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Baltimore Restaurant Loses More Than 30 Employees After ICE Visit

Baltimore Restaurant Loses More Than 30 Employees After ICE Visit


More than 90 staffers left had to keep pace with the regular weekend demand

The staffers left before a 400-person event planned that weekend.

More than 30 employees of The BoatHouse Canton did not show up to work over the weekend after Immigration and Customs Enforcement began a review of the restaurant's immigration records, the restaurant's co-owner said.

The southeast Baltimore restaurant received a request from ICE to review its I-9 forms on Thursday, said Gene Singleton, who co-owns the BoatHouse. By Friday, many dishwashers, line cooks, food runners, barbacks and other back of the house staff told managers they were "very, very fearful" about coming back, he said.

"We encouraged people to stay but we understood if they felt uncomfortable," Singleton said. "They were fearful of just not knowing what was going to happen and being separated from their families. They said they were going to have to go home and take care of their families."

ICE spokesman Matthew Bourke said the agency doesn't "confirm the existence of any ongoing investigation."


Luzerne restaurant inspections Jan. 24 – Feb. 6: mold-like slime, grease buildup

The following are recent Luzerne 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.

Auntie Anne’s #155, 730 Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre, Jan. 24. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: Observed a buildup of syrup residue on the surface around the nozzles on the beverage machine at both locations.

Colarusso’s Cafe, 725 Main St., Avoca, Jan. 24. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Countryside Quik Mart Inc. & Ta-Da Ice Cream Parlor, 48 Harvysville Road, Hunlock Creek, Jan. 24. Complaint inspection in compliance.

Gerrity’s Supermarket #490, 552 Union St., Luzerne, Jan. 24. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Several deli meats and cheeses, a refrigerated, ready-to-eat time temperature control for safety food in the deli case, was date-marked by the facility, but was beyond the 7-day use or sell by date and requires discarding. These items were destroyed by the facility during this inspection. Loose rubber door gaskets observed on the walk-in freezer in the rear right corner of the store that contains ice cream. There is a small amount of ice forming at the base of the door that does not allow the door to close tightly or latch. there is a moderate amount of ice starting to build up on the ceiling near the refrigeration unit. Maintenance is looking into this during this inspection. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. This cutting board is located on the bain marie in the Deli department. No sign or poster posted at the hand wash sinks in the employee restrooms off of the employee break room to remind food employees to wash their hands. Signs were posted during this inspection.

Hissho Sushi, 552 Union St., Luzerne, Jan. 24. Regular inspection in compliance.

Amelia’s Diner, 145 N. Memorial Highway, Shavertown, Jan. 25. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed a buildup of a white mineral deposit like residue on the edge of the chute of the ice machine dispenser. Corrected on site. Floor tiles in the Kitchen are broken, pieces missing or with gaps/broken edges between tiles. The floor is no longer smooth and easily cleanable.

Kingston Active Adult Center, 335 3rd Ave. Kingston, Jan. 25. Regular inspection in compliance.

Morgan Hills Golf Course, 219 Hunlock Harveyville Road, Hunlock Creek, Jan. 25. 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 FEC posted expired 2/16/2016. The owner stated that she and a cook have taken the course and passed but did not print out the certificates and post them. The owner will print out the certificates and scan and email or take a picture and text to this inspector. The owner may also fax or mail copies to the Region 3 Field Office within 10 days. Food facility has an original certificate posted, but the location is not conspicuous for public viewing.

Tiffany Court, 700 Northampton St., Kingston, Jan. 25, Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Facility does not have available test strips or Max temp thermometer to test water temperature of the High Temp Mechanical dish machine. The drip edge of the ice deflector plate inside of the ice machine, a food contact surface, was observed to have a small amount of mold-like slime forming and was not clean to sight and touch. The ice machine was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection

American Legion #477, 203 Vine St., Pittston, Jan. 26. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Bari Pizza & Subs, 26 Laurel St., Pittston, Jan. 26. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Big Lots #1177, 560 Union St., Luzerne, Jan. 26. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: No sign or poster posted at the hand-wash sink in the men’s restroom area to remind food employees to wash their hands. A sign was placed during this inspection

Murphy’s, 347 Slocum St., Swoyersville, Jan. 26. Follow-up inspection in compliance. Violations: Food facility has an employee who held a Certified Food Manager certificate however, the certificate has expired on 8/8/16. The owner stated that he is registered to take the course in February. Facility has 90 days to get an employee certified and will email this inspector or fax/mail a copy of the certificate to the Region 3 field office when received. Several floor tiles cracked and/or missing in kitchen. Areas without tile have exposed wooden surfaces which are not smooth and easily cleanable. Owners stated that he has purchased tile to replace the broken missing tiles in the kitchen.

