Restaurant inspection results troubling for several establishments

The Grayson County Health Center has released its restaurant/food inspection results for the month of January.

Several establishments earned good scores in January’s inspections, including Papa John’s and Wendy’s with 96s and Mr. Gatti’s with a 98. JaJa’s Cupcake Bakery & Catering recorded a 100, the only perfect score of the month.

There were many restaurants that struggled mightily, though, including Redneck Ranch Restaurant, which scored an alarmingly low 74, and had well over 40 violations. Huddle House, with over 20 violations and an initial score of 84, had to have two follow-up inspections performed to raise its score to 92. The second lowest score of the month belonged to Sandy’s Restaurant, which had an initial score of 82 and over 20 violations.

In total, eight establishments scored poorly enough to warrant follow-up inspections.

Restaurant/food inspection results:

Center Court Food Mart: Food score 90; Retail score 90 — Food violations: Wiping cloths stored in hand sink area (corrected), out of date food products (corrected), containers with no handles used to scoop product, can opener unclean, push car unclean, counter top in poor repair, inside drawers in poor repair, cooler/gaskets unclean, siding on counter in poor repair, ceiling vents unclean. Follow-up score 95. Retail violations: Ice spout on drink machine unclean, nozzles on creamer machine not properly maintained, product out of temp (corrected), ice cream machine unclean, inside cabinets unclean, fan grilles unclean in cooler, bare wood inside cabinets, top of drink machine unclean, floor in walk-in cooler unclean. Follow-up score 93.

Center Court Food Mart (follow-up inspection): Food score 95; Retail score 96 – Food violations: containers with no handles used to scoop product, can opener holder unclean, push cart unclean, counter top in poor repair, inside drawers in poor repair, knife container unclean, cooler/gaskets unclean, siding on counter in poor repair, ceiling vents unclean. Retail violations: Ice cream machine unclean, inside cabinets unclean, fan grilles in cooler unclean, bare wood inside cabinets, top of drink machine unclean, floor in walk-in cooler unclean.

Subway: Food score 93 – Violations: Equipment stored in hand sink and not properly maintained (corrected), food product not properly thawed, top of warmers unclean, inside ice machine unclean, fan grilles in walk-in cooler/freezer in poor repair, ice build-up in freezer, floors in cooler unclean, seal on back door in poor repair. Follow-up score 96.

Papa John’s Pizza: Food score 96 – Violations: Food product not properly labeled with time as a control (corrected), containers in prep area broken, can opener holder unclean, knife in poor repair, gaskets unclean and in poor repair, screens on walls unclean, keyboards unclean, top of pizza oven unclean, storage containers unclean, inside small cooler unclean. Follow-up score 98.

Take Me Home: Food score 87 – Violations: No hand towels or towels not properly dispensed at hand sinks, sanitizer buckets too strong (corrected), cook procedures not properly maintained (food labels), food items not properly date marked or expired (corrected), chemical storage in restrooms improper (corrected), single service items improperly stored, clean dishes drying on clean cloth material, tracks on cooler under slicer unclean, inside microwave unclean, spray nozzle on three compartment sink in poor repair (corrected). Follow-up score 94.

Take Me Home (follow-up inspection): Food score 96 – Violations: Single service items improperly stored, clean dishes stored on clean cloth material, tracks on cooler unclean, slicer unclean, inside microwave unclean, spray nozzle on three compartment sink in poor repair.

Dairy Queen: Food score 93 – Violations: No kit provided for response procedures, dented cans in prep area (corrected), single service items not properly stored, knife sharpener unclean, ice bins not properly stored, inside freezer unclean, fan grilles in freezers and coolers unclean, mixer shelf unclean, ice spout on drink machine unclean, lid on ice bin by drive-thru unclean, small cutting board in poor repair, broken lids and containers in prep area, small shelves in poor repair, sauce container in poor repair, can opener/holder unclean, blade in poor repair. Follow-up score 95.

