Lackawanna County restaurant inspections: Jan. 11 – 15


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

Clause Distributors, 96 Brooklyn St., Carbondale, Jan. 11. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Cloe & Company, 410 S. State St., Clarks Summit, Jan. 11. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Food facility offering foods such as home canned tomatoes, beets, applesauce, chutney and cranberry conserves that were not approved by PDA prior to sale. All items were pulled from sale. Past Inspection(s)

Colarusso’s Cafe, 100 E. Grove St., Clarks Summit, Jan. 11. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: 5 Temperature measuring devices for ensuring proper temperatures of equipment are not available or readily accessible in the pizza prep and hot prep refrigerators. Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration. Chlorine chemical sanitizer residual detected in the final sanitizer rinse cycle of the low temperature sanitizing ware washer at the bar was 0 ppm, and not 50-100 ppm as required. Facility will use ware washer in kitchen until glass washer can be serviced. No sign or poster posted at the hand wash sink in the kitchen area to remind food employees to wash their hands. A sign was posted during this inspection. Floor in walk-in cooler and underneath pizza ovens has an accumulation of dust/old food debris. Floor tiles missing in front of glass washer in bar area. Past Inspection(s)

Coney Island Lunch, 515 Lackawanna Ave. Scranton, Jan. 12. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Scoops, 97 W. School St., Olyphant, Jan. 12. Regular inspection; in compliance.

China Palace Restaurant, 1013 Commerce Blvd., Dickson City, Jan. 13. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed cardboard boxes of food stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer area, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate sanitizer concentration. Old food residue observed in the hand wash sink, indicating uses other than hand washing. Past Inspection(s)

Dawn’s Ruby Room, 303 Chestnut St., Peckville, Jan. 13. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Spray bottle with sanitizer contents was not marked with the common name of the solution. Liquid food ingredient storage containers, in the kitchen area, is not labeled with the common name of the liquid. Fly tape observed hanging above tables in food prep area. Past Inspection(s)

Main Street Bagel, 235 Main St., Suite 123, Dickson City, Jan. 13. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food facility has an employee who held a Certified Food Manager certificate; however, the certificate has expired and is no longer valid. The owner stated that an employee had just taken the class. A copy of certificate will be e-mailed to this inspector. Food employees observed in food prep area area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats. The hand wash sink in the prep area was blocked by a plant and not accessible at all times for employee use. The plant was moved during this inspection. No sign or poster posted at the hand wash sinks in the men’s and women’s rest room areas to remind food employees to wash their hands. Signs were posted during this inspection. Past Inspection(s)

Marie’s Diner, 2 Lonesome Rd., Old Forge, Jan. 13. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Dry food ingredient storage containers, in the prep and storage area, is not labeled with the common name of the food. Meat slicer, a food contact surface, was observed to have old food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. Food facility does not provide lockers or storage for food employee personal items and possessions.

New Century Chinese Restaurant, 1000 S. State St., Clarks Summit, Jan. 13. Follow up inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food facility does not have available temperature monitoring strips or a high temperature waterproof thermometer to monitor final rinse cycle of ware wash machine. One of three chest freezer lids in the rear storeroom is being held together with an unapproved material-duct tape. Lid is not fitting tightly on freezer. There are several broken and missing floor tiles throughout the food prep are not providing for a smooth easily cleanable surface.

Scott Tavern, 86 Hill Lane, Scott Twp., Jan. 13. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: The deflector plate of the ice machine, a food contact surface, was observed to have a yellow slime and was not clean to sight and touch. The deflector plate was cleaned during this inspection. No sign or poster posted at the hand wash sink in the bar and men’s restroom area to remind food employees to wash their hands. Signs were posted during this inspection. Past Inspection(s)

Subway of Taylor, 135 N Main St., Taylor, Jan. 13. Regular inspection; in compliance.

SV Mini Mart, 4685 Birney Ave., Moosic, Jan. 13. Opening inspection; in compliance. Violations: The food facility does not have a hand wash sink located in the food prep / ware washing area. Lights are not shielded or shatter proof over the walk-in cooler area

Nicky’s Pizza & Hoagies, 2 Lonesome Road, Old Forge, Jan. 14. Opening inspection, in compliance. Violations: Working containers in storage area, used for storing cleaners solution taken from bulk supplies, were not marked with the common name of the solution. Food facility does not have a Health Awareness Reporting Procedure for food employees. Lights are not shielded or shatter proof over the ware wash area and freezer.

Sushi by Jay at Weis 171. 97 Brooklyn St., Carbondale, Jan. 14. Opening inspection; in compliance.

Gertrude Hawk Candies, Route 6, Scranton Carbondale Highway, Eynon, Jan 14. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: The food facility does not have the original certificate for the certified food employee posted in public view Past Inspection(s)

Gertrude Hawk Chocolate Shops, 909 Keystone Industrial Park, Throop, Jan. 14. Regular inspection; out of compliance. Violations: Food facility has an employee who held a Certified Food Manager certificate; however, the certificate has expired 10/30/14 and is no longer valid. The hand wash sink located in the employee rest room area does not have water at a temperature of at least 100°F. Water was noted at 68 degrees F during this inspection. Hand sanitizer available. Food facility does not provide lockers or storage for food employee personal clothing and possessions. Belongings and foods for personal use are stored in the back kitchen/web sales area of facility.

Kilcoyne’s Tavern, 129 S Main Ave., Scranton, Jan. 14. Regular inspection; in compliance.

M-6 Deli, 802 E. Lackawanna Ave., Olyphant, Jan. 14. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food employees observed in prep area, wearing bracelet / watch on hands. Employees removed watch/bracelets during this inspection. Unisex toilet room is not provided with a covered waste receptacle for sanitary napkins. Past Inspection(s)

Mert’s, 302 Penn Ave., Scranton, Jan. 14. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Mid Valley Senior Center, 310 Church St., Jessup, Jan. 14. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Plumbing system not maintained in good repair – observed water leaking under hand wash sink.

Big Chief Market, 616 Poplar St., Mayfield, Jan. 14. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Working containers of glass cleaner were stored on the same shelf with equipment, and/or single service articles in the deli area. The containers were moved during this inspection. Pre-packaged food is not labeled properly with an ingredient statement and allergen declaration. The deli slicers, food contact surfaces, were observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The slicers were cleaned during this inspection. Past Inspection(s)

Burger King #1359, Route 6, Scranton Carbondale Highway, Eynon, Jan. 14. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: The chlorine concentration in the sanitizing solution of the sanitizer bucket was 0 ppm, rather than 50-100 ppm as required. Non-food contact surfaces not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of grease and old food residue. Past Inspection(s)

Danny Bacwal’s 1001 Stafford Ave., Scranton, Jan. 14. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Elio G’s, 843 S Main St., Old Forge, Jan. 14. Opening inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food facility operator failed to post an original, valid Food Employee Certification in a location conspicuous to the consumer.Can opener had old dried food residue on the blade. Toilet room is not provided with a covered waste receptacle for sanitary napkins.

Big House Tobacco, 200 Green Ridge St., Scranton, Jan. 15. Regular inspection; in compliance.

DonBaldo’s By Iris, 978 Main St., Peckville, Jan. 15. Follow inspection; in compliance.

Suzie’s Pub and Eatery, Inc., 3305 Birney Ave., Moosic. Jan. 15. Follow up inspection; in compliance.

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