper date marking and disposition; noncompliant with food products improperly cleansed and sanitized: 87

Brown Bag, 800 S. Gay Street. Violation: Improper hot holding temperatures; food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 87

El Mezcal, 11110 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper cooling time and temperatures; improper cold holding temperatures; improper date marking and disposition; toxic substances improperly stored and identified; food-contact surfaces improperly stored and identified; noncompliant with bare hand contact with ready-to-eat foods; management unaware of food employee health reporting: 71

Kabuki, 10901 Parkside Drive. Violation: Noncompliant with time as a public health control policy and procedures; toxic substances improperly stored and identified; food products improperly separated and protected; noncompliant with food sourcing records;  food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized; noncompliant with bare-hand contact with ready-to-eat foods: 65

 

 

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Andrea Woodard of the Knox County Health Department demonstrates the proper procedure to wash hands for food service workers.
Saul Young/News Sentinel

The following restaurants were recently evaluated by the Knox County Health Department. Restaurant scores may change with follow-up visits. For more information on health scores visit https://apps.health.tn.gov/EHInspections.

Perfect score

Village Bakery, 6202 Chapman Highway: 100

Kazoku Hibachi Express, 1328 Candlewick Road: 100

Bijou Theater Catering, 803 S. Gay Street: 100

Savory and Sweet (Mobile), 200 Hartford Rd.: 100

The Tree and Vine, 439 Union Avenue: 100

Copper Cellar/Cappuccinos, 7316 Kingston Pike: 100

Q-doba Mexican Grill, 7339 Kingston Pike: 100

Golden Garden, 5737 Western Avenue: 100

Brenz Pizza Co., 1705 Cumberland Avenue: 100

The Hill, 1105 Forest Avenue: 100

Sugar Momma’s, 135 S. Gay Street: 100

Market House Cafe, 36 Market Square: 100

Wendy’s, 425 E. Emory Road: 100

Taco Bell, 401 Lovell Road: 100

Five Guys, 7531 Barnett Way: 100

Inskip Grill, 101 E. Inskip Drive: 100

The Tomato Head, 12 Market Square: 100

Panda House, 9209 Middlebrook Pike: 100

Barberito’s, 215 Brookview Center Way: 100

Surin of Thailand, 6213 Kingston Pike: 100

Trio Cafe, 13 Market Square: 100

The Casual Pint, 421 Union Avenue: 100

Priority violations

TBE Coffee Shop at City County Building, 400 Main Street. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures; improper hot holding temperatures: 95

Prime Time NY Style Hot Dog, 800 S. Gay Street. Violation: Improper hot holding temperatures: 95

Regal Riviera 8 Theatre, 510 S. Gay Street. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures: 94

Pero’s on the Hill, 7206 Northshore Drive. Violation: Food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 94

LaFetta’s Soul Food Restaurant, 703 N. Cherry Street. Violation: Improper hot holding temperatures; improper cold holding temperatures: 93

Dragon Den Restaurant, 10205 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper date marking and disposition: 93

Not Watson’s, 15 Market Square. Violation: Noncompliant with no bare hand contact with ready-to-eat foods: 93

LaFiesta Mexican Restaurant, 5707 Western Avenue. Violation: Noncompliant with good hygienic practices: 92

Asian Hibachi, 7241 S. Northshore Drive. Violation: Noncompliant with food in good condition policy and procedures: 92

O’Charley’s, 8077 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper hot holding temperatures; improper cold holding temperatures; noncompliant with food in good condition policy and procedures; 90

Calhoun’s, 6515 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper reheating procedures for hot holding foods; noncompliant with bare hand contact with ready-to-eat foods: 90

Crown Goose, 123 S. Central. Violation: Improper date marking and disposition; 89

Petro’s, 7005 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper date marking and disposition; noncompliant with approved food sources: 89

McDonald’s, 327 Lovell Road. Violation: Food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized; toxic substances improperly stored and identified: 88

Star of Knoxville Commissary, 300  Neyland Drive. Violation: Improper date marking and disposition; Food contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 88

Ray’s Deli, 7220 Chapman Highway. Violation: Improper hot holding temperatures; improper date marking and disposition: 88

Krystal, 410 Lovell Road. Violation: Toxic substances improperly stored and identified; noncompliant with proper handwashing policy and procedures: 85

Sonic, 10704 Kingston Pike. Violation: Noncompliant with proper handwashing policy and procedures; food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized; management noncompliant with food employee health awareness/reporting: 82

Babalu Tacos and Tapas, 412 S. Gay Street. Violation: noncompliant with proper handwashing policy and procedures; food improperly separated and protected from contamination; food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized; 82

Chef’s Asian Cuisine, 110 Hardin Valley Drive. Violation: Improper cooling time and temperatures; improper cold holding temperatures; improper date marking and disposition; noncompliant with proper handwashing policy and procedures; food-contact surfaces imiproperly cleansed and sanitized: 80

Azul Tequila, 11242 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures; food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized; person in charge noncompliant with employee health policy and procedures; person in charge noncompliant with supervisory duties; improper cold holding temperatures; food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed andn sanitized; improper cold holding temperatures: 79

Bojangles, 505 Lovell Road. Violation: Toxic substances improperly stored and identified; person in charge noncompliant with food employee health awareness and reporting; noncompliant with proper handwashing policy and procedures: 78

Rice King, 12564 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures; improper date marking and disposition; person in charge noncompliant with food employee health awareness and reporting; food improperly separated and protected from contamination; toxic substances improperly stored and identified: 77

House of Dragon, 1902 Cumberland Avenue. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures; improper date marking and disposition; person in charge noncompliant with supervisory duties; food improperly separated and protected from contamination; noncompliant with food from approved sources: 75

Woodlands Indian Restaurant, 8520 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper date marking and disposition; toxic substances improperly stored and identified; food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 75

Asia Kitchen, 8511 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures; improper date marking and disposition; toxic substances improperly stored and identified; food contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized; food improperly separated and protected from contamination; noncompliant with proper hand washing policy and procedures; person in charge noncompliant with supervisory duties; management noncompliant with food employee health awareness and reporting: 50

 

 

They should eat their words! Snapshots capture restaurant menu misprints and serving slip-ups that are enough to put …

  • Online gallery captures the biggest restaurant fails on the web
  • Include unfortunate spelling mistakes on signs and misprints on menus 
  • Most were snapped by baffled customers and shared on social media  

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Reading a restaurant menu should tantalise the taste buds in anticipation of the meal ahead.

But just a cursory glance at some of the dishes on offer below is enough to put you off your lunch altogether. 

The gallery of snaps, which have all been circulating online, reveal ill-advised restaurant names, unfortunate misprints on menus, and some seriously unappetising presentation. 