Dairy Queen (follow-up inspection): Food score 97 – Violations: Single service items not properly stored, knife sharpener unclean, ice bins not properly stored, inside freezer unclean, fan grilles in freezers and coolers unclean, mixer shelf unclean, ice spout on drink machine unclean, lid on ice bin by drive-thru unclean, small cutting board in poor repair, broken lids and containers in prep area, small shelves in poor repair, sauce container in poor repair, can opener/holder in poor repair, blade in poor repair.

Smitty City: Food score 94; Retail score 97 — Food violations: Thermometers missing or not conspicuous, not wearing hair restraints, exterior toaster unclean, surfaces in general unclean, gasket unclean on cooler, ceiling peeling in food prep area, gasket in bad repair on cooler in prep area. Retail violations: Ice bucket improperly stored, restroom doors not self-closing, drawer in bad repair under fountain machine, mops on floor (not hanging), fan grilles in walk-in unclean.

Robbie’s Quickstop: Food score 90; Retail score 97 – Food violations: No towel dispenser at hand sink in prep area, food in freezer in game room not properly secured, wiping cloths not properly used in prep area, no hand washing sign at hand sink, inside cooler unclean, cutting board in poor repair, gasket torn on cold unit, cold unit leaking in prep area, three compartment sink leaking in prep area, no soap in men’s restroom and no trash can for feminine products in women’s restroom, floors unclean, no divider between hand sink and three compartment sink. Retail violations: Ice spout unclean, bare wood shelves unpainted, freezer has heavy ice build-up, fan grilles in units in coolers unclean, floors unclean in back area.

Mr. Gatti’s: Food score 98 – Violations: Rust build-up inside ice machine, scale on floor area unclean, gaskets on cooler in poor repair, fan grilles unclean, spatula in poor repair, vent hoods unclean, unapproved brushes in prep area, cutting boards in poor repair, spray nozzle in three compartment sink unclean.

Sandy’s Restaurant: Food score 82 – Violations: Hand towels not properly dispensed, hot water not maintained, food product not properly stored, sanitizer buckets not properly set-up in prep area (corrected), food product not properly maintained (corrected), single service items not properly stored, not properly using gloves, gaskets on coolers in poor repair, shelves broken, unapproved food brush in prep area, inside containers unclean, ice scoop in poor repair, plumbing on hand sink not maintained, waste water not properly disposed of in approved manner, walls around three compartment sink in poor repair and seal on back door in poor repair, restroom door not self-closing, no feminine trash can, toilet paper not properly dispensed, towels not properly dispensed, siding around hand sink in poor repair.  Follow-up score 89.

Sandy’s Restaurant (follow-up inspection): Food score 93 – Violations: Hand towels not properly dispensed, hot water not maintained, food product not properly stored, single service items not properly stored/handled, gaskets on coolers in poor repair, shelves broken, unapproved food brush in prep area, inside containers unclean, ice scoop in poor repair, walls around three compartment sink in poor repair, seal on back door in poor repair, restroom door not self-closing, no feminine trash can, toilet paper not properly dispensed, towels not properly dispensed, siding around hand sink in poor repair.

Captain D’s: Food score 91 — Violations: Not properly using hand sink (corrected), unclean utensils stored with clean items stored in drawers, can opener holder in poor repair, knife rack in poor repair, unapproved food brushes, utensils in poor repair, inside ice machine unclean, large containers unclean, gaskets on freezer in poor repair, uncleanable surface, floors in freezer unclean and grout in floor in poor repair, walls around outside area of walk-in coolers in poor repair, evidence of insects in prep area. Follow-up score 94.

Captain D’s (follow-up inspection): Food score 96 – Food violations: Unclean utensils stored with clean items, stored in unclean drawers, can opener holder in poor repair, knife rack in poor repair, unapproved food brushes, utensils in poor repair, inside ice machine unclean, large containers unclean, gaskets on freezer in poor repair, uncleanable surface, floor in freezer unclean and grout in floor in poor repair, walls around outside area of walk-in coolers in poor repair.

