Luzerne County restaurant inspections: May 15 to May 24

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The following are recent Luzerne County restaurant inspection reports from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. According to 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.

Beer Bellies, 26-28 Dexter St., Hanover Township: regular inspection; in compliance.

Burger King No. 18132, 392 Route 315, Pittston: regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed a build up of dust on the fan guard in the walk in cooler. Observed a build up of syrup residue around the handle on the self serve beverage machine. Observed a build up of black residue along the ceiling edges in the ice machine. Observed water spillage and grease on the floor around the ice machine.

Carvel Ice Cream, 754 Sans Souci Parkway, Hanover Township: regular inspection; in compliance.

Demuro’s Pizza, 10 William St., Pittston: regular inspection; in compliance.

Harvest Buffet, 26 E. End Center, Wilkes-Barre: complaint inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed a build up of old food residue along the edges and in the corners of the floor in the area by the receiving door and warewash area. Outside refuse area observed to be extremely dirty and littered with cigarette butts and grease. Observed birds feeding in the open dumpster.

Knights of Columbus, 55 S. Main St., Pittston: regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Observed a build up of black mold like residue on the interior of the ice machine. Machine was emptied and will be cleaned and sanitized prior to use.

Ole Tyme Charleys, 31 S. River St., Plains: follow-up inspection; in compliance.

Unicorn Concessions, 120 Cope Road, Shickshinny: regular inspection; in compliance.

Bodnarosa LLC, 1175 Salem Blvd., Berwick: regular inspection; in compliance.

Key Club, 603 N. Manges St., Hazleton: regular inspection; in compliance.

KFC, 140 Oxford St., Hanover Township: regular inspection; in compliance.

Udder Delites, 185 N. Main St., Shickshinny: opening inspection; in compliance.

China King, 2800 N. Memorial Highway, Dallas: regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Raw chicken is stored above ready to eat foods in the walk-in Cooler. The chicken was relocated below the read to ear food items during this inspection. Pork stored in the chest freezer open with no covering. The pork was covered during this inspection. Observed bucket of soy sauce stored directly on the floor in the walk-in cooler area, rather than six inches off of the floor as required. The bucket was elevated during this inspection. Observed an inverted lid from a cardboard box, that was lined with brown paper. The paper was greasy. During an interview with the person in charge he stated that it was a lid from a box that contained raw chicken. They used the lid to drain fried food items. The improper use of this lid increased the risk of food contamination. The box lid was discarded during this inspection. The facility is reusing soy sauce buckets to store Bulk ingredients. The facility voluntarily discarded the bulk flour that was in the soy bucket during this inspection. Paper towel dispenser empty at the hand wash sink in the prep area. Paper towel was placed at the sink during this inspection.

China Three, 49 Broad St., Suite 1, Pittston: regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed in use food ingredient containers not labeled as to the contents. Containers were labeled. Observed in-use cleaver stored between tables, an area not easily cleanable and sanitized. Scoop being stored in bulk ingredients with handle in contact with the contents. Observed a build up of old food residue on the post can opener blade. Can opener was cleaned during this inspection. Observed a build up of grease and dust on the hoods over the cooking areas. Hoods are scheduled to be cleaned. Observed a build up of dust on the underside of the storage shelves.

Daddow-Isaacs Post 672, 2974 Memorial Highway, Dallas: regular inspection; in compliance. Dispensing utensil (scoop) stored in ice chest at the end of the bar was observed stored with handle in direct contact with the ice.

Dollar General No. 14417, 360 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top: regular inspection; in compliance.

Dorrance Sunoco, 7018 Blue Ridge Trail, Mountain Top: regular inspection; in compliance.

Ellis Catering, 401 Main Rd., Hanover Township: regular inspection; in compliance.

La Napoli, 427 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top: regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food containers stored on floor in walk in cooler. Thermometers for ensuring proper temperatures of food are not available or readily accessible.Chemical spray bottle in dining area is not labeled for content.