Polish Falcons of America. Nest 163, 134 Main St., Mocanaqua, Jan. 26. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: The ware-wash sink has a hose attachment that is hanging below the flood rim of the sink and not an appropriate air gap.

Red Rooster, 2407 Route 118, Hunlock Creek, Jan. 26. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Common cup (stainless steel) bowl without handle is being used for dispensing flour stored inside of the bulk flour bin. The bowl was replaced with a handled scoop during this inspection. Observed containerized food stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler, walk-in freezer, and dry storage areas, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. The food items were elevated during this inspection. Several ceiling tiles that are sagging/out of the tracking above the cook line and refrigeration units in the kitchen. Owner stated she is planning on replacing the whole ceiling. Hood filters above cook line have a buildup of grease and in need of cleaning. Owner had cleaning scheduled for next week prior to this inspection.

Bear Creek Cafe, 98 White Haven Road, Bear Creek, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed containers of various liquids in the kitchen area not labeled with the common name. Containers were labeled. Observed webbing on the storage shelves in the basement.

Deer Oak Lounge, 1869 Route 239, Stillwater, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance.

Fox Hill Country Club, Tunkhannock Ave., West Pittston. Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Food facility using rodent bait placed in bait station which was not covered and tamper resistant. Bait was discarded. Observed a buildup of pink residues in the vent on the dish machine. Door located in the basement of the food facility has a gap and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.

Irem Clubhouse, 64 Ridgeway Drive, Suite 2, Dallas, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: All inside surfaces of the microwave oven, a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The microwave was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. Observed an accumulation of grease and dried food splatter on the bottom outside surface of the gear housing on the floor stand mixer. The mixer was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection.

Northmoreland Fire Co., 1618 Demunds Road, Dallas, Jan. 27. Opening inspection in compliance.

Oscar’s Bar & Lounge, 285-287 S. River St., Plains Township, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed slime and mold in bottles of drink mixes and containers of ingredients in the bar area and refrigerator. Items were discarded. Small flies observed in 25 bottles of liquor. Bottles were discarded. Mechanical glass washer had a mold-like buildup observed inside. Observed 25+ rodent like droppings under bar and in kitchen area.

Pen-Mart/Jay’s Famous, 3970 Memorial Highway, Dallas, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance.

Edible Arrangements #1255, 336 East End Center, Wilkes Barre, Jan. 30. Opening inspection in compliance. Violation: Toilet rooms do not have a self-closing door.

Meliza Supermarket, 600 Alter St., Hazleton, Jan. 30. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Pittston Diner, 335 Laurel St., Pittston, Jan. 31. Follow-up inspection in compliance. Violation: Mechanical ware-washing equipment had a mineral buildup observed inside.

Primo Hoagies, 33 B. West Side Mall, Kingston, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed containerized foods stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Food items were elevated off floor during this inspection. The exit door located between the office and restrooms has a gap with visible light at the floor/door junction,and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.

S&M Mart LLC, 419 E. Broad St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: Ceiling and evaporator in walk-in cooler have buildup of static dust.

Save-A-Lot, 536 W. Broad St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Complaint Inspection in compliance.

Vito’s Bistro, 434 N. Main St., Pittston, Jan. 31. Regular inspection out of compliance. Violations: Commercially processed refrigerated, ready-to-eat, time/temperature control for safety food, located in the walk in cooler, 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 walk-in cooler, is not being date marked. The person in charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection. Food employees observed in prep area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets or hats. A food employee was observed touching deli meat, a ready-to-eat food – with bare hands. Foods were removed from use. Observed multiple in-use food ingredient containers not labeled with the name of the contents. Observed containers of food stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Observed flaking rust on the wire shelves in the walk-in cooler. Faucet on 3-compartment sink is short and does not reach all compartments. Person in charge is using a container to fill sinks until longer faucet can be installed. Observed a buildup of food residue on the shelves in the walk-in cooler. Observed a buildup of dust and grease on the hoods above the cooking area. Equipment food contact surfaces and utensils are not being immersed for a minimum of 10 seconds in the chlorine sanitizing compartment of the manual ware-washing sink. Discussed proper sanitizing procedure and provided handout.

Wyoming Mart, 901 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance.

Battered Mug, 178 S. Pine St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Jan. 31. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

C&P Convenient Mart, 118 E. Chestnut St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Food employees observed in deli area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard covers. Store made sandwiches held 8 hours are not labeled, no ingredient information at point of sale. Three-compartment sink has buildup of grime in basins. Cleaned during inspection.

Carriage Stop Plaza, 2500 E. End Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, Jan. 31. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Crystal Barbecue, 44 E. Broad St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Change of owner inspection in compliance.