From a Japanese restaurant named ‘Bad’ Sushi, to poached eggs and sausages arranged to resemble something nobody wants to see on their breakfast plate, scroll down for a selection of dining disasters. 

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Rather than reprinting the menu after spotting a rather significant mistake, this restaurant just amended it in biro

5aea9_46289B2300000578-0-image-a-25_1510305355469 They should eat their words! Snapshots capture restaurant menu misprints and serving slip-ups that are enough to put ...

International menu: The American Delight restaurant features some surprisingly eclectic cuisines, given its name 

5aea9_46289B2300000578-0-image-a-25_1510305355469 They should eat their words! Snapshots capture restaurant menu misprints and serving slip-ups that are enough to put ...

The chef should have thought twice before sending this breakfast arrangement out of the kitchen

5aea9_46289B2300000578-0-image-a-25_1510305355469 They should eat their words! Snapshots capture restaurant menu misprints and serving slip-ups that are enough to put ...

One restaurant customer was highly offended by this slight on Dr Pepper on its menu

5aea9_46289B2300000578-0-image-a-25_1510305355469 They should eat their words! Snapshots capture restaurant menu misprints and serving slip-ups that are enough to put ...

Here’s a tip: If you want people to visit your restaurant, don’t name it ‘Bad’ Sushi 

5aea9_46289B2300000578-0-image-a-25_1510305355469 They should eat their words! Snapshots capture restaurant menu misprints and serving slip-ups that are enough to put ...

A prankster meddled with the letters on this Popeyes roadside sign – with comical results 

5aea9_46289B2300000578-0-image-a-25_1510305355469 They should eat their words! Snapshots capture restaurant menu misprints and serving slip-ups that are enough to put ...

Another unfortunately phallic looking meal snapped by an unhappy customer 

5aea9_46289B2300000578-0-image-a-25_1510305355469 They should eat their words! Snapshots capture restaurant menu misprints and serving slip-ups that are enough to put ...

Customers shown to this table will find they have some company for their meal 

5aea9_46289B2300000578-0-image-a-25_1510305355469 They should eat their words! Snapshots capture restaurant menu misprints and serving slip-ups that are enough to put ...

Sounds appetising: Swipe just a couple of letters from a sign, and it can have a whole different meaning 

5aea9_46289B2300000578-0-image-a-25_1510305355469 They should eat their words! Snapshots capture restaurant menu misprints and serving slip-ups that are enough to put ...

Not sure that’s going to get customers in: The unfortunate juxtaposition of two signs sends a disturbing message 


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Restaurant wait times are coming soon to Google Search and Maps

Nobody likes waiting at a restaurant, especially when the default response is “5-10 minutes” and the actual wait time is significantly longer. To alleviate this, Google has announced that both Search and Maps will soon feature wait times for hundreds of thousands of sit-down restaurants, enabling you to plan your meals ahead.

d0b13_nexus2cee_Wait_Times_v3_Composite_1_zDAC0G5 Restaurant wait times are coming soon to Google Search and Maps

When this functionality rolls out, you’ll be able to use it by searching for the restaurant on Google, opening the business listing, and scrolling down to the ‘Popular Times’ section. Here, you’ll see the estimated wait time for the current time, as well as for other time periods. Plus, you can see each day’s wait times below the hour bars, allowing you to plan ahead to avoid busy times. All of these wait time estimates are extracted from anonymized historical data.

You’ll see this roll out soon on Google Search, and it’ll come to Maps shortly after. No longer will you have to restlessly wait to be seated.

Health inspectors shut down popular restaurant

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Insects, rodents found at Calafia Café

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The Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health temporarily shut down Calafia Café Market A Go-Go at Town Country Village in Palo Alto on Thursday after inspectors discovered insects and rodents — violations that are “an immediate danger to public health,” according to a Nov. 2 suspension notice posted in the restaurant’s window.

According to a health department online report, inspectors determined that the food was “subject to contamination from vermin.” The restaurant was ordered to remain closed until the health department issued a written reinstatement of its operating permit. No other updates were available online as of Saturday morning, but the restaurant was open for business.

Restaurant employee Molly Moll said the restaurant shut down briefly due to “a repair issue” on Friday morning, but was reopen for dinner service later that day.

“We made the repair on early Friday and were open by 4 p.m. last night, and we’re very busy today,” she said when reached by phone on Saturday morning during the breakfast rush.

The general manager said he was not aware that the health department had inspected the restaurant, issued a temporary suspension or placed a “closed” notice in the window when reached by telephone on Saturday. He declined to comment further.

The restaurant, which readers voted a “Best Of” winner in the Palo Alto Weekly’s annual survey of local businesses earlier this year, has passed eight consecutive inspections since 2015, including a follow-up inspection in January and a routine inspection in July.

Former Google chef Charlie Ayers opened the farm-to-table restaurant at 855 El Camino Real in 2009. Earlier this year, it became the first restaurant to feature “Sally,” a salad bar vending machine aimed at reducing foodborne illnesses by assembling salads out of vegetables stored in refrigerated canisters.

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Posted by It all makes sense now
a resident of Midtown
7 hours ago

This make so much sense to me as my son and I have both gotten sick multiple times after eating at Calafia.

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Posted by Sense and Sensibility
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
6 hours ago

Dang, I’ve gone there many times and never gotten sick!

Why keep going, Makes Sense, if you and your son keep getting sick? Does that make sense?

Why didn’t the reporter go over Friday evening or Saturday morning to check things out? Doesn’t seem responsible to blast a big headline and not follow up!

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Posted by still the best salads -reasonably priced

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Posted by Allen
a resident of Old Palo Alto
5 hours ago

WTF? This article is lacking in clarity to say the least. What are the FACTS? Maybe facts are so irrelevant these days that reporters don’t even try. How about a link to the health department report or a reporter checking if they are open or not.

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Posted by Stay At Home Mom
a resident of Palo Alto High School
4 hours ago

Things are changing around here.
This area is becoming increasingly filthier each year as our population increases.

I never thought I would see numerous rat traps and cockroaches in Palo Alto, but we have them now.

For cost and safety reasons, our family eats at home.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
4 hours ago

I fear that the increase in vermin and pests may have something to do with the composting bins. Now that people just dump their food waste without thought into the green cans instead of carefully wrapping them inside garbage bags and putting them in the black can, and because so many of the green cans have broken lids, it is now a wonderful buffet for vermin.

I can’t say I’m surprised that there is now an increase in critters looking for pickings.

