Luzerne County Restaurant Inspections: Sept. 2 to 9


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 Postal addresses used here areas listed on the state’s website, and may not correspond to the municipalities in which facilities are physically located.

Cal’s Concessions- Luzerne Co. Fair, Rt. 118, Dallas: regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Eggs were held at 58° F, in the small refrigerator area, rather than 41° F or below as required. Eggs moved to large refrigerator and small refrigerator taken out of service.

Togoz Pizza, 310 Wyoming Ave., West Wyoming: regular inspection; in compliance. Violation:The ceiling surface inside of the Microwave oven, a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The microwave was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection.

Al’s Quick Stop, 3000 Bear Creek Rd., Wilkes-Barre: follow-up inspection; in compliance.

Checkerboard Inn, 385 Carverton Rd., Trucksville: regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed in-use knife, pizza cutter and scraper stored between the wall and the back of a magnetic strip, an area not easily cleanable and sanitized. The utensils were removed, cleaned and sanitized during this inspection.Containerized foods directly on the floor in walk-in cooler/walk-in freezer units, rather than six inches off of the floor as required. A tub of sausage in the walk-in cooler was stored open with no covering. The sausage was covered during this inspection. The top external surface of the magnetic strip used to store knifes and pizza cutters (a non-food contact surface) is not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of dirt and soil. The light fixture and wiring above the prep table showed webbing and dust, and is in need of cleaning.

Checkerboard Pavilion/Grove, 385 Carverton Rd., Shavertown: regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: The door located in the basement area of the food facility has a gap at the floor door junction and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.

Friendly Food Mart Inc., 301 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston: regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer Observed old food residue on the deli slicer. Slicer was cleaned. Commercially processed refrigerated, ready to eat, time/temperature control for safety food, located in the cooler, and held more than 24 hours, is not being marked with the date it was opened. Discussed date marking and provided guidance documents.

Great Wall, 111 Boston Ave., West Pittston: regular inspection; in compliance.

McDonald’s, 750 Kidder St., Wilkes-Barre: follow-up inspection; in compliance.

Perkins Restaurant, 304 Highway 315, Pittston: complaint inspection; in compliance. Violations: Soup was held at 125° F in the prep area, rather than 135° F or above as required. Soup was reheated. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Observed a build up of black residue on the interior of the ice bin. Person in charge cleaned area.