Luzerne County Restaurant Inspection: Sep. 24 to 30

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

Donahues Frogtowne Grille, 23 West County Rd., Sybertsville: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Food in the refrigeration units stored open with no covering. Food was covered. Observed rusting shelves in the refrigerator in the bar area. Plumbing system not maintained in good repair – observed faucet leaking at the handwash sink in the kitchen. Observed a build up of mold like residue on the edge of the deflector plate in the ice machine. Machine was cleaned. Observed a build up of dust on the fan guard in the refrigerator in the kitchen.

Panera Bread No. 1994, 564 Susquehanna BLVD Hazle Twp.: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Observed water pooling on the floor in the walk in cooler.

4 Play, 165 Rt. 11, Nanticoke: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Observed dust and webbing under equipment and shelving in the kitchen and bar area. Observed a build up of black residue and debris along the walls and around the toilets in the restrooms.

Arby’s, 278 Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes Barre: Follow-up inspection, in compliance. Violations: Observed a build up of dust and residue on the edges of the shelves in the walk in cooler. Observed 20 rodent like droppings under the desk in the back area of the facility. PIC cleaned area.\

Auntie Anne’s/Planet Smoothie, 29 Wyoming Valley Mall Space K0009, Wilkes-Barre: Follow-up inspection, in compliance.

Carriage Stop Beer, 2500 East End Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Observed a build up of mold like residue on the deflector plate in the ice machine.PIC cleaned plate. Observed a build up of black residue in the dispensing area on the slushy machine. PIC cleaned area. Observed small flies in 3 bottles of liquor. Bottles were discarded. Observed a build up of dust on liquor bottles in the bar area. Observed a build up of soap residue in the sink at the bar area. Observed a build up of dust and residue on the plastic dividers in the beer cooler. Observed a build up of syrup residue around the nozzles on the soda machine.Scoop being stored in the ice machine with handle touching and/or buried beneath the ice.

Moe’s Southwest Grill, Bear Creek Commons, Wilkes-Barre: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Observed pans and containers equipment stored on the floor in warewash area. Food residue observed in the kitchen handwash sink, indicating uses other than handwashing.

Northwest Area – Primary School, 417 Shickshinny Lake Rd., Huntington Mills: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Customer self-service single-use drinking cups are not displayed and dispensed in a manner to eliminate customer contact with food or lip contact surfaces. The utensils were placed in a different container with handles up during this inspection.

Northwest Area High School, 243 Thorne Hill Rd., Shickshinny: Regular inspection, in compliance.

Northwest Area Intermediate School, 21 Sunset Lake Rd., Hunlock Creek: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Customer self-service single-use drinking cups are not displayed and dispensed in a manner to eliminate customer contact with food or lip contact surfaces. The utensils were placed in a container with the handles up during this inspection.

Pittston Area SHS, 5 Stout St., Pittston: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Mops are not being hung to air dry. Metal shelves in the walk in cooler are forming rust and are no longer smooth and easily cleanable. Observed 5 small flies in a container of fruit.

Wegman Food Market No. 77, 220 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Ice build-up on the condenser unit in the bakery walk-in freezer. Food residue observed in the produce handwash sink, indicating uses other than handwashing.Exit door located in the back receiving area of the food facility has a gap and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.

Elly’s Pizza and Restaurant, 188 N. Main St., Pittston: Change of owner inspection, in compliance.

Gertrude Hawk Chocolate, 174 Mundy St., Wilkes-Barre: Regular inspection, in compliance.

Good Shepherd Academy, 316 N. Maple Ave., Kingston: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Several floor tiles near the dish machine are loosened, cracked/broken and the floor is no longer smooth and easily cleanable.

Hudson SVC Men’s Association, 47-49 Martin St., Wilkes-Barre: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Observed a build up of pink residue on the ice plate in the ice machine. PIC cleaned plate. Observed water pooling on the floor in the basement area.

La Tolteca, 200 Mundy St., Wilkes-Barre: Type 3 Follow-up inspection, in compliance. Violations: Observed single-service, single-use articles stored in the storage shed directly on the floor, and not 6 inches above the floor. Observed cases of bottled beverage mixes stored directly on the floor in the storage shed, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Observed 10 rodent like droppings on the exterior of cases of food items stored on shelving in the kitchen area. Area was cleaned and case were removed.