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Posted by Paly Grad
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
4 hours ago

Search this link:

Web Link

for Calafia Market A Go Go

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Posted by Compost does not work
a resident of Barron Park
3 hours ago

The heavy handed compost program forced upon restaurants and homes is the cause. There has been a huge increase in vermin everywhere due to this ridiculous program. There’s no way to stay ahead of the increase in rat population. Mice work city council and Green Waste.

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Posted by Waitress
a resident of Crescent Park
2 hours ago

Rats in Palo Alto are nothing new. When my family purchased their beautiful home on Crescent Drive in the 70s it was infested with rats. That was back in the days before composting and recycling and when there were more undeveloped fields along El Camino.

Palo Alto used to be crawling with all sorts of critters: bears, mountain lions, bobcats and lots of frogs. Humans killed off most animals but there are still lots of raccoons, possums, skunks, squirrels, and rats. I think pesticides and weed killers killed off the frogs that were abundant when I moved here in the 70s.

I work in a restaurant at Stanford Shopping Center that I won’t name… I can’t believe how filthy it is. There is only one tiny sink in the kitchen where the wait staff can wash their hands, and it is filthy. The trash can is overflowing and most of the trash ends up on the floor. The servers are over-worked and rarely even have a chance to wash their hands. Once you work in a restaurant it’s difficult to eat at one!

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Posted by mattie
a resident of Downtown North
2 hours ago

The link provided by “Paly Grad” is interesting. Save that URL for the next time Rand Paul type tries to tell you that we don’t need basic government regulations.

Based on other info from that site (link below), it appears that Calfia is not at all unique… we’ve had a number of Palo Alto restaurants with forced closures (most of which reopen same day or a few later) recently (page one goes back to May), including Darbar, Counter, Chantal Guillon, Spot, New York New York, and Steam.

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I’m not suggesting we should avoid these places, but it’s nice to know county government is doing their job and making the results transparently available.

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Restaurant named in hepatitis crisis had health code problems before – The San Diego Union

The Pacific Beach restaurant that was the subject last month of a warning from county officials about possible hepatitis A exposure was also preparing for an administrative hearing after repeatedly violating California food laws, according to San Diego County inspection records.

The inspection issues at World Famous are an unfortunate coincidence, restaurant managers say, having nothing to do with the hepatitis A situation. Also, they say, any health issues have been addressed.

Still, the restaurant’s health scores put it in rare company among eateries that have received poor marks from the county.

County records show inspectors gave World Famous a grade of 83 following a Sept. 8 inspection and scheduled an administrative hearing because of a longtime pattern of noncompliance. One week later, the hepatitis case was announced and the restaurant closed, voluntarily and temporarily.

Restaurant fails trying to conceal ‘B’ health code grade

A downtown Manhattan restaurant has come up with a dimwitted idea to cover up its less-than-stellar city health-inspection grade — placing an illuminated “A” over the “B” displayed in its window.

City workers found evidence of mice, roaches and poor cleaning habits at the East Village’s Downtown Bakery when they visited there Oct. 3, and slashed its rating from an “A” to a “B.”

But the glass frame displaying the grade in the First Avenue joint has a trick — it lights up with a bright blue “A”, eclipsing the actual grade.

And the misleading display did not sit well with passers-by.

“It makes me think that someone’s doing something fraudulent,” said Belinda Johnson.

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Downtown BakeryAngel Chevrestt

An employee claimed it’s all a misunderstanding, saying the eatery used to have an “A,” but employees forgot to change the frame when the restaurant rating was downgraded nearly a month ago.

“We don’t want to mislead anyone,” said the worker, who gave the name Coco.

The eatery got an “A” rating during a previous inspection in February — although evidence of mice and roaches was noticeable then, too, city records show.

Staff had ample opportunity to realize the display was misleading — it fell on the floor once before someone put it back up — and after that, it began to malfunction and blink, which someone pointed out to workers, Coco said.

“Maybe a week and a half ago, someone brought it to our attention,” he said.

The city will look into the letter-grade modifier, according to Health Department rep Julien Martinez.

“Obstructing a restaurant letter grade is a serious violation that puts consumers at risk,” he said.

Restaurant Bans Kids And The Internet Has Feelings About It

A Tampa area restaurant that serves pizza and craft beer has decided to ban children, and inconvenienced parents aren’t happy about it.

But not everyone disagrees.

A pizza place in Tampa, Florida, the establishment’s owner decided to ban kids, and the internet is weighing in.

Troy Taylor, the owner of Hampton Station, admitted to WKRG that it wasn’t an easy decision. “I definitely think that sales are gonna take a dip.”

If local mom and dedicated pizza lover (she even has a pizza tattoo!) Stephanie Gallego’s response is any indication, he’s right. “Kids can be a ruckus sometimes, but if you’re trying to market in our community, I wouldn’t necessarily ban kids. I would possibly talk to the parents of them,” she said.

But not everyone has a problem with Hampton Station’s decision.

A Tampa Bay moms group on Facebook put the issue to its members, and seeing as the place positions itself as a bar, most of them seem okay with it. After all, like this mom says, sometimes you want to go where nobody calls your name.

“Their business, their choice. If I want to eat with my kids, I’ll go someplace else. If I want to avoid all kids, I love knowing there is a place for that too.”

Every parent needs the occasional respite from children, both their own and others. Especially parents with a lot of kids!

“I have 5 kids of my own and I think this is totally acceptable! If it’s a bar type atmosphere, why bring your kids there anyways? Just my two cents.” It’s okay to admit that.

One mom suspects the people complaining are hypocrites.

“These people that are upset are probably the same exact people that go out on date night to a bar and give stank eye to a person who decided to bring their kids to a bar and grill.”

It’s clear that Hampton Station’s owner had real reasons for prohibiting children.

Taylor says he only made the decision after some kids were acting out in a way that put themselves and other customers at risk, therefore, putting his business at risk. “We had an incident last week where some kids were endangering themselves and others,” he explains.

I live in Brooklyn, and in my neighborhood, it’s pretty much taken for granted that if your place serves food, kids are going to be in there sometimes, craft beers or not. It’s actually one of the charms. But not everyone appreciates it, and sometimes that includes even me.

When I have a date night, the last thing I need to deal with is someone else’s kids reminding me why date nights are so hard to begin with.

There are plenty of places that allow kids and serve beer. It makes sense that there should be some places that go the other way, should they so choose. Ultimately, it’s the business’s decision, and it’s a much bigger deal to the people making their living there than the customers who have plenty of other options.

“I haven’t got much sleep the past four or five days really, because of this. ‘Cause this is my livelihood,” the owner said.