Gertrude Hawk Chocolates, 125 Laurel Mall, Hazle Township, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance.

J&J Fish & Meat Market, 117 N. Wyoming St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Lights are not shielded or shatter proof above fresh fish display and above prep sink in rear room. Fan guard in walk-in cooler has buildup of static dust.

Lombardo’s Market Inc., 39 Pittston Ave., Yatesville, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed in-use knives stored between table edges or between tables, an area not easily cleanable & sanitized. Knives were removed and placed in sink to be cleaned and sanitized. Time in lieu of temperature being used in the food facility to controlready-to-eat potentially hazardous foods without written procedures or documentation to verify disposition of food. Discussed documentation with Person in charge who stated that proper procedures will be implemented. Grab and go prepackaged sandwiches not labeled properly with the full ingredient statement. Observed a buildup of dust on the fan guard in the walk in cooler. Floor in the employee restroom is deteriorating and needs to be repaired.

Old Beijing Chinese Restaurant, 752 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Scoops stored in two of four bulk ingredient containers with the handles in direct contact with the ingredients. This was corrected during this inspection. Observed containerized food stored directly on the floor in walk-in freezer, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. The containers of food were elevated off of the floor during this inspection. Shrimp, beef and chicken were held at 46 to 48 degrees F, in the bain marie, rather than 41 degrees F or below as required. After calibrating dial stem thermometer in ice water (which was 32 dgrees F and confirmed by person in charge), the food temperatures was temperatures remained between 46 and 48 degrees F. It was determined that the food items were taken from the walk-in cooler and placed into the bain marie approx. 2 hours earlier. The thermostat was turned down on the bain marie during this inspection. After 25 minutes the repeat temperatures were 38 to 39 degrees F. Bain marie not maintaining food at a temperature of 41 degrees F or below. The thermostat was adjusted and now holding a temperature of 38 degrees F Observed a buildup static dust on the fan guard inside of the Snapple refrigeration unit. Mops are not being hung to air dry.

Ollie’s, 84 S. Wyoming Ave., Edwardsville, Jan. 31. Complaint inspection in compliance.

Legacy Baking Co., 20 Luzerne, West Pittston, Feb. 1. Opening inspection in compliance. Violations: Bulk ingredient storage containers not labeled with the common name of the food. Person in charge labeled containers. Restroom is not provided with a covered waste receptacle for sanitary napkins. Rest room does not have a self-closing door.

Mcilwees Lunch, 141 W. Market St., Scranton, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance.

Morgan’s Butcher Shop, 106 Butler St., Pittston, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Commercially processed refrigerated, ready-to-eat, time/temperature control for safety food, located in the deli case, and held more than 24 hours, is not being marked with the date it was opened. Provided information. Grab and go products (salads, meats) not properly labeled with the name of the product and ingredient statement. Observed peeling coating on the shelves in the walk-in cooler. The surface of the walls inside the walk-in cooler are flaking and rusted. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Flooring in areas of the facility is not smooth and easily cleanable. Lights are not shielded or shatter proof over the case refrigeration unit. Rest room does not have a self-closing door.

Pazzo Restaurant, 2011 Route 315, Pittston, Feb 1. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Rich and Charlotte’s, 2205 Lakeside Drive, Harveys Lake, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Food facility had an original certificate posted, but it is lost and was not posted in public view. Owner took course in 2015 but the posted certificate is now missing and he is unsure what happened to it as he had it hanging on wall. Owner to Print or contact ServeSafe and obtain another certificate to hang in public view. He lost his wallet last week and so he does not have the wallet size card that he had during inspection last year to post in interim. Not all in-use refrigeration units have thermometers to ensure proper temperatures are maintained. Observed a buildup of grease on the stainless steel wall covering behind the fryer and is in need of cleaning. The hand-wash sink in the prep area was blocked by a tub of Christmas decorations and not accessible at all times for employee use. The Christmas decorations were moved during this inspection.

Wilkes-Barre Area Career & Technical Center, 350 Jumper Road, Wilkes-Barre, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed a buildup of ice on cases of food in the walk-in freezer. Food employee observed towel drying food equipment after cleaning.

Chini El Viejo MFF4, 700 W. Broad St., Hazleton, Feb. 3. Opening inspection in compliance.

Dunkin’ Donuts, 2999 Bear Creek Blvd., Wilkes Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed wet wiping cloths in prep area, not being stored in sanitizer solution. Cloths were placed in sanitizer solution. Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available or readily accessible in bain marie equipment. Observed peeling paint on the metal ice scoop holders. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required.

Philadelphia Subs N Pizza, 555 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance.

Sonic-Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance.

