Lackawanna restaurant inspections March 29- April 3: missing floor tiles, grease buildup


The following are recent Lackawanna 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 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.

Russen’s Sports Bar, 201 River St., Olyphant, March 29. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed unfinished wood shelves in reach-in refrigerator which are not easy to clean. Hood filters above fryers have an accumulation of grease. Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration.

Subway #13596, 860 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit, March 29. Follow-up inspection; in compliance. Violations: Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available or readily accessible in the under counter refrigerator. Temperature noted at 38 degrees F during this inspection. A thermometer was ordered from Amazon per the person in charge. The quaternary ammonia concentration in the sanitizing solution of the three-bay ware- wash sink was 0 ppm, rather than 150-400 ppm as stated on the manufacturers use directions. Dispenser for sanitizer is broken and must be added to the sink manually. Sanitizer sink was set up correctly during this inspection.

New Century Chinese Restaurant, 1000 S. State St., Clarks Summit, March 30. Follow-up inspection; in compliance. Violations: The plastic deflector plate in the ice machine is stained. Wire shelving in the refrigerator units and above the ware-wash sink is rusting. One of three chest freezer lids in the rear storeroom is being held together with an unapproved material-duct tape. Lid is not fitting tightly on freezer. Floor tiles are missing and/or cracked throughout the kitchen especially underneath the cooking equipment and ware-wash sinks-not allowing for a smooth and easy to clean surface. Floors were observed to be clean during this inspection.

Rite Aid #2768, 54 N. Main St., Carbondale, March 31. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Archbald Express Mart, 377 Main St., Archbald, April 3. Follow-up inspection; out of compliance. Violations: No hot water at the faucet of the ware-washing/ hand-wash sink at the time of this inspection. The hand-wash sink located in the prep area does not have water at a temperature of at least 100 degrees F. The person in charge stated that a water heater is on order.

For previous Luzerne and Lackawana county restaurant inspections, please click here.