Ziggie’s restaurant on Republic Road racks up multiple serious food code violations – Springfield News

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Studies show that one out of every six Americans get food poisoning from contaminated foods. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are certain types of foods that are more likely to get you sick that others. They state Spinach causes nearly half of the food related illnesses in the US. Chicken and Poultry can cause serious infections, and sprouts can breed bacteria because they are farmed in moist environments. Be careful and make sure to clean fresh fruits and vegetables before consumption.
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The Ziggie’s Café location at Republic Road and Kansas Expressway has been inspected twice this month by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, which found multiple serious violations of Missouri’s food code.

A health department official told the News-Leader Friday that the authorities have received no Ziggies-related complaints of alleged food-borne illness from members of the public.

But on Oct. 20, health department inspectors found nine “priority violations” at the Ziggie’s at 2129 W. Republic Road.

A “priority violation” is defined on the department’s website as “critical items (that) can have a direct impact on the safety of the food.”

The restaurant’s dining room manager, Christine Forte, told the News-Leader she had not read the two health department reports but has begun taking steps to address issues brought to her attention.

Forte said Ziggie’s brought in a maintenance worker to repair mechanical issues with a prep cooler and that the restaurant is educating staff, in part by providing Spanish-language publications for staff whose first language is Spanish.

“Basically we’re meeting Tuesday to implement all the directives,” Forte said. “(The health-department inspector) is really trying hard to work with us on education.”

Three of the Ziggie’s violations were of prime concern to inspectors, said Erica Little, an administrator of environmental health with the department who works with the inspector who examined Ziggie’s.

  • Raw hamburgers were stored directly on top of raw pork chops, a potential cause of cross-contamination.
  • Ham was stored in an overly full pan inside a prep cooler at 54°F, rather than cold-holding at 41°F as required.
  • Potentially hazardous foods cooked the day before the inspection were not properly cooled to 41°F within six hours. These foods are required to be cooled from 135°F to 70°F in the first two hours after being cooked, then cooled to 41°F in the next four hours.

“Cooling is where we have something that could really make someone sick,” Little told the News-Leader Friday.

As food cools down after cooking, bacteria begins to grow. When food temperature is adequately lowered, it mitigates bacteria growth to an acceptable level, Little said.

If food isn’t cooled enough, bacteria can reach unsafe levels, even if the food is reheated to a proper temperature.

“There can be so many colonies of bacteria, it won’t kill them all in the heating process,” Little said.

On Oct. 20, the inspector warned Ziggie’s that it could face a 24-hour suspension of its health permit if repeated priority violations happened.

Four days later, on Tuesday, the department reinspected Ziggie’s and found six priority violations, including issues with washing hands and wearing gloves.

But, Little said, the situation is not so serious at this time that the restaurant has had a 24-hour suspension or been placed on a “risk control plan.”

“They were not put on a risk control plan back at that reinspection because they corrected what were the main issues of concern,” Little said, meaning that there were no issues with cross-contamination or cooling process found Tuesday.

“We are working with them to do a food school at their request,” she added.

Food employees can take a course offered monthly at the health department, and the department also provides “tailored” food schools at restaurants.

“We might just go in and help them in their own environment with the cooling process or a couple of other issues they might be struggling with,” Little said.

The department also offers online training that is broader-based, she said.

Little cautioned that a health inspection represents a “snapshot” of conditions at a restaurant on a given day and that violations found sometimes require a reinspection in three days, seven days or less frequently.

Forte, the Ziggie’s manager, noted that she was surprised that the restaurant had issues, telling the News-Leader, “That’s the last thing we would ever want, to make somebody sick.”

Little, with the health department, said that members of the public who complain of a food-related illness believe they were made sick by food from the last place where they ate.

But science frequently shows otherwise. Stool samples — a service the health department provides — often reveal that food making a person sick was consumed many hours, if not days, before symptoms emerge.

“Oftentimes it’s actually at home,” Little said.

Ziggie’s Café also has two locations on Glenstone Avenue.

Read the health department reports on Ziggie’s at 2129 W. Republic Rd.

Oct. 24 reinspection
Priority Violations Found: 6

  • Observed: food employee handled ready to eat bacon with bare hands Required: ready to eat food shall be handled with clean, gloved hands. Education given; hands washed, gloves put on. Repeat priority violation
  • Observed: improper employee drink in kitchen. Required: employee drinks shall have lid and straw or handle to eliminate touching mouth-contact surface. Corrected by throwing drink out.
  • Observed: food employee did not wash hands prior to putting on gloves. Required: hands shall be properly washed prior to putting on gloves. Corrected by properly washing hands then donning gloves. Repeat priority violation.
  • Observed: food employee did not use paper towels to turn off water when washing hands Required: food employees shall dry hands with paper towels then use paper towels to turn off water. Education given; hands rewashed.
  • Observed: pancake batter, prepped the day prior, temped 43F in walk-in cooler Required: prepared PHFs, such as batter, shall be cooled to 41F in four hours of being prepared. Product discarded. Repeat priority violation.
  • Observed: ham temped 45F, tomatoes temped 43F, in prep cooler; product overfilled in pan Required: PHFs shall cold-hold at 41F or below. Product discarded. Repeat priority violation.
  • Nonpriority Violations Found: 1
  • Observed: noodles, cooling, found with lid on container in walk-in cooler; product temped 70F after one hour Required: PHFs shall be uncovered during cooling process. Repeat violation.

Oct. 20 inspection

  • Establishment will be placed on a Risk Control Plan and is hereby given notice that future repeat priority violations or failure to meet requirements of Risk Control Plan may result in the 24-hour suspension of health permit. 
  • Priority Violations Found: 9
  • Observed: food employees observed handling raw onions with bare hands Required: ready-to-eat foods shall be handled with hands that have been properly washed and with gloves on. Corrected on site by discarding onions. Repeat priority violation 4x.
  • Observed: ham (54F) not cold-holding at prep cooler; item overfilled in pan Required: PHFs shall cold-hold at 41F or below. Corrected by discarding all ham above 41F. Repeat priority violation 2x.
  • Observed: raw shell eggs sitting out at room temperature with no time documented for time control Required: PHFs under time control shall have time documented when removed from temp control and 4 hours later discard time. Repeat priority violation 4x.
  • Observed: raw hamburger stored directly on top of raw pork chops Required: raw meat shall be stored according to final internal cooking temp and in a manner that prevents cross contamination. Corrected by discarding pork chops. Repeat priority violation.
  • Observed: food employee began to put on gloves without washing hands first Required: food employees shall wash hands prior to putting on gloves and handling ready-to-eat foods.
  • Observed: food employees did not wash hands with soap Required: food employees shall vigorously scrub hands and nail with soap for at least 10-15 seconds.
  • Observed: PHFs, cooked the day prior, not properly cooled to 41F within 6 hours Required: PHFs shall be cooled from 135F to 70F in the first 2 hours, and 70F to 41F in the next 4 hours. Repeat priority violation.
  • Observed: tongs and spoons, in clean storage, not clean Required: food contact surfaces shall be clean to sight and touch. Corrected by placing items into dish washing.
  • Observed: opened bag of cut lettuce not date-marked in walk-in cooler Required: PHFs shall bear a 7-day discard date.
  • Nonpriority Violations Found: 3
  • Observed: foods cooled with improper methods (lids, no ice baths, large amounts of food in one container) Required: proper methods shall be used to cool foods.
  • Observed: cups in server area found stored wet Required: food equipment and utensils shall be air dried prior to storage. Correct by 10.24.17
  • Observed: hand soap not working at hand sink Required: hand sinks shall be stocked with hand soap at all times.