Taco Bell #28968, 1037 Wilkes-Barre Township Blvd., Wilkes Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations Observed a buildup of soda syrup residue on the surfaces behind the nozzles on the beverage machine. Observed a buildup of dust on the ceiling vents in the prep area.

Dunkin’ Donuts, 28 N Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, Feb. 6. Regular inspection out of compliance. Violations: Liquid filled spray bottle stored on shelf above prep table is not labeled for content. The food facility operator shall be the person in charge or shall designate a person in charge and shall ensure that a person in charge is present at the food facility during all hours of operation. Employee states no one is in charge at this time. Food employee observed eating or chewing gum in food prep area. Food employees observed in food prep area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard covers. Food employee observed exiting facility to make a curb side delivery while wearing food service gloves, then re-entering facility and resuming food prep , no glove change. Thermometers for ensuring proper temperatures of food are not available or readily accessible.

New York Fried Chicken, 2 E. Diamond Ave., Hazleton, Feb. 6. Follow-up inspection in compliance.


Luzerne restaurant inspections Jan. 24 – Feb. 6: mold-like slime, grease buildup

The following are recent Luzerne 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.

Auntie Anne’s #155, 730 Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre, Jan. 24. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: Observed a buildup of syrup residue on the surface around the nozzles on the beverage machine at both locations.

Colarusso’s Cafe, 725 Main St., Avoca, Jan. 24. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Countryside Quik Mart Inc. & Ta-Da Ice Cream Parlor, 48 Harvysville Road, Hunlock Creek, Jan. 24. Complaint inspection in compliance.

Gerrity’s Supermarket #490, 552 Union St., Luzerne, Jan. 24. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Several deli meats and cheeses, a refrigerated, ready-to-eat time temperature control for safety food in the deli case, was date-marked by the facility, but was beyond the 7-day use or sell by date and requires discarding. These items were destroyed by the facility during this inspection. Loose rubber door gaskets observed on the walk-in freezer in the rear right corner of the store that contains ice cream. There is a small amount of ice forming at the base of the door that does not allow the door to close tightly or latch. there is a moderate amount of ice starting to build up on the ceiling near the refrigeration unit. Maintenance is looking into this during this inspection. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. This cutting board is located on the bain marie in the Deli department. No sign or poster posted at the hand wash sinks in the employee restrooms off of the employee break room to remind food employees to wash their hands. Signs were posted during this inspection.

Hissho Sushi, 552 Union St., Luzerne, Jan. 24. Regular inspection in compliance.

Amelia’s Diner, 145 N. Memorial Highway, Shavertown, Jan. 25. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed a buildup of a white mineral deposit like residue on the edge of the chute of the ice machine dispenser. Corrected on site. Floor tiles in the Kitchen are broken, pieces missing or with gaps/broken edges between tiles. The floor is no longer smooth and easily cleanable.

Kingston Active Adult Center, 335 3rd Ave. Kingston, Jan. 25. Regular inspection in compliance.

Morgan Hills Golf Course, 219 Hunlock Harveyville Road, Hunlock Creek, Jan. 25. 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 FEC posted expired 2/16/2016. The owner stated that she and a cook have taken the course and passed but did not print out the certificates and post them. The owner will print out the certificates and scan and email or take a picture and text to this inspector. The owner may also fax or mail copies to the Region 3 Field Office within 10 days. Food facility has an original certificate posted, but the location is not conspicuous for public viewing.

Tiffany Court, 700 Northampton St., Kingston, Jan. 25, Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Facility does not have available test strips or Max temp thermometer to test water temperature of the High Temp Mechanical dish machine. The drip edge of the ice deflector plate inside of the ice machine, a food contact surface, was observed to have a small amount of mold-like slime forming and was not clean to sight and touch. The ice machine was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection

American Legion #477, 203 Vine St., Pittston, Jan. 26. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Bari Pizza & Subs, 26 Laurel St., Pittston, Jan. 26. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Big Lots #1177, 560 Union St., Luzerne, Jan. 26. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: No sign or poster posted at the hand-wash sink in the men’s restroom area to remind food employees to wash their hands. A sign was placed during this inspection

Murphy’s, 347 Slocum St., Swoyersville, Jan. 26. Follow-up inspection in compliance. Violations: Food facility has an employee who held a Certified Food Manager certificate however, the certificate has expired on 8/8/16. The owner stated that he is registered to take the course in February. Facility has 90 days to get an employee certified and will email this inspector or fax/mail a copy of the certificate to the Region 3 field office when received. Several floor tiles cracked and/or missing in kitchen. Areas without tile have exposed wooden surfaces which are not smooth and easily cleanable. Owners stated that he has purchased tile to replace the broken missing tiles in the kitchen.