McDonald’s Corp., 746 Sans Souci Parkway, Hanover Township: regular inspection; in compliance.

Nelly Travel Plaza LLC, 3765 Nuangola Road, Mountain Top: Food employees observed in food prep area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard covers. Fan guards in walk in coolers have build up of static dust.

Pizzano’s Pizza, 733 Main St., Avoca: regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Deteriorating rubber door gaskets observed on the Bain Marie. Observed water pooling on the bottom of the beverage cooler.

Serpico’s Pizza, 220 E. End Centre, Wilkes-Barre: regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed the coating peeling and rust forming on shelves in the sandwich Bain Marie. Observed a build up of dust on the fan guard in two beverage refrigeration units. Observed a build up of flour residue on the sides of the shelves in the walk in cooler. Observed a build up of food residue around edges and hinge on the sandwich Bain Marie. Observed a build up of old soda residue on surface around the nozzles on the beverage machine. Customer self-service single-use tableware is not displayed in a manner so that only the handles are touched by customers. Employee restroom does not have a self-closing door. Observed 50 old rodent like droppings under shelving in the employee restroom, 20 old rodent like droppings under shelving in the kitchen, 10 old rodent like droppings in corners in the restrooms. Food facility is not removing dead trapped pests from control devices frequently, as evidenced by observed 2 old / decaying mice in pest control device. 1 in the employee restroom and 1 under a pallet in the kitchen area.

Chick’s, 205-207 Boland Ave., Hanover Township: regular inspection; in compliance.

Kinder Care, 1810 S. Main St., Hanover Township: regular inspection; in compliance. Ninety days given to secure certification.

Alexis Tavern, 1440 S. Main St., Hanover Township: regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Women’s toilet room is not provided with a covered waste receptacle for sanitary napkins.

Bottlenecks, 2 S. Broad St., West Hazleton: regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: No backflow preventer installed between hose and hose bib on basement slop sink. Thermometers for ensuring proper temperatures of food are not available or readily accessible.

Burger King, 693 Carey Ave., Hanover Township: regular inspection; in compliance.

Cheder Menachem School, 59 Parry St., Luzerne: regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: The post can opener blade, a food contact surface, was observed to have dried food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The can opener was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. The wall opposite the dish machine in the Kitchen area, is made of drywall that is not painted and therefore is not non-porous and non-absorbent.

Convenient Food Mart No. 3022, 366 Wyoming Ave., Kingston: regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: coffee pot was observed in the hand wash sink, indicating uses other than hand washing.The pot was removed, cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. The wash compartment of the three bay manual ware wash sink has a build up of a brown residue and in need of cleaning. The sink was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. Prepackaged hoagies purchased from another facility are not labeled to clearly indicate any “Big 8” allergen ingredients and/or the allergen warning statement. Prepackaged hoagies purchased from another facility and offered for sale in the grab and go refrigeration unit are not labeled properly with the ingredient statement to include sub ingredients, net weight, distributed by statement and/or nutritional facts. The facility that they receive the products from has changed since the previous inspection. Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration.

Dupont Mini Mart No. 1, 279 Main St., Dupont: regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed single serve items stored in cabinet under sink with cleaning supplies. Items were moved from area. Observed water polled on the floor in the walk in cooler. Person in charge stated that heavy rain leaked into back area of facility. No food items were affected. Sales area of the food facility is dusty, and in need of cleaning.

Food Mart, 581 Market St., Kingston: regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration. Dented soft drink cans in sink and old food residue in base of hand wash sink indicating uses other than hand washing. Paper towel dispenser empty at the hand wash sink. Paper towel was placed at sink during this inspection.

Forest Hill Inn, 3 Forest Hill Inn Road, Hazleton: regular inspection; in compliance.

Ollie’s, 84 S. Wyoming Ave., Edwardsville: complaint inspection; in compliance.