Grayson County Senior Center: Food score 97 – Violations: Single service items not properly stored, inside microwave unclean, inside ice machine unclean, can opener holder unclean.

Wendy’s: Food score 94 – Violations: Single service items not properly stored, spray nozzle unclean, top of machine unclean, knife handles on cooler/freezer unclean, gaskets unclean and in poor repair on freezer, ice cream machine unclean, nozzles on drink machine unclean, fan grilles unclean, heavy ice build-up in freezer, top of drink machine and ice spout in lobby unclean, no hot water in men or women’s restroom, back door in poor repair, floors in freezer unclean.

Wendy’s (follow-up inspection): Food score 96 – Violations: Single service items not properly stored, spray nozzle unclean, top of machine unclean, knife handles on cooler/freezer unclean, gaskets unclean and in poor repair on freezer, ice cream machine unclean, nozzles on drink machine unclean, fan grilles unclean, heavy ice build-up in freezer, top of drink machine and ice spout in lobby unclean, back door in poor repair, floors in freezer unclean.

Huddle House: Food score 84 – Violations: Hand towels not properly dispensed at counter sink, no hand washing sign, food product not properly stored in walk-in freezer, sanitizer buckets too strong (corrected), wash and sanitizer units on wall in poor repair-not maintained, dish machine not working properly (wash and rinse incorrect temperatures), wood surface around counter by sinks unsanitary (uncleanable), food product not properly refrigerated (corrected), clean equipment stored with unclean equipment or in unclean containers, single service item improperly stored, knife rack rusted in back, cutting boards in poor repair, broken lids, containers throughout, can opener unclean, shelves rusted in walk-in and other coolers, fan grilles unclean in units, gaskets torn on cold units, inside microwave unclean, top of equipment unclean, hand washing sink in front area not working properly, seal on door in poor repair. Follow-up score-87.

Huddle House (follow-up inspection): Food score 89 – Food violations: Hand towels not properly dispensed at counter sink, no handwashing sign, food product not properly stored in walk-in freezer, wash and sanitizer unit on wall in poor repair not maintained, clean equipment stored with unclean equipment or in unclean containers, single service items improperly stored, knife rack rusted in back area, cutting boards in poor repair, broken lids/containers throughout, can opener unclean, shelves rusted in walk-in and other coolers, fan grilles unclean on units, gaskets torn on cold units, inside microwave unclean, top of equipment unclean, seal on door in poor repair.

Huddle House (second follow-up inspection): Food score 92 – Violations: Hand towels not properly dispensed at counter sink, food product not properly stored in walk-in freezer, clean equipment stored with unclean equipment or in unclean containers, single service items improperly stored, knife rack rusted in back area, cutting boards in poor repair, broken lids/containers throughout, can opener unclean, shelves rusted in walk-in and other coolers, fan grilles unclean on units, gaskets turn on cold units, microwave unclean, top of equipment unclean, seal on door in poor repair.

Farmer’s Feedmill: Food score 90 — Violations: Sanitizer bucket to strong and sanitizer in spray bottles not properly maintained (corrected), out of date food products (corrected), utensils and equipment not properly stored in drawers and containers, top of drink units unclean, gaskets on cooler doors in poor repair, cutting boards in poor repair, condensation leaking in bottom of cooler, fan grilles unclean or missing in walk-in coolers can opener unclean, containers in poor repair and scoop in poor repair, shelves rusted inside cooler, food product not using proper cooling methods, wiping cloths not properly maintained. Follow-up score 95.

Clearview Giving Hands: Food score 99 – Violation: Door on restrooms not properly self-closing.

Tar Hill Quick Sack: Food score 99; Retail score 98 – Food violation: Ceiling vents unclean. Retail violation: Improperly thawing food products, single service items improperly stored on floor.

