Lackawanna County Restaurant inspections: Feb. 29 – March 7


The following are recent Lackawanna 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 are as listed on the state’s website, and may not correspond to the municipalities in the which facilities are physically located.

Marisco’s Restaurant, 261 N. Main St., Taylor, Feb. 29. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Hood filters have an accumulation of grease. No sign or poster posted at the hand-wash sinks in the restroom areas to remind food employees to wash their hands. Signs were posted during this inspection. The area between the pizza oven and the wall has an accumulation of dust. The legs of the prep tables have an accumulation of grease. The food facility does not have the original certificate for the certified food employee posted in public view.

The Eatery by Jessica, 801 Hill St., Jessup, March 1. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Food employee observed in ware-wash area, wearing bracelet and watch on arms. Mold-like accumulation observed on the edge of ice maker separator panel. Person in charge emptied and cleaned ice machine bin at the time of inspection. Fan guard had an accumulation of dust surfaces. Fan guard cleaned during inspection.

Cousin’s Convenient Mart, 10 Hill St., Jessup, March 1. Complaint inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed two old rodent dropping under slush machine counter area. Observed insecticides or rodentcides under slush counter areas, not labeled by the manufacturer as approved for use in a food facility. Person in charge disposed the unidentified product.

CVS Pharmacy #1188, 101 S. Main St., Old Forge, March 1. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Raw eggs stored above ready to eats foods (ice tea) in reach-in refrigerator.

Kabuki Japanese House of Steaks and Sushi, 1574 Main St., Peckville, March 1. Complaint inspection; in compliance.

Rite Aid #1021, 401-403 S. Main St., Old Forge, March 1. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Observed accumulation of dried dairy residuals on floor surface beneath the storage racks in walk-in cooler and in need of cleaning.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries #51, 735 Scranton Carbondale Hwy., Dickson City, March 2. Opening inspection; in compliance.

Honey Baked Ham Company, 709 Scranton Carbondale Hwy., Dickson City, March 2. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available or readily accessible in front counter bain marie.

Nickie’s Fabulous Hoagies, 611 State St., Clarks Summit, March 2. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Plastic souffle cups observed in bulk spice containers. The cups were removed during this inspection.

Ruby Tuesday #3600, 2 E. Ravine St., Dickson City, March 2. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed buildup of dirt and static dust of hood filters above convection oven in kitchen area. Observed buildup of black dust on ceiling vents above service area and in need of cleaning. Plumbing system not maintained in good repair – observed drain disconnected and leaking at the hand-wash sink in the ware-wash area. Kitchen exit door of the food facility has an approximate 8” gap along the bottom of the door and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals. Oats storage containers, in the kitchen area,not labeled with the common name of the food. Observed top of heat lamps, in serving area, with an accumulation of dust and dirt,on non-food contact surfaces. Buildup of dust and debris on floor surface behind ice machine bin and walk in freezer area and in need of cleaning.

Sunoco A Plus, 800 Northern Blvd., South Abington Township, March 2. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Burger King #1892, 205 S. Main St., Old Forge, March 3. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Squeeze bottle filled with water had no label to identify contents. Observed plastic ice coffee pitcher being used in daily food prep activities, which are scored and discolored and not durable under this usage condition. Tape repair observed on mini freezer slide door handle. Duct tape is not an easily cleaned surface. Non-food contact surfaces not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of old food residue. Observed dust buildup on ceiling vents above service area. Old floor debris, on floor surface beneath the storage racks in back storage area and in need of cleaning.

Mischello’s Old Forge Diner, 202 S. Main St., Old Forge, March 3. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed bacon being cooled in refrigerator in containers with tight fitting plastic wrap, which is not a proper cooling method. Reviewed proper cooling methods with Person in charge. The chlorine concentration in the sanitizing solution in wiping cloth container was 0 ppm, rather than 50-100 ppm as required.

Jay’s Smoke & Convenience, 104 Willow Ave., Olyphant, March 4. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Nono’s Homemade Pasta, 222 Gravity Ave., Olyphant, March 4. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Paper towel dispenser empty at the hand-wash sink in the kitchen area. Paper towels were placed at the sink during this inspection.

Waffle House, 933 S. State St., Clarks Summit, March 7. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: Observed a gallon container of 2% milk (half full) with a sell by date of 2/29/16 in the reach-in refrigerator. The milk was marked for return credit during this inspection. Mechanical ware-washing equipment had a slime buildup observed inside. Observed grease accumulation underneath the grill equipment.

Waverly Elementary School, 103 Waverly Rd., Waverly, March 7. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Chef’s Choice, 4014 Pondview Dr., South Abington Township, March 7. Regular inspection; in compliance.

Domenick’s Pizza, 618 Washington, Ave., Jermyn, March 7. Follow up inspection; in compliance. Violation: Broken floor tile observed in front of Hussmann Glass door freezer.

Family Dollar Store #3780, 301 Lackawanna Ave., Olyphant, March 7. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: No sign or poster posted at the hand-wash sink in the rest room area to remind food employees to wash their hands. A sign was posted during this inspection.

Fiorillo’s Pizza, 100 Old Lackawanna Trail, Clarks Summit, March 7. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violations: The French fry cutter, a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The cutter was used last evening, employees shall clean equipment after use. The cutter was cleaned during this inspection. Observed a 40-pound case of chicken breast observed thawing at room temperature on the counter, which is not an approved thawing method. The person in charge stated that the case of chicken was on the counter when he arrived at 10:40 this morning. Thermometer was calibrated at facility in the presence of the person in charge. Chicken breast tenders were noted at 49-53 degrees F at this time. The chicken was denatured and voluntarily disposed during this inspection. Plumbing system not maintained in good repair, observed leaking at the waste water line of the hand-wash sink in the kitchen. The food facility does not have the original certificate for the certified food employee posted in public view. Card board being used as a floor covering in the walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer. Observed holes in the back wall near the floor mixer and back door exposing insulation.

Formally Lawgey’s ,1101 Spring St., Old Forge, March 7. Regular inspection; in compliance. Violation: Food employee personal belongings observed on the prep table in the kitchen area.

Lyric’s, 76 S. Main St., Carbondale, March 7. Regular inspection; out of compliance. Violations: Food facility does not have available sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine appropriate quatenary and chlorine sanitizer concentration. Chlorine chemical sanitizer residual can be detected in the final sanitizer rinse cycle of the low temperature sanitizing dishwasher due to the equipment not being functional/in use. Mechanical ware-washing equipment not functional at time of this inspection. The food facility is not using an approved detergent-sanitizer in both compartments of the two-compartment ware-wash sink used for washing equipment and utensils in the kitchen area. Baine marie wooden top cutting board, a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. Women’s toilet room is not provided with a covered waste receptacle for sanitary napkins. 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 refrigerated , is not being date marked. Manual ware-washing sink equipment bar area has been repaired to stop leaks with a material not approved for repairs . The surface is not smooth and easy cleanable. Women’s toilet room does not have a self-closing door. Beverage syrup spillage observed on the basement concrete floor surface in need of cleaning

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