Peking Chef, Memorial Highway, Dallas: regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Chicken was cooked to 157 °F and not 165° F for <1 second (instantaneous) as required. Observed cook prepare chicken and broccoli, the temperature of the chicken when plated was 157° F the meal was cooked longer and chicken was then 178° F when plated. Utensils that were stored and ready for use(three cleavers and a crinkle cutter, food contact surfaces, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The utensils were cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. Observed ice intended for use in glasses of soda being used as a coolant for a container of Lemon wedges. The container was removed. The ice was removed and the bin was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. Employee rest room does not have a waste receptacle. Thermometers for ensuring proper temperatures of food are not available or readily accessible. The water faucet (hot side) will not turn off, and trickles at all times. The person in charge stated that they turn the hot water on and off at the shut off valve under the sink when not in use. The Person in charge said that they have called a plumber and waiting for him to come repair the faucet.

Pittston Popcorn, 8 Cran St., Pittston: regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed scoops stored in bulk ingredients with handles in contact with contents. Scoops were moved. Observed webbing under shelving in the back area.

Taco El Pablano, 34 W. 9th St., Hazleton: opening inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration. Thermometers for ensuring proper temperatures of food are not available or readily accessible.

Torony’s Giant Hot Dogs, 1325 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre: regular inspection; in compliance.

Valley Meat and Deli, 629 Main St., Avoca: regular inspection; out of compliance. Violations: Commercially processed refrigerated, ready to eat, time/temperature control for safety food, located in the deli case, and held more than 24 hours, is not being marked with the date it was opened. Discussed date marking and provided guidance documents. Deli meat, a refrigerated, ready to eat time temperature control for safety food in the deli case, was date-marked by the facility, but was beyond the 7 day use or sell by date and requires discarding. Items were discarded. The person in charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection. Sausage and peppers held at 103° F, in the kitchen area, rather than 135° F or above as required. Food was reheated. Observed one gallon and two quarts of milk beyond the sell by date in the cooler in the sales area. Items were removed from sale. Observed a build up of old food residue on the non food contact areas of one deli slicer. Floor in the walk in cooler is rusting and pitted and not easily cleanable.

American Legion 609, 320 Lee Park Ave., Hanover Township: regular inspection; in compliance.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, 280 Mundy St., Wilkes-Barre: regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed the coating peeling and rust forming on the edge of shelves in 1 reach in refrigeration unit. Observed a build up of dust on the fanguard in one refrigeration unit. Person in charge cleaned guard.

CK’s Summer Treats Ice Cream and More, 63 Gerald Ave., Dallas: regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: A pan and a cambro pan was observed in the hand wash sink, indicating uses other than hand washing. The pans were removed, cleaned and sanitized during this inspection.

Hungry Bear, Rural Route Box 81, White Haven: regular inspection; in compliance.

New Broad Street Deli, 426 Airport Road, Hazle Township: regular inspection; in compliance.

Royal Bakery, 1701 Wyoming Ave., Exeter: regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Lights are not shielded or shatter proof in the cooler in the sales area. Observed a build up of dust and debris on the storage shelves under the display case. Observed the coating peeling and rust forming on shelves in the walk in cooler.

The Green Gourmet @ St. John Bosco, 573 Route 93, Sugarloaf: opening inspection; in compliance.

Antonio’s Pizza & Sub Express LLC, 801 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston: follow-up inspection; in compliance. Violation: Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Cutting board has been ordered.

Child Development Council, 1000 S. Main St., Hanover Township: regular inspection; in compliance.

Experience Fitness, 190 River St., Wilkes-Barre: regular inspection; in compliance.

Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Cutting board has been ordered.

Hops & Barleys, 131 Main St., Luzerne: regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed deeply scored cutting board on the bain-marie in the kitchen, and is not resurfaced or discarded as required. Observed a build up of grease on the hood filters over the deep fryers in the kitchen area, in need of cleaning. The top outside surface of the microwave and mechanical dish washer have a build up of food debris and in need of cleaning. Observed two in-use knives stored between edge of the bain marie and the wall, an area not easily cleanable and sanitized. The knives were removed, cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. The post can opener blade, a food contact surface, was observed to have dried black residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The can opener was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. There is an accumulation of grease and food debris on the stainless steel wall surface behind the deep fryers in the kitchen.