Quinn’s Market, 401 Kennedy Blvd., Pittston: Complaint inspection, in compliance. Violations: Soap was not available at the handwash sink in the prep area.

Royal Bakery, 1701 Wyoming Ave., Exeter: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: An open employee’s beverage container was observed in prep area. Rough welds observed on the interior of the large copper mixing bowl. Observed old food residue on the mixer paddle. Paddle was cleaned. Observed old food residue on the post can opener blade. Can opener was cleaned. Observed 20 old rodent like droppings under display case and on a storage shelf in the back area. Observed a build up of old food residue on the nonfood contact surfaces of the mixers. Observed webbing under shelving in the prep area and display cases in the sales area.

Third Avenue Elementary School, 131 Third Ave., Kingston: Regular inspection, in compliance.

West Side Career & Technical School, 75 Evans St., Kingston: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Customer self-service single-use drinking cups are not displayed and dispensed in a manner to eliminate customer contact with food or lip contact surfaces. The utensils were placed in a different container with the handles up during this inspection. The electric can opener blade, a food contact surface, was observed to have a build up of a black residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The blade was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. Working spray bottle in prep area, used for storing sanitizer taken from bulk supplies, were not marked with the common name of the chemical. The bottle was labeled during this inspection.

309 One Stop, 1335-1337 N. Church St., Hazle Twp.: Opening inspection, in compliance.

Bobby O’s Family Restaurant, 300 Main St., Dupont: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Mop was not hung to air dry while not in use. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Food employees observed in prep area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets or hats. Beef observed thawing in standing water, which is not an approved thawing method.

Red Robin No. 335, 2020 Wilkes-Barre Market Pl., Wilkes-Barre: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Liquid ingredient storage container, in the kitchen area, is not labeled with the common name of the solution.

Route 309 Six Packs To Go, 1335-1337 N. Church St., Hazle Twp.: Opening inspection, in compliance.

Solo Cocina Cafe and Lounge, 601 S. Popular St., Hazleton: Change of owner inspection, out of compliance. Violations: Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available or readily accessible in all refrigeration/freezer units equipment. Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration for the dish machine. The water temperature of the wash compartment of the manual ware washing equipment was 67°F, rather than not less than 110°F, as required. Owner stated water heater is to be replaced this week. No sign or poster posted at the hand wash sink in the employee restroom area to remind food employees to wash their hands. Freezer units were not on so that temperatures could be taken. The hand wash sink located in the rear kitchen, or employee rest room area does not have water at a temperature of at least 100°F. The owner stated that the Water heater for the rear kitchen quit working yesterday and that that a new one is to be installed this week. Automated Paper towel dispenser not working at the hand wash sink in the employee restroom. Several wet ceiling tiles over the steam table in the front dining area. The owner stated that the Landlord has people working on the roof but they are not working today due to the rain. He stated that he is not going to use that steam table. There are also several ceiling tiles that are water stained in the dining area.

La Cueva Restaurant, 666 Alter St., Hazleton: Follow-up inspection, in compliance. Violations: Reach in refrigerator in kitchen does not maintain a temperature of 41F or less. Unit shall not be used to store time temperature control foods pending repair to maintain temperature at 41F or less.Chicken liquids/broth/gravy were held at 53F, in the kitchen reach in refrigerator rather than 41°F or below as required.

Milkhouse Creamery LLC, 359 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top: Opening inspection, in compliance.

Moon Shadows MFF2, 273 S. Main Rd., Mountain Top: Regular inspection, in compliance.

Pantry Quik No. 1, 145 E. Diamond Ave., Hazleton: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Paper towel dispenser empty at the handwash sink in the hand sink area.

PQ Six Packs To Go, LLC, 145 E. Diamond Ave., Hazleton: Regular inspection, out of compliance. Violations: Cases of beer observed stored in the restroom area. The handwash sink in the food area was blocked by cases of beer and not accessible at all times for employee use.

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