Dead ro­dents, live roaches: More res­tau­rants on pro­ba­tion

Lexington Herald-Leader (Sunday) - - Living - BY JANET PAT­TON

Food safety prob­lems don’t take a hol­i­day: In De­cem­ber, the health de­part­ment placed some high-pro­file Lex­ing­ton res­tau­rants on pro­ba­tion and shut down a small Mex­i­can place.

Malone’s and Drake’s at 3347 Tates Creek Road (the res­tau­rants share a kitchen) were placed on pro­ba­tion af­ter scor­ing a 67 on its health de­part­ment in­spec­tion on

Dec. 5. Blue­grass Hos­pi­tal­ity Group, which owns the res­tau­rants, said in a state­ment that the is­sues have been cor­rected.

“We are sorry this hap­pened. Upon re­ceiv­ing that score, we im­me­di­ately cor­rected the prob­lems and took mea­sures to en­sure those prob­lems don’t oc­cur again,” Blue­grass Hos­pi­tal­ity said in the state­ment. “Guest sat­is­fac­tion and safety is our top pri­or­ity.”

La Casa de Mama on Ver­sailles Road, was closed on Dec. 20 af­ter live roaches were seen dur­ing the in­spec­tion. The restau­rant must clean up boric acid that was used as pest con­trol and there must be no live roaches present for it to re­open, ac­cord­ing to the health de­part­ment.

Lo­gan’s Road­house in Ham­burg scored 61, one point above au­to­matic clo­sure, for prob­lems in­clud­ing at least three crit­i­cal vi­o­la­tions. Ac­cord­ing to the health de­part­ment, a con­fer­ence with Lo­gan’s man­age­ment was held to dis­cuss the score; Lo­gan’s passed a fol­low-up in­spec­tion on Dec. 17 with a score of 96.

A fa­vorite haunt of stu­dents and other night owls, Tolly Ho, also was placed on pro­ba­tion with a score of 68 af­ter an in­spec­tion found sev­eral se­ri­ous prob­lems. Gen­eral man­ager Nathan Rader said that the restau­rant scored a 99 on rein­spec­tion later in the month.

“They showed us the main­te­nance and up­keep is­sues,” Rader said. “We have al­ready cor­rected ev­ery sin­gle item.”

A faulty dish­washer landed chef Ouita Michel’s Windy Cor­ner Mar­ket on the list, and two lo­ca­tions of the Uni­ver­sity of Ken­tucky’s cam­pus cater­ing were cited for pro­ba­tion, as was the Bos­ton Road Kroger and its sushi counter and the Mei­jer gro­cery store on West Reynolds.

Al­to­gether, more than two dozen res­tau­rants or food ser­vice providers were placed on pro­ba­tion from mid-Novem­ber through mid-De­cem­ber.

The Lex­ing­ton-Fayette County Health De­part­ment places res­tau­rants and food ser­vice es­tab­lish­ments on pro­ba­tion when they score 84 or be­low on an in­spec­tion or have crit­i­cal vi­o­la­tions that can­not be im­me­di­ately fixed.

Some res­tau­rants, in­clud­ing Azur, Jas­mine Rice Thai, Carino’s on Sir Bar­ton Way, Lee’s Fam­ily Recipe Chicken, Min­ton’s Cafe and The Cheese­cake Fac­tory, scored 84 or be­low dur­ing the pe­riod but are able to re­solve crit­i­cal vi­o­la­tions so they could be im­me­di­ately rein­spected and re­ceive higher scores. They were not placed on pro­ba­tion.

If a restau­rant scores 60 or be­low, it is shut down un­til the prob­lems can be cor­rected.

Crit­i­cal vi­o­la­tions are those most likely to im­pact pub­lic health such as po­ten­tially haz­ardous food, un­hy­gienic prac­tices such as lack of hand­wash­ing or proper glov­ing, im­proper san­i­tiz­ing of dishes or uten­sils, lack of hot wa­ter, plumb­ing is­sues, signs of in­sects or ro­dents, toxic items im­prop­erly la­beled or stored.

In­spec­tions are a snap­shot of a food ser­vice es­tab­lish­ment on any given day but with food-borne ill­nesses such as hep­ati­tis A on the rise in Ken­tucky, proper hand-wash­ing and glov­ing and the san­i­tiz­ing of dishes are ex­tremely im­por­tant, the health de­part­ment says.