Polish Falcons of America. Nest 163, 134 Main St., Mocanaqua, Jan. 26. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: The ware-wash sink has a hose attachment that is hanging below the flood rim of the sink and not an appropriate air gap.

Red Rooster, 2407 Route 118, Hunlock Creek, Jan. 26. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Common cup (stainless steel) bowl without handle is being used for dispensing flour stored inside of the bulk flour bin. The bowl was replaced with a handled scoop during this inspection. Observed containerized food stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler, walk-in freezer, and dry storage areas, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. The food items were elevated during this inspection. Several ceiling tiles that are sagging/out of the tracking above the cook line and refrigeration units in the kitchen. Owner stated she is planning on replacing the whole ceiling. Hood filters above cook line have a buildup of grease and in need of cleaning. Owner had cleaning scheduled for next week prior to this inspection.

Bear Creek Cafe, 98 White Haven Road, Bear Creek, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed containers of various liquids in the kitchen area not labeled with the common name. Containers were labeled. Observed webbing on the storage shelves in the basement.

Deer Oak Lounge, 1869 Route 239, Stillwater, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance.

Fox Hill Country Club, Tunkhannock Ave., West Pittston. Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Food facility using rodent bait placed in bait station which was not covered and tamper resistant. Bait was discarded. Observed a buildup of pink residues in the vent on the dish machine. Door located in the basement of the food facility has a gap and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.

Irem Clubhouse, 64 Ridgeway Drive, Suite 2, Dallas, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: All inside surfaces of the microwave oven, a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The microwave was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. Observed an accumulation of grease and dried food splatter on the bottom outside surface of the gear housing on the floor stand mixer. The mixer was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection.

Northmoreland Fire Co., 1618 Demunds Road, Dallas, Jan. 27. Opening inspection in compliance.

Oscar’s Bar & Lounge, 285-287 S. River St., Plains Township, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed slime and mold in bottles of drink mixes and containers of ingredients in the bar area and refrigerator. Items were discarded. Small flies observed in 25 bottles of liquor. Bottles were discarded. Mechanical glass washer had a mold-like buildup observed inside. Observed 25+ rodent like droppings under bar and in kitchen area.

Pen-Mart/Jay’s Famous, 3970 Memorial Highway, Dallas, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance.

Edible Arrangements #1255, 336 East End Center, Wilkes Barre, Jan. 30. Opening inspection in compliance. Violation: Toilet rooms do not have a self-closing door.

Meliza Supermarket, 600 Alter St., Hazleton, Jan. 30. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Pittston Diner, 335 Laurel St., Pittston, Jan. 31. Follow-up inspection in compliance. Violation: Mechanical ware-washing equipment had a mineral buildup observed inside.

Primo Hoagies, 33 B. West Side Mall, Kingston, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed containerized foods stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Food items were elevated off floor during this inspection. The exit door located between the office and restrooms has a gap with visible light at the floor/door junction,and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.

S&M Mart LLC, 419 E. Broad St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: Ceiling and evaporator in walk-in cooler have buildup of static dust.

Save-A-Lot, 536 W. Broad St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Complaint Inspection in compliance.

Vito’s Bistro, 434 N. Main St., Pittston, Jan. 31. Regular inspection out of compliance. Violations: Commercially processed refrigerated, ready-to-eat, time/temperature control for safety food, located in the walk in cooler, 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 walk-in cooler, is not being date marked. The person in charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection. Food employees observed in prep area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets or hats. A food employee was observed touching deli meat, a ready-to-eat food – with bare hands. Foods were removed from use. Observed multiple in-use food ingredient containers not labeled with the name of the contents. Observed containers of food stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Observed flaking rust on the wire shelves in the walk-in cooler. Faucet on 3-compartment sink is short and does not reach all compartments. Person in charge is using a container to fill sinks until longer faucet can be installed. Observed a buildup of food residue on the shelves in the walk-in cooler. Observed a buildup of dust and grease on the hoods above the cooking area. Equipment food contact surfaces and utensils are not being immersed for a minimum of 10 seconds in the chlorine sanitizing compartment of the manual ware-washing sink. Discussed proper sanitizing procedure and provided handout.

Wyoming Mart, 901 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance.

Battered Mug, 178 S. Pine St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Jan. 31. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

C&P Convenient Mart, 118 E. Chestnut St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Food employees observed in deli area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard covers. Store made sandwiches held 8 hours are not labeled, no ingredient information at point of sale. Three-compartment sink has buildup of grime in basins. Cleaned during inspection.

Carriage Stop Plaza, 2500 E. End Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, Jan. 31. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Crystal Barbecue, 44 E. Broad St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Change of owner inspection in compliance.

Gertrude Hawk Chocolates, 125 Laurel Mall, Hazle Township, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance.