Iron Skillet, 98 Grove St., Dupont: regular inspection; out of compliance. Violations: The person in charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection. Observed date marking sticker residue on multiple food pans. Observed a build up of dust on the fan guards in multiple refrigeration units. Observed clean food equipment stored wet in a manner that does not allow for draining and/or air drying (wet nesting. Mops are not being hung to air dry. Observed a build up of residues on the shelves in multiple walk in units. Observed 10 small flies in the mop area and 10 small flies in the ware wash area. Observed cracked deflector plate in one ice machine. Observed heat damaged food pans which are no longer smooth and easily cleanable. Observed multiple cracked food pan lids. Observed the coating peeling on shelves in the produce walk in cooler. Observed prep walk in cooler with an ambient temperature of 48° F and not 41° F or less as required. Unit was serviced during inspection. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Multiple food items ( chicken, soups, sauce, pasta, rice, melons, clams, dairy) were held at 48-60° F, in the prep walk in cooler, rather than 41° F or below as required. Foods were discarded. Unit will be service prior to storage of TCS foods. Observed broken handle on one reach in refrigeration unit by the cook area. Observed a build up of debris and residue in multiple floor drains in the kitchen and storage areas and in the walk in refrigeration units. Observed aa build up of debris, residues and grime on the floor in multiple areas.

Lee Park Grill, 62 Lee Park Ave., Hanover Township: regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Women’s toilet room is not provided with a covered waste receptacle for sanitary napkins.

Lee Park Towers/Center, 140 Lee Park Ave., Hanover Township: regular inspection; in compliance.

McDonalds No. 03016, 80 S. Wyoming Ave., Edwardsville: regular inspection; in compliance.

Metro Deli, 98 Grove St., Dupont: regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed bulk food ingredient container not labeled with the common name of the contents. Container was labeled. Observed food residue on one deli slicer. Slicer was cleaned.

Old Tioga Farm – Classic Italian Cooking, 1432 Old Tioga Tpk., Stillwater: regular inspection; in compliance.

Peking Chef Express, 5 United Penn Plaza 160 Wyoming Ave., Kingston: regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: The food facility is re-using soy sauce buckets, which is intended for single use, to store other food items such as chicken and sweet sour sauce. The facility is using non food grade bags (grocery bags) to store foods in the walk-in freezer.

Petro Stopping Center, 98 Grove St., Dupont: regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed a build up of webbing under shelf in the storage room. Observed residue on plastic dividers in the dairy area of the walk in cooler. Dairy creamers held at 50° F, in the cold hold unit, rather than 41° F or below as required. Unit was emptied and will be serviced. Observed three small flying insects in the drain under the shelves in the storage room.

Petro Stopping Center Fuel Building, 98 Grove St., Dupont: regular inspection; out of compliance. Observed a build up of food residue on the interior of the microwave. Microwave was cleaned. Observed a build up of mold like residue on the ice chute in the self serve beverage machine. Machine was placed as out of order until soda company can service. Observed a build up of old food residue on the post can opener blade. Can opener was cleaned. The food facility does not have the original certificate for the certified food employee posted in public view. A working container of concrete degreaser was stored above canned goods in the storage area, contents observed to have leaked on to food items. Items were discarded and chemicals were moved. The person in charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection. Observed a build up of syrup and mold residue on the surface behind the nozzles on the self serve beverage machine. Observed a build up of syrup spillage under the soda boxes in the storage area. Observed hot water turned off at the handwash sink in the prep area. Water was turned on, Person in charge directed to have hot water on when providing food service.

The Pines Eatery & Spirits, 8 W. Broad St., STE 50, Hazleton: regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: A temperature measuring device for measuring manual warewashing wash and sanitizing water temperatures is not available. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required.

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