In­spec­tors say the pro­ba­tion list is their way of tar­get­ing the places that have the most risk of cre­at­ing a se­ri­ous health risk. Once a restau­rant is on pro­ba­tion, in­spec­tions are stepped up to three times a year in­stead of two. Res­tau­rants come off pro­ba­tion af­ter pass­ing two con­sec­u­tive reg­u­lar in­spec­tions with no crit­i­cal vi­o­la­tions.

Some res­tau­rants have been on pro­ba­tion for years. As of mid-De­cem­ber, more than

130 places were on pro­ba­tion.

Here are the res­tau­rants added to the pro­ba­tion list be­tween mid-Novem­ber and mid-De­cem­ber:

Arby’s, 3261 Ni­cholasville Road, was placed on pro­ba­tion af­ter a Dec. 3 in­spec­tion that scored 87. The in­spec­tor noted un­hy­gienic prac­tices in­clud­ing a jacket stored on food con­tact sur­face and an em­ployee with dirty fin­ger­nails; food ser­vice em­ploy­ees not wear­ing hair re­straints; dirty din­ing room ta­bles, drink ma­chine and kitchen floors; and a wall in poor re­pair near the driv­ethrough win­dow. Also, the man­ager “did not demon­strate knowl­edge of ba­sic san­i­tiz­ers, lev­els or con­cen­tra­tions.”

Blvd Grill, 844 Hays Blvd., was placed on pro­ba­tion af­ter a Dec. 14 in­spec­tion that scored 93 but had a cou­ple of crit­i­cal vi­o­la­tions: The dish­washer wasn’t san­i­tiz­ing prop­erly and there was no hand soap or paper tow­els at the hand sink in the bar.

B.D.’s Mongolian Grill, 2309 Sir Bar­ton Way, was

AAA­placed on pro­ba­tion af­ter a Dec. 19 in­spec­tion that scored 77. Among other things, the in­spec­tor noted im­proper thaw­ing meth­ods used for po­ten­tially haz­ardous foods; pro­duce was not washed be­fore it was sliced; no hair or beard re­straints; dirty equip­ment; dirty dish­ware was stored with clean; hand­wash­ing sinks were dirty or blocked; and floors, walls and ceil­ing were dirty.

BP Food Mart, 781 East New Cir­cle Road, was placed on pro­ba­tion Nov. 20 af­ter scor­ing 87. The in­spec­tor found, among other things, in­ad­e­quate san­i­tizer for three­com­part­ment sink; no paper tow­els at the handsink; and no paper tow­els in re­stroom. On the re­tail side, the in­spec­tor also cited the con­ve­nience store for stor­ing chem­i­cals above food.

Cam­pus Cater­ing No. 1 and No. 2, 160 Av­enue of Cham­pi­ons, were placed on pro­ba­tion af­ter a Nov. 28 in­spec­tion that scored 94 and 95. But the in­spec­tor found, among other things, em­ploy­ees pre­par­ing food with­out ad­e­quate hair re­straints in one kitchen and the dish­washer wasn’t prop­erly san­i­tiz­ing dishes and a con­den­sa­tion line was leak­ing un­der the freezer in the other kitchen. Both kitchens are on the Uni­ver­sity of Ken­tucky cam­pus in the stu­dent cen­ter but are op­er­ated by Ara­mark.

La Casa de Mama, 1424 Ver­sailles Road, was shut down af­ter scor­ing 54 on a Dec. 20 in­spec­tion in which live roaches were seen. Ac­cord­ing to the in­spec­tion re­port, the health de­part­ment cited the restau­rant for mul­ti­ple crit­i­cal vi­o­la­tions, in­clud­ing po­ten­tially haz­ardous food, in­clud­ing cooked chicken dishes left out all night; dishes not be­ing san­i­tized; and a live roach on the floor by the regis­ter. And un­hy­gienic prac­tices such as em­ploy­ees prep­ping food with­out hair re­straints and per­sonal drinks with­out lids or straws on food prep sur­faces. boric acid, a toxic chem­i­cal, had been spread around as pest con­trol and must be re­moved.

Chao Ca­jun, Fayette Mall Food Court, 3405 Ni­cholasville Road, was placed on pro­ba­tion Nov. 26 af­ter scor­ing 85. The in­spec­tor cited them for im­proper glov­ing prac­tices, for hav­ing per­sonal items on food-prep sur­faces, and for hav­ing no san­i­tizer at

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the three-com­part­ment sink, among other things, in­clud­ing hav­ing a clogged floor drain, which might ex­plain why the floors also were unclean.