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Andrea Woodard of the Knox County Health Department demonstrates the proper procedure to wash hands for food service workers.
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The following restaurants were recently evaluated by the Knox County Health Department. Restaurant scores may change with follow-up visits. For more information on health scores visit http://apps.health.tn.gov/EHInspections .

 

Perfect score

Waffley Good (Mobile), 721 Broome Road: 100

Bradley’s, 141 N. Peters Road, 141 N. Peters Road: 100

Diamond Car Wash and Deli, 2908 E. Magnolia Ave.: 100

Froyoz, 2041 Town Center Blvd.: 100

Meatball Madness and More, 1536 Blackwood Drive: 100

Wise Guys Pizza Kitchen, 8078 Kingston Pike: 100

Golden Roast, 825 Melrose Place: 100

Krystal, 400 Chapman Highway: 100

Paleo Food Cafe, 2900 Alcoa Highway: 100

Okie Joe’s, 226 Andrew Johnson Highway: 100

Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza, 113 N. Peters Road: 100

The Cafe at Tennova North, 7551 Danaher Drive: 100

Elkmont Exchange, 745 N. Broadway: 100

BG Catering/Henry’s, 7231 Tazewell Pike: 100

Zaxby’s, 607 E. Emory Road: 100

Arby’s, 608 E. Emory Road: 100

Stock Burger’s Restaurant, 1420 Emory Road: 100

Priority item violations

Hardee’s, 7201 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper hot holding temperatures: 95

Quaker Steak Lube, 8355 Kingston Pike. Violation: Food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 95

Longhorn Steakhouse, 7740 Kingston Pike. Violation: Food-contactc surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 95

Merelli’s Italian Cuisine, 4884 Chambliss. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures: 95

Einstein Brothers Bagels, 1049 N. Cedar Bluff Road. Violation: Noncompliant with no bare-hand contact with with ready-to-eat foods policy and procedures: 94

Olive Garden, 7206 Kingston Pike. Violation: Noncompliant with proper handwashing policy and procedures: 93

Chick-fil-A, 7565 Mountain Grove. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures: 93

Waffle House, 7414 Strawberry Plains Pike. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures: 93

Bistro at the Bijou, 807 S. Gay Street. Violation: Improper date marking and disposition: 93

Fulini Asian Cuisine, 2060 Town Center Blvd. Violation: Food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 93

Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant, 7509 Chapman Highway. Violation: Improper cooling time and temperatures; improper cold holding temperatures: 93

Chop House, 48701 Harvest Mill Way. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures: 93

Sami’s Cafe, 9700 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper cooling time and temperatures; improper cold holding temperatures; improper date marking and disposition: 93

Scruffy City Kitchen, 32 Market Square. Violation: Improper date marking and disposition; noncompliiant with food in good condition policy and procedures: 90

Jimmy John’s, 6718 Papermill Road. Violation: Improper cooling time and temperatures; toxic substances improperly stored and identified: 89

Salsaritas, 10919 Parkside Drive. Violation: Improper cooling time and temperature: 89

Zhu Garden, 120 S. Peters Road. Violation: Management not aware of employee health policy and procedures; improper date marking and disposition: 88

Noodles Co., 11083 Parkside Drive. Violation: Noncompliant with proper hygiene practices and procedures: 87

Twin Peaks, 135 N. Northshore Drive. Violation: Improper reheating procedures for hot holding foods; noncompliant with proper handwashing policy and procedures: 84

Oodles, 18 Market Square. Violation: Improper date marking and disposition; food improperly separated to prevent contamination; food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 84

The Alley Bar Grill, 7355 Kingston Pike. Violation: Improper cold holding temperatures; toxic substances improperly stored and identified; food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 80

McDonald’s, 10708 Hardin Valley Road. Violation: Food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized; noncompliant with Time as a public health control procedures; Noncompliant with proper hygienic practices; noncompliant with barehand contact with ready-to-eat-foods; food-contact surfaces improperly cleansed and sanitized: 78

 

 

 

 

Restaurant Report Card: Behind the scenes with a health inspector

DENVER — Twice a year Denver Environmental Inspectors go to restaurants in the city, and sometimes they uncover health code violations that can make the public sick.

It’s a job Richard Pruckler doesn’t take lightly. “What we try to do when we go into a restaurant just like this is to ensure that nobody is going to get sick.”

Pruckler started his inspection at DiFranco’s on Lincoln Street in downtown Denver by washing his hands.

Employees not washing their hands is a common mistake.

The investigator is looking for critical violations that can cause food poisoning and non-critical violations that are more about keeping the facility clean and orderly.

Critical mistakes

The critical mistakes include personnel issues, food source problems, hand washing, pest control and storage of toxic items. Here’s what the inspection form looks like.

DiFranco’s owner invited the health department in for a critical look. Ryan DiFranco said, “It’s super important. You don’t want to get anybody sick. The health department is not the enemy. They are here to help us out and educate and make sure we are serving quality food at safe levels.”

The inspection

First stop, the cooler. With thermometer in hand, the inspector is looking for temperature violations.

Both cooked and non-cooked food must stay in safe zones. “We want to make sure specific foods, potentially hazardous food, food that can have bacteria growth occur if held outside of temperature control,” Pruckler said.

Food should be maintained in the safe zones with cold food below 40 degrees and hot above 135 degrees.

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Safe zones for food temperatures

Pruckler said, “Right now you are at 40 degrees so that’s great.”

Another critical issue a lot of restaurants see is not having sanitizing solution strong enough, but not too strong that it is toxic.

The solution is used to clean dishes and counter and table surfaces. Pruckler tested the sanitizing solution.

“We won’t want the concentration of the sanitizer too high because then we could leave a chemical residue on surfaces. We don’t want it to be too low then it won’t bring its proper effect bringing bacteria levels to a safe level.” Pruckler said.

Food storage can also lead to food poisoning. Pruckler asked, “Are we storing the food correctly? Raw foods, like raw chicken on the bottom and ready to eat foods up top.”