J&J Fish & Meat Market, 117 N. Wyoming St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Lights are not shielded or shatter proof above fresh fish display and above prep sink in rear room. Fan guard in walk-in cooler has buildup of static dust.

Lombardo’s Market Inc., 39 Pittston Ave., Yatesville, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed in-use knives stored between table edges or between tables, an area not easily cleanable & sanitized. Knives were removed and placed in sink to be cleaned and sanitized. Time in lieu of temperature being used in the food facility to controlready-to-eat potentially hazardous foods without written procedures or documentation to verify disposition of food. Discussed documentation with Person in charge who stated that proper procedures will be implemented. Grab and go prepackaged sandwiches not labeled properly with the full ingredient statement. Observed a buildup of dust on the fan guard in the walk in cooler. Floor in the employee restroom is deteriorating and needs to be repaired.

Old Beijing Chinese Restaurant, 752 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Scoops stored in two of four bulk ingredient containers with the handles in direct contact with the ingredients. This was corrected during this inspection. Observed containerized food stored directly on the floor in walk-in freezer, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. The containers of food were elevated off of the floor during this inspection. Shrimp, beef and chicken were held at 46 to 48 degrees F, in the bain marie, rather than 41 degrees F or below as required. After calibrating dial stem thermometer in ice water (which was 32 dgrees F and confirmed by person in charge), the food temperatures was temperatures remained between 46 and 48 degrees F. It was determined that the food items were taken from the walk-in cooler and placed into the bain marie approx. 2 hours earlier. The thermostat was turned down on the bain marie during this inspection. After 25 minutes the repeat temperatures were 38 to 39 degrees F. Bain marie not maintaining food at a temperature of 41 degrees F or below. The thermostat was adjusted and now holding a temperature of 38 degrees F Observed a buildup static dust on the fan guard inside of the Snapple refrigeration unit. Mops are not being hung to air dry.

Ollie’s, 84 S. Wyoming Ave., Edwardsville, Jan. 31. Complaint inspection in compliance.

Legacy Baking Co., 20 Luzerne, West Pittston, Feb. 1. Opening inspection in compliance. Violations: Bulk ingredient storage containers not labeled with the common name of the food. Person in charge labeled containers. Restroom is not provided with a covered waste receptacle for sanitary napkins. Rest room does not have a self-closing door.

Mcilwees Lunch, 141 W. Market St., Scranton, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance.

Morgan’s Butcher Shop, 106 Butler St., Pittston, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Commercially processed refrigerated, ready-to-eat, time/temperature control for safety food, located in the deli case, and held more than 24 hours, is not being marked with the date it was opened. Provided information. Grab and go products (salads, meats) not properly labeled with the name of the product and ingredient statement. Observed peeling coating on the shelves in the walk-in cooler. The surface of the walls inside the walk-in cooler are flaking and rusted. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Flooring in areas of the facility is not smooth and easily cleanable. Lights are not shielded or shatter proof over the case refrigeration unit. Rest room does not have a self-closing door.

Pazzo Restaurant, 2011 Route 315, Pittston, Feb 1. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Rich and Charlotte’s, 2205 Lakeside Drive, Harveys Lake, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Food facility had an original certificate posted, but it is lost and was not posted in public view. Owner took course in 2015 but the posted certificate is now missing and he is unsure what happened to it as he had it hanging on wall. Owner to Print or contact ServeSafe and obtain another certificate to hang in public view. He lost his wallet last week and so he does not have the wallet size card that he had during inspection last year to post in interim. Not all in-use refrigeration units have thermometers to ensure proper temperatures are maintained. Observed a buildup of grease on the stainless steel wall covering behind the fryer and is in need of cleaning. The hand-wash sink in the prep area was blocked by a tub of Christmas decorations and not accessible at all times for employee use. The Christmas decorations were moved during this inspection.

Wilkes-Barre Area Career & Technical Center, 350 Jumper Road, Wilkes-Barre, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed a buildup of ice on cases of food in the walk-in freezer. Food employee observed towel drying food equipment after cleaning.

Chini El Viejo MFF4, 700 W. Broad St., Hazleton, Feb. 3. Opening inspection in compliance.

Dunkin’ Donuts, 2999 Bear Creek Blvd., Wilkes Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed wet wiping cloths in prep area, not being stored in sanitizer solution. Cloths were placed in sanitizer solution. Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available or readily accessible in bain marie equipment. Observed peeling paint on the metal ice scoop holders. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required.

Philadelphia Subs N Pizza, 555 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance.

Sonic-Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance.

Taco Bell #28968, 1037 Wilkes-Barre Township Blvd., Wilkes Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations Observed a buildup of soda syrup residue on the surfaces behind the nozzles on the beverage machine. Observed a buildup of dust on the ceiling vents in the prep area.