Cheng’s Restau­rant, 3101 Clays Mill Road, was placed on pro­ba­tion af­ter a Dec. 3 in­spec­tion that scored

88. The health de­part­ment cited the restau­rant for raw meat stored above noo­dles in reachin freezer and dirty food prep ar­eas, floors, cooler shelves, walls, and gas­kets. In­spec­tor saw “ex­ces­sive” roach fe­ces in cab­i­net un­der the soda dis­penser; dead roaches found but no live roaches or roach fe­ces in food or food prod­uct, the re­port noted.

The Curb Bar, 2314 Paris Pike, was placed on pro­ba­tion af­ter a Dec. 13 in­spec­tion that scored 81. The in­spec­tor found, among other things, po­ten­tially haz­ardous food made in an un­per­mit­ted kitchen; and a dog in the bar along with ev­i­dence of a cat, in­clud­ing food and wa­ter bowls, two crates and a box with a towel on the bar.

De­pot Deli on the Blue­grass Army De­pot, 5751 Briar Hill Road, was placed on pro­ba­tion af­ter a Dec. 17 in­spec­tion that scored 84. Among other things, an em­ployee was seen blow­ing into a glove prior to putting on (a vi­o­la­tion that was im­me­di­ately ad­dressed); em­ploy­ees pre­par­ing food were not wear­ing hair re­straints; and ovens and uten­sil holder were unclean.

Ed­ley’s BBQ, 114 Sum­mit at Fritz Farm, was placed on pro­ba­tion af­ter a Dec. 3 in­spec­tion that scored 80. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, an in­spec­tor found po­ten­tially haz­ardous food in­clud­ing week-old cooked meat and cooked noo­dles, flour used for raw chicken that was kept at room tem­per­a­ture for more than four hours and grits that were not kept at a safe tem­per­a­ture; em­ploy­ees pre­par­ing food with­out ad­e­quate beard re­straint; dishes in­ad­e­quately san­i­tized; and em­ployee cloth­ing and pos­ses­sions stored above food.

El Ran­cho Ta­p­a­tio Ta­que­ria, 144 Burt Road, was placed on pro­ba­tion af­ter a Dec. 12 in­spec­tion that scored

84. In­spec­tor noted, among other things, raw beef thawed at room tem­per­a­ture; per­sonal items stored on plates and food prep ar­eas; and flies breed­ing in stag­nant wa­ter on the bar shelves where “clean” glass­ware is stored.

Fa­zoli’s, 1840 Alysheba Way, was placed on pro­ba­tion af­ter a Dec. 7 in­spec­tion that

AAAAAAs­cored 85. Ac­cord­ing to the in­spec­tion re­port, there was no ther­mome­ter in the reach-in cooler; han­dles of dis­pens­ing uten­sils were stored in food; wip­ing cloths lacked proper san­i­tizer; and shelves, cool­ers and walls were unclean.

Fo­liage Chi­nese Restau­rant, 3650 Bos­ton Road, was placed on pro­ba­tion af­ter a Dec. 5 in­spec­tion that scored

88. The in­spec­tion noted that, among other things, food was stored im­prop­erly on the floor of the walk-in cooler; onions were stored un­der the handsink; an em­ployee failed to wash uten­sils prop­erly; wip­ing cloths lacked san­i­tizer and many sur­faces were unclean.

Happy China, 1301 Winch­ester Road, was placed on pro­ba­tion af­ter a Dec. 19 in­spec­tion that scored 76. Among other things, the in­spec­tor cited the restau­rant for raw meat stored im­prop­erly; no sneeze guard on the cold buf­fet; pro­duce that wasn’t washed be­fore be­ing sliced and served; same cloths used for raw and ready-to-eat wip­ing; wet wip­ing cloths not laun­dered daily; dirty sur­faces, in­clud­ing on food prep ar­eas, cook­ing equip­ment and can opener; dirty hand­wash­ing sink, floors and walls; and there was a bed in the dry stor­age area, where some­one was liv­ing/sleep­ing.

Horse­shoes Sa­loon and Steak­house, 1987 North Broad­way, was placed on pro­ba­tion af­ter scor­ing 73 on Nov. 21 for im­proper hand-wash­ing (em­ployee “just ran them un­der wa­ter”) be­fore putting on gloves; im­proper san­i­tiz­ing prac­tices; dirty sur­faces, floors, walls and fans; dirty mop wa­ter sit­ting out; and no con­sumer ad­vi­sory on the menu or in the restau­rant.