Restaurants must also have a series of sinks used for specific reasons. There must be a hand washing sink that is used only for hand washing.  Pruckler asked, “You using this sink for anything else?” Ryan said, “Washing hands only.”

This time of year it’s essential for restaurants to enforce their sick policy.  Pruckler said, “We talked about employee illness. I’m glad you are paying attention to that. That’s important. That’s a way we can get people sick.”

Pests and critters

And of course, pests meaning rodents and flies are critical violations. No issues here at DiFranco’s, but if you watch our reports you’ve seen plenty of mice, rodent droppings, flies and fly strips.

“Do I see some sort of pest or a critter crawling on the wall? That’s something that would be a red flag,” Pruckler said.

Employees not washing their hands, using single use gloves more than once and using a common towel are all critical violations.

“It’s never our intent to try to close a restaurant or hinder someone’s business. We really want to be a resource and be someone to help that operator.”

Denver Environmental Health has issued multiple cease and desist orders forcing restaurants to fix the violations or face closure.

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Reasons behind failing restaurant health ratings July-September 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) — We want to know where we eat is clean, and when it’s not we want to know why. In partnership with Louisville Business First, we gathered the reasons behind the latest restaurant failing grade health ratings in our area.

Louisville Business First compiled the data from Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness showing the C grades in from July 1 to September 30 of this year.

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Captain D’s on Oaklawn Drive had one of the lowest scores with a 57 and a C rating.

Violations included:

• Improper storage of employee food/drink(s). (stored on shelving by the coke machine next to and above clean dishware) (corrected)

• Employee personal drinks did not have a lid and straw.

• Hands not washed to prevent contamination from the previous task. (employee did not wash hands after taking out garbage and drinking a beverage before returning to food handling)

• A person in charge does not demonstrate knowledge.

• Food contact surfaces not clean and sanitized. (Soiled single-service gallon containers, soiled soda products, soiled single service containers, soiled shelving inside of walk-in cooler, soiled hot holding unit)

• Spray nozzle to 3-compartment sink sitting inside of the dirty wash water.

• Toxic items not properly stored. (next to single service items in back storage room)

It’s now a B with a score of 96.

Louisville Metro Public Health Wellness Food Supervisor Janet Miller says one critical violation results in a C, a failing grade.

“A re-inspection is required within seven to ten days and so at that time, that critical violation needs to be corrected,” Miller said.

If it’s not corrected a restaurant receives another failing grade.       

“Then they would come in for an administrative conference. We would talk with them about what the problem is, why this critical violation seems to be repeated. Then because they’ve failed two consecutive inspections they would be required to place a b placard,” Miller said.      

Anoosh Bistro received a C with an 84 score. Their violations included not maintaining food at 41 degrees Fahrenheit or below. A Reach-in unit was out of temperature but Chef Anoosh Shariat says they voluntarily threw all the food in it away which was hundreds of dollars.
 

“It was in July. It was a hot day and one of compressors wasn’t temping. At that point it was Friday night, so by Saturday morning we had repair people here by Monday we got our A back,” Shariat said.
           
The restaurant now has an A and a score of 100.

“I think it’s very important to obey by health laws. So, I think it’s an important thing. We understand it. We live it every day,” Shariat said.

Miller says keeping food at its proper temperature is of the most common violations. She understands it can be tough in the summer when fridges are working overtime because of the heat but the proper temperature is important to prevent food poisoning.

“Most all establishments, they try to do the right thing. A lot of time we encounter situations where they were just not knowledgeable and so a big part of our job is to be educators as well… Our goal is to try and prevent foodborne illness,” Miller said.

Below are other notable restaurants with a food temperature violation:

Cottage Inn, 570 Eastern Parkway

Grade: C/76

• Potentially hazardous food not maintained at 41 degrees Fahrenheit or below at all times except during necessary periods of preparation and service.

• Employee eating, drinking, smoking in unauthorized area.

• All sewage and wastewater not disposed of in an approved manner.

Cottage Inn now has an A and a score of 96.
 

Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse, 434 S. Fourth St.

Grade: C/82

• Potentially hazardous food not maintained at 41 degrees Fahrenheit or below at all times except during necessary periods of preparation and service. (In-house sauces, pimento cheese, blue cheese, slaw, heavy cream, chicken breast, wings, etc.) Corrected, discarded

• Employee eating, drinking, smoking in unauthorized area.

• The chlorine solution for manual/mechanical ware washing is not at the proper concentration level. (Actively dishwashing)

Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse now has an A and a score of 96.

Molly Malone’s, 933 Baxter Ave.

Grade: C/81

• Food adulterated by rodents.

• Potentially hazardous foods not held at safe temperatures. Sausage, hard boiled eggs, cooked vegetables, potatoes, pasta, chicken wings, etc. at 47-54 F.

• Infestation – mice throughout facility – droppings, chewed containers, carcasses.

Molly Malone’s on Baxter Avenue now has a B and a score 96.

The owner of Molly Malone’s on Baxter Avenue sent us this statement in response to the violations and assures us the building is now clean.

“We’ve operated as a neighborhood pub and restaurant for 20 years. In that time we’ve provided a safe place for neighbors and friends to eat and drink. Our recent infraction with the health department is as much of a disappointment to us as it was to the public. We are sorry for any inconvenience or upset, especially to our loyal guests who are like family to us. We’ve righted our wrong, made improvements and repairs, and we have received the thumbs up from the health department. Keeping up a historical building and pub for over two decades has been a labor of love. We want to continue to be a characterful neighborhood institution and provide a warm, welcoming place for people to gather. We hope by providing excellent service and a safe, clean environment for our guests we can earn their trust and be deserving of their business for years to come.” – Donal Ryan

The restaurant has a B ranking because the building closed for the improvements but the next time a health inspector comes, which is typically twice a year, they should get an A.

Momma’s Mustard, Pickles BBQ, 102 Baure Ave.

Grade: C/77

• Open-top personal beverages stored on, above or beside food contact surfaces/single service items. Corrected.

• Drinks must be with lid and straw away from food. Corrected.

• Presence of insects. Flies, gnats, by freezer

The general manager, Chad Cooley, says the violation of a presence of insects was a result of a screen door having a hole in it. He says that hole was fixed quickly after the inspection. He adds they work with an exterminator monthly and do not have any issues with insects.

Momma’s Mustard, Pickles BBQ on Baure Avenue now has an A rating and a score of 96.

Red Barn Kitchen, an older building, received a C and 86. The violations included:

• All sewage and wastewater not disposed of in an approved manner.

• Waste pipe leak at prep sink.

• Waste pipe leak at hand sink in food prep area

Red Barn Kitchen did not reach back for comment but the restaurant now has an A rating.