Dunkin’ Donuts, 28 N Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, Feb. 6. Regular inspection out of compliance. Violations: Liquid filled spray bottle stored on shelf above prep table is not labeled for content. The food facility operator shall be the person in charge or shall designate a person in charge and shall ensure that a person in charge is present at the food facility during all hours of operation. Employee states no one is in charge at this time. Food employee observed eating or chewing gum in food prep area. Food employees observed in food prep area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard covers. Food employee observed exiting facility to make a curb side delivery while wearing food service gloves, then re-entering facility and resuming food prep , no glove change. Thermometers for ensuring proper temperatures of food are not available or readily accessible.

New York Fried Chicken, 2 E. Diamond Ave., Hazleton, Feb. 6. Follow-up inspection in compliance.


Luzerne restaurant inspections Jan. 24 – Feb. 6: mold-like slime, grease buildup

The following are recent Luzerne 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.

Auntie Anne’s #155, 730 Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre, Jan. 24. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: Observed a buildup of syrup residue on the surface around the nozzles on the beverage machine at both locations.

Colarusso’s Cafe, 725 Main St., Avoca, Jan. 24. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Countryside Quik Mart Inc. & Ta-Da Ice Cream Parlor, 48 Harvysville Road, Hunlock Creek, Jan. 24. Complaint inspection in compliance.

Gerrity’s Supermarket #490, 552 Union St., Luzerne, Jan. 24. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Several deli meats and cheeses, a refrigerated, ready-to-eat time temperature control for safety food in the deli case, was date-marked by the facility, but was beyond the 7-day use or sell by date and requires discarding. These items were destroyed by the facility during this inspection. Loose rubber door gaskets observed on the walk-in freezer in the rear right corner of the store that contains ice cream. There is a small amount of ice forming at the base of the door that does not allow the door to close tightly or latch. there is a moderate amount of ice starting to build up on the ceiling near the refrigeration unit. Maintenance is looking into this during this inspection. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. This cutting board is located on the bain marie in the Deli department. No sign or poster posted at the hand wash sinks in the employee restrooms off of the employee break room to remind food employees to wash their hands. Signs were posted during this inspection.

Hissho Sushi, 552 Union St., Luzerne, Jan. 24. Regular inspection in compliance.

Amelia’s Diner, 145 N. Memorial Highway, Shavertown, Jan. 25. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed a buildup of a white mineral deposit like residue on the edge of the chute of the ice machine dispenser. Corrected on site. Floor tiles in the Kitchen are broken, pieces missing or with gaps/broken edges between tiles. The floor is no longer smooth and easily cleanable.

Kingston Active Adult Center, 335 3rd Ave. Kingston, Jan. 25. Regular inspection in compliance.

Morgan Hills Golf Course, 219 Hunlock Harveyville Road, Hunlock Creek, Jan. 25. 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 FEC posted expired 2/16/2016. The owner stated that she and a cook have taken the course and passed but did not print out the certificates and post them. The owner will print out the certificates and scan and email or take a picture and text to this inspector. The owner may also fax or mail copies to the Region 3 Field Office within 10 days. Food facility has an original certificate posted, but the location is not conspicuous for public viewing.

Tiffany Court, 700 Northampton St., Kingston, Jan. 25, Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Facility does not have available test strips or Max temp thermometer to test water temperature of the High Temp Mechanical dish machine. The drip edge of the ice deflector plate inside of the ice machine, a food contact surface, was observed to have a small amount of mold-like slime forming and was not clean to sight and touch. The ice machine was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection

American Legion #477, 203 Vine St., Pittston, Jan. 26. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Bari Pizza & Subs, 26 Laurel St., Pittston, Jan. 26. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Big Lots #1177, 560 Union St., Luzerne, Jan. 26. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: No sign or poster posted at the hand-wash sink in the men’s restroom area to remind food employees to wash their hands. A sign was placed during this inspection

Murphy’s, 347 Slocum St., Swoyersville, Jan. 26. Follow-up inspection in compliance. Violations: Food facility has an employee who held a Certified Food Manager certificate however, the certificate has expired on 8/8/16. The owner stated that he is registered to take the course in February. Facility has 90 days to get an employee certified and will email this inspector or fax/mail a copy of the certificate to the Region 3 field office when received. Several floor tiles cracked and/or missing in kitchen. Areas without tile have exposed wooden surfaces which are not smooth and easily cleanable. Owners stated that he has purchased tile to replace the broken missing tiles in the kitchen.

Polish Falcons of America. Nest 163, 134 Main St., Mocanaqua, Jan. 26. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: The ware-wash sink has a hose attachment that is hanging below the flood rim of the sink and not an appropriate air gap.