Jalapeno’s, 1030 South Broad­way, was placed on pro­ba­tion af­ter a Dec. 12 in­spec­tion that scored 85 with a cou­ple of crit­i­cal vi­o­la­tions. Ac­cord­ing to the in­spec­tion re­port, sur­faces and food stor­age con­tain­ers were unclean; there was no back­flow pre­ven­ter on the mopsink; floors in kitchen and din­ner area were dirty; walls were dirty in the kitchen; and spray bot­tles with toxic con­tents were in­cor­rectly la­beled and stored next to sin­gle ser­vice items.

Kroger and AFC Sushi, 3650 Bos­ton Road, were both placed on pro­ba­tion af­ter Dec. 11 in­spec­tions that found, among other things, ev­i­dence of ro­dents, in­clud­ing a dead ro­dent in bak­ery and deli area and ro­dent drop­pings in the sushi area, too. The store’s food ser­vice scored 88; the sushi sec­tion scored 92. Other vi­o­la­tions in­cluded a can opener that they must stop us­ing be­cause it was

AAAAAleav­ing metal shav­ings on the food prep sur­face; unclean cool­ers and hot-hold­ing food units, shelv­ing, stor­age con­tain­ers, floors and walls, some of which are in poor re­pair.

La Guadalu­pana, 1533 East­land Park­way No. 8, was placed on pro­ba­tion af­ter scor­ing 71 on a Nov. 19 in­spec­tion. The in­spec­tor found po­ten­tially haz­ardous food not date-marked; raw beef stored above cooked food in reach-in cooler; an em­ployee ob­served slic­ing veg­eta­bles bare­handed; em­ployee eat­ing per­sonal food in kitchen while prep­ping food; em­ployee cell phone stored on sur­face where veg­eta­bles/ready-to-eat food is be­ing prepped; em­ploy­ees prep­ping food with no hair re­straints; dirty re­strooms; hole ob­served in wall near ice ma­chine; chem­i­cals stored above clean cook­ware; mul­ti­ple per­sonal items stored through­out kitchen (“band aids, lo­tion, keys, phone”); aprons stored next to clean bowls. On the re­tail side (it is also a store), the in­spec­tor found mouse drop­ping on a shelf near the hand sink.

Lo­gan’s Road­house, 1908 Pav­il­ion Way, was placed on pro­ba­tion af­ter a Dec. 3 in­spec­tion that scored 61, one point above au­to­matic clo­sure. The in­spec­tor found four crit­i­cal vi­o­la­tions in­clud­ing adul­ter­ated food (specif­i­cally, con­den­sa­tion drip­ping into po­ta­toes from lids hang­ing on a peg board and ceil­ing above the cook­ing vat); un­hy­gienic prac­tices (a per­sonal drink stored on an in-use cut­ting board and an em­ployee han­dling both dirty and clean dishes); no hot wa­ter at hand sinks; toxic items im­prop­erly stored (spray bot­tles not la­beled at server sta­tion.) Other vi­o­la­tions in­cluded ribs im­prop­erly thaw­ing in a three-com­part­ment sink; raw tur­key stored above raw pork; food and spices stored un­cov­ered; dirty equip­ment, in­clud­ing ovens, in the kitchen and bar; clogged and dirty sinks; dirty floors with stand­ing wa­ter; dirty walls and ceil­ing; per­sonal cloth­ing stored in “clean” dishes and a stuffed toy stored above food and next to gloves.

Malone’s/Drake’s, 3347 Tates Creek Road,

AAAwas placed on pro­ba­tion af­ter scor­ing 67 on Dec. 5. Vi­o­la­tions in­cluded po­ten­tially haz­ardous food more than 24 hours old that wasn’t date marked; po­ten­tially haz­ardous chili kept at an un­safe tem­per­a­ture; let­tuce im­prop­erly stored on trash can; fish stored un­cov­ered in walk-in cooler; per­sonal drinks not shielded with a lid and straw; em­ploy­ees not wash­ing hands prior to glov­ing; em­ploy­ees pre­par­ing food with­out ad­e­quate hair re­straint; “ac­cu­mu­la­tion of soil” on shelv­ing, gas­kets, other sur­faces; foun­tain noz­zle in bar unclean; hand­wash­ing sink in bar unclean and used for other pur­poses; handsink in poor re­pair by prep line; and dirty linens stored on floor of stor­age room in wa­ter.

On re-in­spec­tion on Dec. 18, the restau­rant scored an 89 af­ter in­spec­tors found an em­ployee wear­ing an apron into the re­stroom and an em­ployee not chang­ing gloves be­tween tasks; dirty shelves in bar and in­ad­e­quate san­i­tiz­ing. Af­ter an im­me­di­ate fol­low-up with the man­ager speak­ing to the em­ploy­ees about the apron and the gloves and the san­i­tizer con­cen­tra­tion cor­rected, the restau­rant score was raised to 98.

