Luzerne restaurant inspections April 10-17: rust, dust, 25 flies in one restaurant

April 22nd, 2017 12:00 pm - updated: 12:00 pm.

The following are recent Luzerne County restaurant inspection reports from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. According the agency: “any inspection is a ‘snapshot’ of the day and time of the inspection. An inspection conducted on any given day may not be representative of the overall, long-term cleanliness of an establishment. Also, at the time of the inspection violations are recorded but are often corrected on site prior to the inspector leaving the establishment.” The information is taken from the inspection database at www.eatsafepa.com. Postal addresses used here are as listed on the state’s website, and may not correspond to the municipalities in which facilities are physically located.

Chili’s Grill and Bar, 375 Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre, April 10. Follow-up inspection; in compliance.

Curry Donuts, 216 Wilkes-Barre Twp., Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, April 10, Follow-up inspection; in compliance. Violations: New food facility in operation more than 90 days and has not employed a certified food employee as required. Person in charge is scheduled to attend course in May and will provide a copy of certificate when received. Observed a buildup of dust on the hood above the cooking area.

Grand Six Packs To Go, 231 West Mine St., Hazleton, April 10. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Spray bottle by 3-basin sink is not labeled for content.

Indian Lake Spirits, 9933 Bear Creek Blvd., Wilkes Barre, April 10. Change of owner inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observe a buildup of rust on the shelves in multiple refrigeration units. Observed stained cutting board on the bain marie. Observed a buildup of food residue on the interior of the microwave. Microwave was cleaned. Observed a buildup of food residue on the post can opener blade. Can opener was cleaned during inspection. Observed a buildup of dust on the hoods above the cooking area. Hoods are scheduled to be cleaned. Observed a buildup of mineral residue in the 3-compartment sink in the bar area. Observed 50 old rodent like droppings along the wall in areas of the facility.

McDonald’s #4808, 1950 Memorial Hwy., Shavertown, April 10. Follow-up inspection; in compliance.

The Palace of Indian Inc., 1206 Twin Stacks Dr., Dallas, April 10. Change of owner inspection; in compliance.

Subway, 390 Rte. 315, Pittston, April 10. Follow-up inspection; in compliance.

Tony’s Pizzeria, 1117 Main St., Pittston, April 10. Follow-up inspection; in compliance. Violation: Observed a buildup of syrup residue in the soda gun in the basement and the ice tea nozzle on the soda machine. Person in charge cleaned gun and nozzle.

La Villita Bakery & Restaurant, Corp., 587 Main St., Kingston, April 11. Follow-up inspection; in compliance. Violation: Food facility has an employee that has taken food safety training program; however, the food safety program was not an ANSI/CFP accredited Certified Food Manager program.

Planet Fitness, Gateway Shopping Center, Unit 21B, Edwardsville, April 11. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: No sign or poster posted at the hand-wash sink in the restrooms to remind food employees to wash their hands. Signs were placed during this inspection.

Asaki, 1900 Memorial Hwy, Ste. 5, Shavertown, April 11. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration The edge of the ice deflector plate inside of the ice machine, a food contact surface, was observed to have a tan mold-like residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The plate was removed , cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. Door way in the prep area, is propped open, unscreened, and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals. Person in charge stated they have screen door to put on next week. Stated they remove it each winter and reapply in the spring.

Burger King #1985, 1870 Memorial Hwy., Shavertown, April 11. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Half Time Lounge, 189 Simpson St., Swoyersville, April 11. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Arby’s #5237, 400 Susquehanna Blvd., West Hazleton, April 12. Follow-up inspection; in compliance.

Asaki Sushi, 75 Country Club Shopping Ctr., Dallas, April 12. Regular inspection; in compliance.

China II, 58 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, April 12. Follow-up inspection; in compliance.

Dicola Drive-in, 683 Rte. 93, Sugarloaf, April 12. Change of owner inspection; in compliance.

Dunkin’ Donuts, 2450 Memorial Hwy., Dallas, April 12. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation; Observed a buildup of static dust forming on the fan guard in the 2-door reach-in Coke refrigeration unit in self service area.

Maureen’s Cones and More, LLC, 63 N. Mill St., West Nanticoke, April 12. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: An open employee’s beverage container was observed in a food preparation area. Food employees observed in prep area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets or hats.

Ross Dress for Less, 3330 Wilkes Barre Twp. Cmns. Wilkes Barre, April 12. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Subway #29412, 560 Airport Rd., Hazle Twp, April 12. Follow-up inspection; out of compliance. Violations: Person(s) in charge are not monitoring establishment operation for compliance with food code requirements. Assorted time/temperature controlled for safety foods held in left side bain marie are in the temperature range between 50 degrees F and 52 degrees F for an undetermined amount of time. All items were voluntarily disposed due to time/temperature abuse. Person in charge stated he knows unit has a problem holding temperature and that unit was checked. Discussed responsibilities of Person in Charge. Food items stored in left side bain marie are in the temperature range between 50 degrees F and 53 degrees F. Unit appears to not be able to maintain 41 degrees F.

Subway #30026, 901 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, April 12. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Valley Scoops and More, 683 Rte. 93, Sugarloaf, April 12. Regular inspection; in compliance.

VFW Post #5010, 341 Centre St., Freeland, April 13. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Walgreens #7843, 201 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, April 13, Regular inspection; in compliance.

