Luzerne County restaurant inspections June 5-9: Numerous violations lead to out of compliance for 1

June 17th, 2017 9:01 am - updated: 8:18 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.

Granddaddy’s Café, 510 Vaughn St., Luzerne, June 5. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Red Rock Corner Store, 121 Rte. 118, Benton, June 5. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Subway #29412, 560 Airport Road, Hazle Township, June 5. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Dead leg plumbing extension observed behind beverage center. Floor drain cover is missing behind beverage center. Wall behind beverage center is exhibiting an approximately 10-inch by 10-inch hole in surface material.

Gerrity’s Supermarket #492, 2020 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, June 5. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food labeling placards observed in the deli case do not accurately identify the deli cheese. “Land O’ Lakes Cheese Products” were labeled as cheese. Spray bottles in the bakery area containing water were not labeled. The bottle was labeled during this inspection. There is a buildup of ice on the ceiling/wall surface located in the left front corner of the walk-in freezer located at the seafood/deli departments. The facility has placed a work order last week but repairs have not been made yet. Used utensils (scrapers) observed in the meat department hand-wash sink, indicating uses other than hand washing. Scrapers were removed during this inspection. Several ceiling tiles missing from the bread aisle. There is a sagging ceiling tile outside the walk-in cooler in the produce department that is sagging and out of the tracking. Both the missing and sagging tiles are exposing the area above the ceiling. The person in charge stated that they had a leak in the roof that they are to be repairing.

Curly Crème, LLC, 244 S. River St., Plains Township, June 5. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Observed a buildup of dust on the fan guard in one refrigeration unit. Observed a buildup of residue on shelves in the walk-in cooler.

Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Casino, 1280 Rte. 315, Wilkes-Barre, June 6. Follow-up inspection; in compliance. Violation: Mechanical ware-washing equipment had a greasy buildup observed inside.

China Fun, 5 Mountain-Mall, Shickshinny, June 7. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food employees observed in prep area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats. Egg rolls in the walk-in cooler area stored open with no covering. Person in charge denied that the egg rolls were made recently. Common cup/containers stored in containers of bulk food items. Common cups were removed during this inspection. Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available or readily accessible in one of three freezers. Plumbing system not maintained in good repair, hand-wash sink in the prep area is draining very slowly. Soap was not available at the hand-wash sink in the prep area. Soap was placed at the hand sink during this inspection.

Hampton Inn & Suites, 876 Schechter Drive, Wilkes-Barre, June 7. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Thermometers for ensuring proper temperatures of food are not available. Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration Observed single-service, single-use articles stored in pantry area directly on the floor, and not 6 inches above the floor. Items were moved off the floor at time of inspection. Ware-wash sink has a hose attachment that is hanging below the flood rim of the sink and not an appropriate air gap. Hose was cut at time of inspection.

Kval Food 2, 7896 Blue Ridge Trail, Wapwallopen, June 7. Complaint inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food employee did not follow proper hand-washing procedure. Single-use towel or air-drying device not used to dry hands. A food employee was observed washing their hands at the three-bay sink rather than the designated hand-wash sink. Food employees observed not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats. Old food residue, lettuce and dried red sauce observed in the hand-wash sink, indicating uses other than hand washing. The sink was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. Plumbing system not maintained in good repair, hand-wash sink in prep area draining slowly. Paper towel dispenser empty at the hand-wash sink in the prep area. Paper towels were placed at the sink during this inspection.

Peppe’s Pizza and Subs, 52 E. Carey St., Plains Township, June 7. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed a buildup of rust on the shelves in the walk-in cooler. Observed metal mixing bowl to be rusted and pitted and no longer easily cleanable. Post can opener blade, a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. Blade was cleaned. Observed a buildup of dust on the fan guard in the reach-in cooler in the front area. Observed a buildup of flour residue on the nonfood contact areas in the pizza prep cooler. Back storage area of the facility is cluttered with boxes and equipment and in need of cleaning.

Vino’s Deli, 569 Blackman St., Wilkes-Barre, June 7. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food employee observed smoking in the storage/ware-wash area. Foods (ham, turkey, cheese) were held at 45-47 degrees F in the bain marie rather than 41 degrees F or below as required. Foods were discarded. Refrigerator shelves have deteriorating coating exposing rusty surfaces underneath that are no longer smooth and easily cleanable. Interior top surface of one chest freezer has exposed insulation. Observed a buildup of dust on the fan guard and shelves in the Pepsi reach-in cooler. Toilet rooms do not have a self-closing door.

Original Italian Pizza & Pasta, 609 Heather Highlands Shopping Center, Pittston, June 8. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Observed coating peeling and rust forming on the shelf in the bain marie.

Purple Rose Café, 2202 Rte. 940, Drifton, June 8. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food employees observed in food prep area not wearing proper hair restraints such as nets, hats or beard covers. Floor area under dish machine has buildup of grime.

Sloppy Joes, 1 Cherry St., Kingston, June 8. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: There is an excessive buildup of ice inside the sliding-door refrigeration unit at the end of the bar. Observed a buildup of grease on the stainless steel plating on the wall behind his cook line and to left of fryer. There are multiple floor tiles throughout the kitchen and bar areas that are cracked and no longer easily cleanable. Observed a small pool of grease on the floor between the fryer and the wall.

The Brunch House, 412 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston, June 8. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Observed a buildup of dust on the fan guard in the reach-in cooler in the kitchen area.

Twentieth Street Luncheonette, 922 N. Alter St., Hazleton, June 8. Regular inspection; out of compliance. Violations: The person in charge (owner) does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection. Establishment has failed to employ a certified food handler since being licensed by this department. Proof of enrollment in a certification class or employment of a certified food handler required within 10 days. Owner observed in food prep areas not wearing proper hair restraints. Thermometers for ensuring proper temperatures of food are not available or readily accessible. Exterior surfaces of equipment in food prep areas have buildup of grease/grime. Interior surfaces of refrigerators in rear food prep area and display cooler in front service area have buildup of grime/mold. No sign or poster posted at the hand-wash sink in the food areas to remind food employees to wash their hands. Walls, ceiling, exhaust fan in rear kitchen and equipment in food prep areas have buildup of grease/grime and spilled food residuals. Entire facility is in need of cleaning. Establishment is cluttered with miscellaneous non-essential items.

Owl’s Nest Store, 309 Moyer’s Grove Road, Wapwallopen, June 9. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Pizza L’Oven, 1259 Wyoming Ave., Exeter, June 9. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Victory Bar B Que, 905 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, June 9. Regular inspection; in compliance.

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