It’s also possible to have a high score but a failing grade like Volare on Frankfort Avenue.

That restaurant received a 94 score, but one critical violation resulted in a failing grade.

The restaurant’s violations include:

• Open top personal beverages on, above, or beside food or food containers

• Personal drinks without lid or straw. (Corrected)

Volare corrected the problem and now has a rating of 100 and an A score.

“We don’t go in hoping to shut someone down or hoping to fail. We would love it if we walked in and everything was perfect but that doesn’t happen in the real world. So, our job is to point out those situations where what we are seeing could lead to someone getting sick,” Miller said.

Restaurants at the mercy of a scorecard. A system set in place to make sure the food we eat is safe.

For a list of all the restaurants who received a C rating from July to September click here to see more data from Louisville Business First.

To find out the health rating of a specific restaurant in our area click here.

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Failing restaurant health ratings July-September 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) — We want to know where we eat is clean, and when it’s not we want to know why. In partnership with Louisville Business First, we gathered the reasons behind the latest restaurant failing grade health ratings in our area.

Louisville Business First compiled the data from Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness showing the C grades in from July 1 to September 30 of this year.

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Captain D’s on Oaklawn Drive had one of the lowest scores with a 57 and a C rating.

Violations included:

• Improper storage of employee food/drink(s). (stored on shelving by the coke machine next to and above clean dishware) (corrected)

• Employee personal drinks did not have a lid and straw.

• Hands not washed to prevent contamination from the previous task. (employee did not wash hands after taking out garbage and drinking a beverage before returning to food handling)

• A person in charge does not demonstrate knowledge.

• Food contact surfaces not clean and sanitized. (Soiled single-service gallon containers, soiled soda products, soiled single service containers, soiled shelving inside of walk-in cooler, soiled hot holding unit)

• Spray nozzle to 3-compartment sink sitting inside of the dirty wash water.

• Toxic items not properly stored. (next to single service items in back storage room)

It’s now a B with a score of 96.

Louisville Metro Public Health Wellness Food Supervisor Janet Miller says one critical violation results in a C, a failing grade.

“A re-inspection is required within seven to ten days and so at that time, that critical violation needs to be corrected,” Miller said.

If it’s not corrected a restaurant receives another failing grade.       

“Then they would come in for an administrative conference. We would talk with them about what the problem is, why this critical violation seems to be repeated. Then because they’ve failed two consecutive inspections they would be required to place a b placard,” Miller said.      

Anoosh Bistro received a C with an 84 score. Their violations included not maintaining food at 41 degrees Fahrenheit or below. A Reach-in unit was out of temperature but Chef Anoosh Shariat says they voluntarily threw all the food in it away which was hundreds of dollars.
 

“It was in July. It was a hot day and one of compressors wasn’t temping. At that point it was Friday night, so by Saturday morning we had repair people here by Monday we got our A back,” Shariat said.
           
The restaurant now has an A and a score of 100.

“I think it’s very important to obey by health laws. So, I think it’s an important thing. We understand it. We live it every day,” Shariat said.

Miller says keeping food at its proper temperature is of the most common violations. She understands it can be tough in the summer when fridges are working overtime because of the heat but the proper temperature is important to prevent food poisoning.

“Most all establishments, they try to do the right thing. A lot of time we encounter situations where they were just not knowledgeable and so a big part of our job is to be educators as well… Our goal is to try and prevent foodborne illness,” Miller said.

Below are other notable restaurants with a food temperature violation:

Cottage Inn, 570 Eastern Parkway

Grade: C/76

• Potentially hazardous food not maintained at 41 degrees Fahrenheit or below at all times except during necessary periods of preparation and service.

• Employee eating, drinking, smoking in unauthorized area.

• All sewage and wastewater not disposed of in an approved manner.

Cottage Inn now has an A and a score of 96.
 

Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse, 434 S. Fourth St.

Grade: C/82

• Potentially hazardous food not maintained at 41 degrees Fahrenheit or below at all times except during necessary periods of preparation and service. (In-house sauces, pimento cheese, blue cheese, slaw, heavy cream, chicken breast, wings, etc.) Corrected, discarded

• Employee eating, drinking, smoking in unauthorized area.

• The chlorine solution for manual/mechanical ware washing is not at the proper concentration level. (Actively dishwashing)

Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse now has an A and a score of 96.

Molly Malone’s, 933 Baxter Ave.

Grade: C/81

• Food adulterated by rodents.

• Potentially hazardous foods not held at safe temperatures. Sausage, hard boiled eggs, cooked vegetables, potatoes, pasta, chicken wings, etc. at 47-54 F.

• Infestation – mice throughout facility – droppings, chewed containers, carcasses.

Molly Malone’s on Baxter Avenue now has a B and a score 96.

The owner of Molly Malone’s on Baxter Avenue sent us this statement in response to the violations and assures us the building is now clean.

“We’ve operated as a neighborhood pub and restaurant for 20 years. In that time we’ve provided a safe place for neighbors and friends to eat and drink. Our recent infraction with the health department is as much of a disappointment to us as it was to the public. We are sorry for any inconvenience or upset, especially to our loyal guests who are like family to us. We’ve righted our wrong, made improvements and repairs, and we have received the thumbs up from the health department. Keeping up a historical building and pub for over two decades has been a labor of love. We want to continue to be a characterful neighborhood institution and provide a warm, welcoming place for people to gather. We hope by providing excellent service and a safe, clean environment for our guests we can earn their trust and be deserving of their business for years to come.” – Donal Ryan

The restaurant has a B ranking because the building closed for the improvements but the next time a health inspector comes, which is typically twice a year, they should get an A.

Momma’s Mustard, Pickles BBQ, 102 Baure Ave.

Grade: C/77

• Open-top personal beverages stored on, above or beside food contact surfaces/single service items. Corrected.

• Drinks must be with lid and straw away from food. Corrected.

• Presence of insects. Flies, gnats, by freezer

The general manager, Chad Cooley, says the violation of a presence of insects was a result of a screen door having a hole in it. He says that hole was fixed quickly after the inspection. He adds they work with an exterminator monthly and do not have any issues with insects.

Momma’s Mustard, Pickles BBQ on Baure Avenue now has an A rating and a score of 96.

Red Barn Kitchen, an older building, received a C and 86. The violations included:

• All sewage and wastewater not disposed of in an approved manner.

• Waste pipe leak at prep sink.

• Waste pipe leak at hand sink in food prep area

Red Barn Kitchen did not reach back for comment but the restaurant now has an A rating.

It’s also possible to have a high score but a failing grade like Volare on Frankfort Avenue.

That restaurant received a 94 score, but one critical violation resulted in a failing grade.