Mei­jer, 351 West Reynolds Road, was placed on pro­ba­tion af­ter a Nov. 27 in­spec­tion of its food ser­vice and re­tail food ar­eas. Al­though the store scored 96 for food ser­vice and 92 for re­tail food, the in­spec­tor noted “sev­eral small flies ob­served in the bak­ery area.”

The Mill Bak­ery, 341 South­land Drive, was placed on pro­ba­tion Nov. 20 de­spite scor­ing 91 on an in­spec­tion when an in­spec­tor found toxic items im­prop­erly stored, a crit­i­cal vi­o­la­tion: pes­ti­cides were stored in the re­tail area, fly traps used above food con­tact ar­eas and spray bot­tles not la­beled. Other vi­o­la­tions in­cluded flour and other dry goods not stored in ro­dent and pest proof con­tain­ers; onions im­prop­erly stored; food prod­ucts not cov­ered or pro­tected with a “sneeze guard” in re­tail area; and em­ploy­ees not wear­ing hair re­straints in prep ar­eas.

Of­fice Lounge, 1533 East­land Park­way No. 3, was placed on pro­ba­tion

AAARode­way Inn, 750 Newtown Court, was placed on pro­ba­tion af­ter a Dec. 18 in­spec­tion that scored 84. Ac­cord­ing to the in­spec­tion re­port, there were dirty sur­faces; no mop sink (mop was left in stand­ing wa­ter); no hot wa­ter or hand tow­els at the hand sink; and toxic items were not prop­erly la­beled.

Spearmint Rhino, 5539 Athens-Boones­boro Road, was placed on pro­ba­tion af­ter a Dec. 13 in­spec­tion that scored 90 but had one crit­i­cal vi­o­la­tion: un­san­i­tized dishes.

Tolly Ho, 606

South Broad­way, was placed on pro­ba­tion af­ter a Dec. 12 in­spec­tion that scored 68. The in­spec­tion re­port noted an em­ployee was “ob­served han­dling raw ba­con (then) touch­ing ready-toeat foods and plate with the same gloves” and em­ploy­ees also weren’t wash­ing hands prior to glov­ing; raw tur­key was stored above raw beef roast; the dish­washer wasn’t prop­erly san­i­tiz­ing dishes; and the toi­let was in poor re­pair in women’s re­stroom. Also, the re­port noted that medicine, which was be­ing sold with­out a re­tail per­mit, had to be pulled from shelves.

Windy Cor­ner Mar­ket, 4595 Bryan Sta­tion Road, was placed on pro­ba­tion af­ter a Dec. 17 in­spec­tion that scored 87. The in­spec­tor cited the restau­rant for em­ploy­ees not wear­ing hair re­straints; a dish ma­chine that was not san­i­tiz­ing; unclean sur­faces in­clud­ing shelves equip­ment, ovens and can opener; dirty uten­sils stored with clean and clean uten­sils in unclean con­tain­ers; a handsink blocked by a rolling rack; and dirty floors, fans, and walls in food prep ar­eas.

Wong Wong Restau­rant, 458 South­land Drive, was placed on pro­ba­tion af­ter a Dec. 4 in­spec­tion that scored

79. Among other things, raw meats were im­prop­erly stored above readyto-eat veg­eta­bles; per­sonal drinks were on food prep sur­faces; em­ploy­ees were not prop­erly wash­ing hands or were wash­ing hands in the food prep sink; per­sonal foods were stored with restau­rant prod­uct in­side the cooler; em­ploy­ees were not us­ing san­i­tizer to prop­erly wash dishes; uten­sils were stored unclean; dirty floors in kitchen; and one of the re­strooms was in­ac­ces­si­ble.

AAAAAJanet Pat­ton: 859-231-3264, Janet Pat­ton

CHARLES BER­TRAM cber­[email protected]­ald-leader.com

Malone’s and Drake’s res­tau­rants at 3347 Tates Creek Road, which share a kitchen, were placed on pro­ba­tion in De­cem­ber.

CHARLES BER­TRAM cber­[email protected]­ald-leader.com

Tolly Ho, 606 South Broad­way, was also put on pro­ba­tion.

CHARLES BER­TRAM cber­[email protected]­ald-leader.com

Windy Cor­ner Mar­ket on Bryan Sta­tion was put on pro­ba­tion.

RON GAR­RI­SON rgar­ri­[email protected]­ald-leader.com

Kroger, 3650 Bos­ton Road, was placed on pro­ba­tion.

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