Walmart: Food score 93; Retail score 91 – Food violations: Food:  Sanitizer spray bottles too weak (corrected), sanitizer dispensers in deli/bakery too weak and too strong, dishwasher not working properly, lids in poor repair, knives and knife rack unclean, fan grilles unclean on units in freezer/cooler, fans in poor repair in meat freezer, cooler, dairy cooler door in poor repair, fan grilles unclean throughout, three compartment sink leaking in produce area, urinal in men’s restroom not working properly, both changing tables in poor repair in women’s restroom. Retail violations: Dented cans in retail area (corrected), bunker freezer product not maintaining product temperature (corrected), out-of-date food product and out-of-date medication (corrected), dairy cooler shelves unclean, tracks on small coolers unclean. Follow-up score 98.

Walmart (follow-up inspection): Food score 96; Retail score 98 – Food violations: Lids in poor repair, knives & knife rack unclean, fan grilles unclean on units in freezer/cooler, fans grilles unclean on units in freezer/cooler, fans in poor repair in meat freezer/cooler, dairy cooler door in poor repair, three compartment sink leaking in produce area, urinal in men’s restroom not working properly & both changing tables in poor repair in women’s restroom. Retail violations: Dairy cooler shelves unclean, tracks on small coolers unclean.

Yamato Japanese Steakhouse: Food score 83 – Violations: Dented cans in back area (corrected immediately) food not properly protected/stored, sanitizer buckets too weak/too strong (corrected), ice machine very unclean, records not properly maintained for sushi rice, food product not properly date marked/time (corrected), food product not properly thawing, containers with no handles stored in food product, single service items not properly stored, faucet at mop sink has tape wrapped around it, cutting boards in poor repair, knives in poor repair, inside microwave unclean shelves rusted in walk-in cooler, cardboard used to line shelves, fan grills unclean, sushi rice machine unclean, ceiling tiles in poor repair in back area. Follow-up score 87.

Ja Ja’s Cupcake Bakery & Catering: Food score 100.

Redneck Ranch Restaurant: Food score 74 – Food violations: Improperly using hand sinks in prep areas (corrected), dented cans and labels missing (corrected), food product not properly protected from public-buffet line, salad bar, sanitizer too strong in bucket and three compartment sink (corrected), cold unit not maintaining temps, food product out of temp (corrected), food product on salad bar not maintained proper temp (corrected), no consumer advisory posted in establishment (corrected), food containers throughout not properly labeled, wiping cloths not properly stored, equipment/utensils throughout improperly stored, bare wood siding and on stands throughout, counter top around hand sink in poor repair, ice spout unclean, food cooler unclean in front area tracks or sliding glass doors unclean, dessert counter in back unclean, ice bin in poor repair, inside ice machine unclean, refrigerator and inside freezers unclean, oven mitts in poor repair, fan unclean, slicer unclean, can opener holder unclean, back storage area freezers unclean, breakfast area in back unclean, no hot water in women’s restroom, restroom in breakfast area, no self-closing, door, no towel dispenser and toilet seat in poor repair, restroom in back area has no self-closing door and no towel toilet paper dispensers, walls in some parts of establishment in poor report and siding missing, floors underneath equipment unclean, evidence of rodents in back area.  Follow-up score 87.

The rating score of the establishment is determined by subtracting weighted point values of noted violations from 100, according to officials. Unannounced inspections observe the overall operation, including food source and protection; personnel; food equipment and utensils; maintenance of water and sewage systems; garbage and refuse disposal; insect, rodent and animal control; and storage of toxic items, among others.

Critical violations, four and five points in weight, are items, which if uncorrected, carry the potential to be an imminent threat to the public’s health. These items must be corrected in a time designated by the health department not to exceed 10 days.

By Ken Howlett, News Director

Contact Ken at ken@k105.com