The restaurant’s violations include:

• Open top personal beverages on, above, or beside food or food containers

• Personal drinks without lid or straw. (Corrected)

Volare corrected the problem and now has a rating of 100 and an A score.

“We don’t go in hoping to shut someone down or hoping to fail. We would love it if we walked in and everything was perfect but that doesn’t happen in the real world. So, our job is to point out those situations where what we are seeing could lead to someone getting sick,” Miller said.

Restaurants at the mercy of a scorecard. A system set in place to make sure the food we eat is safe.

For a list of all the restaurants who received a C rating from July to September click here to see more data from Louisville Business First.

To find out the health rating of a specific restaurant in our area click here.

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South Salt Lake restaurant closed for 39 health violations, including mouse droppings on plates

SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah — The Salt Lake County Health Department has closed a restaurant in South Salt Lake due to numerous health hazards, which included animal droppings on plates and other locations.

Wa Me House, 285 East 2700 South, was closed October 17, according to the health department.

The 39  listed violations included mouse droppings on the water heater, floor, plates and warewashing machine as well as “a significant amount of mice feces throughout the facility.”

There were also issues with food being stored in improper places, including food that was stored beneath raw chicken and other food stored in garbage cans or on the floor of a walk-in freezer.

The full list of violations as provided by the Health Department is below. The restaurant could re-open if the operators address the issues and pass another inspection.

 

 

Leftist internet mob forces Arizona restaurant to close over pro-Trump social media post

An Arizona restaurant was forced to close its doors last week after a viral social media posting garnered tons of negative reaction.

What happened?

According to Vice News, the owners of Cup it Up American Grill in Tucson, Christopher Smith and Jay Warren, posted to Facebook a list of things they support and things they oppose. Things they said they support included: President Donald Trump and standing for the national anthem. Meanwhile, they said they oppose things like Antifa and kneeling for the national anthem.

After posting their list, the duo wrote: “If you like this post, please share it with 5 friends we look forward to your next visit! If you disagree with this post, please share it with 100 friends and we won’t be expecting you any time soon! God Bless the United States of America!”

How was the post received?

The post went insanely viral and garnered hate from people across the country, including one person who said they wanted to burn the restaurant to the ground with the owners inside, according to Tuscon.com. They deleted the post just three hours after they posted it because of the outrage.

Vice detailed the addition backlash:

The restaurant was receiving so many angry phone calls, “several” employees decided they’d rather quit than deal with them. Julian Alarcon, the chef and a partner in the restaurant, also quit—and was reportedly meeting with an attorney to separate himself from the backlash.

How did the owners respond?

The owners apologized for bringing politics into a “business forum,” but said the only reason the post garnered so much outrage is because it supported Trump.

“Our decision to bring our personal political beliefs into a business forum is regretful, and for this we apologize to all,” the owners said in a statement, according to Tuscon.com.

“It’s hate feedback and it’s for one reason only and it’s that we showed our support for Donald Trump. There was nothing that we put in the post that was absolutely wrong and terrible in that we supported our president and our troops,” they added.

They also explained they “never ever fathomed” the response it would garner. “We assumed there would be some discussion and shares, but never this type of animosity and hostility,” they said.

What have the owners done since?

The restaurant’s Yelp ratings tanked and people from across the country voiced their outrage over the post. Because of it, the owners decided to close their doors last Monday.

According to KGUN-TV, a sign outside the establishment said:

Dear Loyal fans and Patrons of Cup it Up American Grill,

We have made a decision to close our doors indefinitely as of today, Monday, October 9, 2017. The safety of our employees, and our families is of great concern and is our #1 priority at this time. We would also like to extend a special thanks to our Military and First responders. Thank you all and God Bless.”

Middlesbrough ‘serious health risk’ restaurant fined £10000

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Peri Peri in Middlesbrough was closed by inspectors using emergency powers

The owner of a restaurant which presented an “imminent risk” to health has been fined £10,000.

Environmental health officers found poor hygiene and mouse droppings near food at Peri Peri Original and Sweet Treats Dessert Lounge on Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough.

They used emergency powers to close the business until it was cleaned, disinfected and pest-free.

Manager Amin Younis said it had “totally changed” since the inspection.

“Peri Peri would like to remind all customers that this incident happened some eight months ago,” he said.

“Since then we have totally changed our management and staff have been held accountable for the drop in standards.”

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Mouse droppings were found by environmental health officers

Officers from Middlesbrough Council’s public protection service found poor standards of cleanliness throughout the premises during an inspection in February.

NY Grill Ltd, which operates the business, admitted failing to keep the premises clean.

It also admitted failing to keep clean and disinfected anything which came into contact with food, failing to control pests and failing to ensure food was protected against contamination, the authority said.

York magistrates fined the company £10,000 and ordered it to pay £1,700 in costs.

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The restaurant could not open until it was cleaned, disinfected and pest-free

Middlesbrough Council’s head of public protection Judith Hedgley said the business had “presented a serious risk to public health”.

“There were clear signs of mouse activity, particularly droppings on and around foodstuffs and food equipment,” she said.

“Officers made the decision to close the premises, and the heavy fine imposed by the court reflects how serious a risk to health this business presented.”

Middlesbrough ‘serious health risk’ restaurant fined £10000

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Middlesbrough Council

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Peri Peri in Middlesbrough was closed by inspectors using emergency powers

The owner of a restaurant which presented an “imminent risk” to health has been fined £10,000.

Environmental health officers found poor hygiene and mouse droppings near food at Peri Peri Original and Sweet Treats Dessert Lounge on Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough.

They used emergency powers to close the business until it was cleaned, disinfected and pest-free.

Manager Amin Younis said it had “totally changed” since the inspection.

“Peri Peri would like to remind all customers that this incident happened some eight months ago,” he said.

“Since then we have totally changed our management and staff have been held accountable for the drop in standards.”

Image copyright
Middlesbrough Council

Image caption

Mouse droppings were found by environmental health officers

Officers from Middlesbrough Council’s public protection service found poor standards of cleanliness throughout the premises during an inspection in February.

NY Grill Ltd, which operates the business, admitted failing to keep the premises clean.

It also admitted failing to keep clean and disinfected anything which came into contact with food, failing to control pests and failing to ensure food was protected against contamination, the authority said.

York magistrates fined the company £10,000 and ordered it to pay £1,700 in costs.

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Middlesbrough Council

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The restaurant could not open until it was cleaned, disinfected and pest-free

Middlesbrough Council’s head of public protection Judith Hedgley said the business had “presented a serious risk to public health”.

“There were clear signs of mouse activity, particularly droppings on and around foodstuffs and food equipment,” she said.

“Officers made the decision to close the premises, and the heavy fine imposed by the court reflects how serious a risk to health this business presented.”




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