American Legion Post #495, 575 Rte. 239, Shickshinny, April 13. Follow-up inspection; in compliance.

Antonio’s Pizza & Sub Express, LLC, 801 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston, April 13. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed a buildup of food residue on the slicer blade. Slicer was cleaned. Observed a buildup of old food residue along the edges and in the corners of the bain marie. Observed a buildup of residue behind ice chute and around the nozzles on soda machine. Restroom is not provided with a covered waste receptacle for sanitary napkins.

Arby’s #5632, White Haven, April 13, Regular inspection; in compliance.

Blue Ribbon Dairy Bar, 827 Exeter Ave., West Pittston, April 13, Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed various containers with no handles being used as scoops and stored in food ingredients. Observed coating peeling on the metal shelves in the under counter refrigeration unit. Chocolate milk dispensing nozzle was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. Observed a buildup of residue on surfaces behind and around nozzles on soda machine.

Carone’s Market, 400 Front St., Freeland, April 13. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Re-packed candies are not labeled/no ingredient information at point of sale. Lights are not shielded or shatter proof over the meat display case area. Fan guards in dairy walk in cooler have buildup of static dust.

Charlie B’s Pub and Eatery, 653 N. Main St., Plains Twp., April 13, Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Food facility has an employee who held a Certified Food Manager certificate; however, the certificate has expired and is no longer valid. Employee is scheduled to attend class on 5/29 and will provide a copy of certificate when received.

Full Moon Cafe, 217 Jackson St., Edwardsville, April 13, Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation; The inside surface of the soda gun holster, a food contact surface, was observed to have a tan mold-like residue and was not clean to sight and touch. the holster was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection.

Garden Enterprises, 20 Rte. 11, Hunlock Creek, April 13. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: No sign or poster posted at the hand-wash sink in the restroom used by employees area to remind food employees to wash their hands. Signs were posted during this inspection.

Lani Home Assoc. VFW PT 6325, 35-37 Cleveland St., Hudson, April 13. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Resuta’s Cafe, 302 Centre St., Freeland, April 13. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Stasko’s Top Shelf, R402 S. Poplar St., Hazleton, April 13. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Dominick’s Cafe, 20 School St., Hudson, April 14. Regular inspection; out of compliance. Violations: Food facility using rodent bait placed in bait stations which are not covered and tamper resistant. Employee personal care items were observed stored on shelf above prep area. Items were moved. Observed containers with no handles being used as scoops and stored in bulk ingredients. Containers were removed. Observed handle on the lobster knife deteriorating and no longer easily cleanable. Observed plastic cloths which are not easily cleanable being used to cover pans of dough in the walk-in cooler. Observed heavily stained cutting board on the bain marie. Mechanical ware-washing equipment had a mineral buildup observed inside. Observed a buildup of mold-like residue on the deflector plate in the ice machine. Machine was shut down and cleaned. Observed a buildup of old food residue on the shelves in the walk-in cooler. Observed a buildup of dust and mold-like residue on the fan guard and surfaces in the walk-in beer cooler. Observed a buildup of dust on the exhaust fan and hoods in the kitchen. Floors tiles missing/deteriorating in areas of the kitchen. Observed peeling, flaking paint on the ceiling tiles in the kitchen area.

Johnny Rockets at Mohegan Sun, 1280 Rte. 315, Wilkes-Barre, April 14, Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed rusting and peeling coating on the shelves in the walk-in cooler. Vegetable slicers were observed to have food residue and were not clean to sight and touch. Slicers were cleaned and sanitized during inspection. Observed a buildup of residues on the equipment storage shelves. Observed a buildup of residues on the surfaces above and around nozzles on the soda and juice machines. Clean dish racks observed stored on the floor in back area. Observed brown residue and ice in the hand-wash sink, indicating uses other than hand washing. discussed use of hand-wash sink for hand wash only. Plumbing system not maintained in good repair. Observed faucet leaking at the prep sink in back area. Observed 25 small flies on the wall under the table in the back area.

Cafe Europa, 65 Laurel Mall, Hazleton, April 17. Regular inspection; out of compliance. Violations: Refrigerated ready-to-eat, time/temperature control for safety food prepared in the food facility and held for more than 24 hours, located in the refrigeration units, is not being date marked. Large stock pot of food is stored directly on floor in walk- in cooler. Thermometers for ensuring proper temperatures of food are not available or readily accessible. Drop chute and sensor plate in ice machine have build up of scum/mold on ice contact surfaces.

Castillo’s Bakery, 20 N. Vine St., Hazleton, April 17. Follow-up inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food employees observed in bakery area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard covers. Thermometers for ensuring proper temperatures of food are not available or readily accessible.

Cookfella’s Kitchen, 285 Laurel Mall, Hazleton, April 17. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Leave it to Donna, 1376 Old Rte. 115, Lehman, April 17. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration.

Leggio’s I, 1 E. Center Hill Rd., Dallas, April 17. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: The facility does not have a certified food employee certificate posted in public view. I spoke to the owner via telephone and she stated that she took the course 2 months ago but and has been in touch with the person who gave the course as she did not receive her certificate as of this date. The owner will text/email to this inspector or fax/mail a copy of the certificate to the Region 3 office within 10 days. Observed containerized food stored directly on the floor in walk-in freezer and walk-in cooler area, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. The containers were elevated during this inspection.

Subway #30494, 290 Laurel Mall, Hazleton, April 17. Regular inspection; in compliance.

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