Luzerne County restaurant inspections: Feb. 3 through Feb. 10

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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 over all, 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.

Antojito’s Café, 100 W. Broad St., Suite 104, Hazleton: Regular inspection, out of compliance. Violations: Food employees observed in kitchen area not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats. Personal prepared foods observed being stored in same refrigerator as customer’s foods without any covering or identification. No sign or poster posted at the handwash sink to remind food employees to wash their hands. Milk was held at 63°F in the shelving area, rather than 41°F or below as required. New food facility in operation more than 90 days and has not employed a certified food employee as required. Vasoline in a previously used pharmacy medication bottle not labeled for content and observed stored in box of other food ingredients. Person in charge is not monitoring closely enough the food risk and good retail practices violations observed during inspection. Commercially processed refrigerated, ready to eat time/temperature control for safety food (deli meat), located in the refrigerator and held more than 24 hours, is not being marked with the date it was opened. Refrigerated, ready to eat time/temperature control for safety food, prepared in the food facility and held for more than 24 hours, located in the refrigerator is not being date marked. Manual ware washing sink is being set up properly to allow washing, rinsing and sanitizing. Sink was only set up to allow for washing/rinsing. Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Under side of cutting board observed with black food staining. Grease build up observed on wall area above and around counter top fryers. Observed uncovered frozen foods in the chest freezer. Observed bags of dry food ingredients stored under ware wash sink drain line area. The food facility does not have the original certificate for the certified food employee posted in public view.

Cracker Jack Bar & Grill, 378 E. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Regular inspection, in compliance.

Golden Star, 360 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Observed an accumulation of grease dripping from filters above the grill and fryers. Thermometers for ensuring proper temperatures of food are not available or readily accessible. Containers of chicken, shrimp in the bain-marie and refrigerator stored open with no covering.

Keat’s Pub, 115 Bowman St., Wilkes-Barre, Regular inspection, in compliance.

Senunas Bar & Grill, 127 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Soda gun spouts have an accumulation of dried soda syrup stuck to them. Paper towel dispenser empty at the handwash sink in the kitchen area.

City-Mager, 421 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Wilkes-Barre: Regular inspection, in compliance.

Pat’s on Heights, 440 S. Poplar St., Hazleton: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Food employees observed in kitchen area not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets or hats. Eggs and burgers are served undercooked to the customer’s request; however, a written consumer advisory (on the menu, table tent or placard) is not provided to the consumer. Supplied copy of the consumer advisory guidelines. Hand written on menu for temporary corrective action. Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available or readily accessible in the refrigerated unit kitchen area of the food facility. Food facility has an employee who held a Certified Food Manager certificate; however, the certificate has expired and is no longer valid. Correct by 5/6/19.

Rakaczewski’s Potato Pancakes, 14 N. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top: Regular inspection, in compliance.

Tacos El Pablano Mexican Restaurant, 34 West 9th St., Hazleton: Follow-up inspection, in compliance. Violations: A Food Employee Certification is displayed but the individual is no longer employed by the retail food facility. To date facility does not have an employee enrolled in a food safety manager’s course. A copy of course enrollment requested within 10 days of this inspection. Correct by 4/12/19. Food facility does not have available Quaternary sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration. Observed slicer equipment, in the kitchen area, with an accumulation of old food residue, debris on non-food contact surfaces. Observed refrigerated equipment, in the kitchen and front counter service area, with an accumulation of old food residue, debris on non-food contact surfaces.

Tazza Shawarma Grill, 10 W. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Ceiling fan blades in dining area have an accumulation of dust build up on them. Top and front of convection oven has an accumulation of grease, food stains and food particles stuck to it. Walk in cooler floor has an accumulation of food stains, grease and food particles on it making it very slippery. Hood filters have an accumulation of grease and soil build up on them.

Turkey Hill Minit Market No. 153, 632 Carey Ave., Wilkes-Barre: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Floors are dirty with wrappers, spills from the coffee and cold section of store, the walk in cooler and freezer card board and debris along the floor. Time in lieu of temperature being used in the food facility to control ready to eat potentially hazardous foods without written procedures or documentation to verify disposition of food. Mops are not being hung to air dry.

Valley Sea Foods Inc., 188 N. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Food facility not using a wash bucket with sanitizer to clean food prep tables after use.

American Lithuanian & Social, 1129 Wyoming Ave., Exeter: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Observed the coating peeling and rust forming on shelves in the reach in cooler. Observed water pooling on the bottom of the keg cooler.

Club 79, 79 Blackman St., Wilkes-Barre: Regular inspection, in compliance.

Curry Donuts, 216 Wilkes-Barre Twp. Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration. Observed a build up of black residue on the interior of the ice machine. Machine was turned off and will be cleaned and sanitized prior to use. Observed 40 old rodent droppings in the storage area and in the closet in the office area. Food employees observed not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets or hats.

Drums Elementary/Middle School, 85 S. Old Turnpike Rd., Drums: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Loose/torn rubber door gasket observed on the reach in (self serve) milk cooler on the tray line.

Genetti Catering, 1345 N. Church St., Hazle Township: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Concrete floor in area of dish machine is pitted, deteriorated and holding water. Ceiling surface in basement dry storage area observed dripping water from roof leak – no food adulteration observed as facility has separated food storage. Black mold-like build up observed on bottom edge of ice machine divider plate.

Hazleton Area Academy of Science, 40 Azalea Drive, Drums: Regular inspection, in compliance.

High Street Deli, 228 High St., Wilkes-Barre: Regular inspection, in compliance.

Holy Family Academy, 601 N. Laurel St., Hazleton: Regular inspection, in compliance.

Long John Silver Seafood, 785 Kidder St., Wilkes-Barre: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: floor tiles missing in fryer area and floor base tiles falling away from wall in prep area. Fryer area of the food facility has an accumulation of grease, food particles and in need of cleaning. Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available or readily accessible in the front counter bain-marie and the food prep bain-marie.

Malacari’s Produce and Deli, 156-160 Mundy St., Wilkes-Barre: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Observed Italian ice syrup spillage in the reach in freezer. Observed webbing on the underside of shelves in the walk in cooler. Severely dented canned items observed in refrigeration unit and intended for sale in the food facility. Items were removed from sale. Observed rust forming on shelves in the walk in cooler.

Mizu Sushi Hibachi Inc., 244 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Follow-up inspection, in compliance. Violations: Walk in freezer door is damaged and does not close properly causing ice to build up. New door has been ordered.

Polish American Vets, 2 S. Oak St., Plains Township: Regular inspection, in compliance.

S&W Restaurant, 147 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: Food facility not using a wash bucket with sanitizer to clean food prep tables after use. Loose rubber door gaskets observed on the walk in cooling unit.

The Beer Garage, 202 E. Diamond Ave., Hazleton: Regular inspection, in compliance.

Vesuvio’s Pizzaria & Sports Bar, 109-111 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Regular inspection, in compliance. Violations: A couple of kitchen floor tiles are cracked and missing. Those tiles must be replaced or filled in. Food holding container of cooking flour out of its original container found in kitchen without a common name food label on it. Pizza holding racks have an accumulation of grease, flour and food particles stuck to them. Food facility not using wash bucket with sanitizer to clean food prep tables after use.

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