Red Rooster, 2407 Route 118, Hunlock Creek, Jan. 26. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Common cup (stainless steel) bowl without handle is being used for dispensing flour stored inside of the bulk flour bin. The bowl was replaced with a handled scoop during this inspection. Observed containerized food stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler, walk-in freezer, and dry storage areas, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. The food items were elevated during this inspection. Several ceiling tiles that are sagging/out of the tracking above the cook line and refrigeration units in the kitchen. Owner stated she is planning on replacing the whole ceiling. Hood filters above cook line have a buildup of grease and in need of cleaning. Owner had cleaning scheduled for next week prior to this inspection.

Bear Creek Cafe, 98 White Haven Road, Bear Creek, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed containers of various liquids in the kitchen area not labeled with the common name. Containers were labeled. Observed webbing on the storage shelves in the basement.

Deer Oak Lounge, 1869 Route 239, Stillwater, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance.

Fox Hill Country Club, Tunkhannock Ave., West Pittston. Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Food facility using rodent bait placed in bait station which was not covered and tamper resistant. Bait was discarded. Observed a buildup of pink residues in the vent on the dish machine. Door located in the basement of the food facility has a gap and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.

Irem Clubhouse, 64 Ridgeway Drive, Suite 2, Dallas, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: All inside surfaces of the microwave oven, a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The microwave was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. Observed an accumulation of grease and dried food splatter on the bottom outside surface of the gear housing on the floor stand mixer. The mixer was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection.

Northmoreland Fire Co., 1618 Demunds Road, Dallas, Jan. 27. Opening inspection in compliance.

Oscar’s Bar & Lounge, 285-287 S. River St., Plains Township, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed slime and mold in bottles of drink mixes and containers of ingredients in the bar area and refrigerator. Items were discarded. Small flies observed in 25 bottles of liquor. Bottles were discarded. Mechanical glass washer had a mold-like buildup observed inside. Observed 25+ rodent like droppings under bar and in kitchen area.

Pen-Mart/Jay’s Famous, 3970 Memorial Highway, Dallas, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance.

Edible Arrangements #1255, 336 East End Center, Wilkes Barre, Jan. 30. Opening inspection in compliance. Violation: Toilet rooms do not have a self-closing door.

Meliza Supermarket, 600 Alter St., Hazleton, Jan. 30. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Pittston Diner, 335 Laurel St., Pittston, Jan. 31. Follow-up inspection in compliance. Violation: Mechanical ware-washing equipment had a mineral buildup observed inside.

Primo Hoagies, 33 B. West Side Mall, Kingston, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed containerized foods stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Food items were elevated off floor during this inspection. The exit door located between the office and restrooms has a gap with visible light at the floor/door junction,and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.

S&M Mart LLC, 419 E. Broad St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: Ceiling and evaporator in walk-in cooler have buildup of static dust.

Save-A-Lot, 536 W. Broad St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Complaint Inspection in compliance.

Vito’s Bistro, 434 N. Main St., Pittston, Jan. 31. Regular inspection out of compliance. Violations: Commercially processed refrigerated, ready-to-eat, time/temperature control for safety food, located in the walk in cooler, 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 walk-in cooler, is not being date marked. The person in charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection. Food employees observed in prep area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets or hats. A food employee was observed touching deli meat, a ready-to-eat food – with bare hands. Foods were removed from use. Observed multiple in-use food ingredient containers not labeled with the name of the contents. Observed containers of food stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Observed flaking rust on the wire shelves in the walk-in cooler. Faucet on 3-compartment sink is short and does not reach all compartments. Person in charge is using a container to fill sinks until longer faucet can be installed. Observed a buildup of food residue on the shelves in the walk-in cooler. Observed a buildup of dust and grease on the hoods above the cooking area. Equipment food contact surfaces and utensils are not being immersed for a minimum of 10 seconds in the chlorine sanitizing compartment of the manual ware-washing sink. Discussed proper sanitizing procedure and provided handout.

Wyoming Mart, 901 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance.

Battered Mug, 178 S. Pine St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Jan. 31. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

C&P Convenient Mart, 118 E. Chestnut St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Food employees observed in deli area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard covers. Store made sandwiches held 8 hours are not labeled, no ingredient information at point of sale. Three-compartment sink has buildup of grime in basins. Cleaned during inspection.

Carriage Stop Plaza, 2500 E. End Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, Jan. 31. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Crystal Barbecue, 44 E. Broad St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Change of owner inspection in compliance.

Gertrude Hawk Chocolates, 125 Laurel Mall, Hazle Township, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance.

J&J Fish & Meat Market, 117 N. Wyoming St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Lights are not shielded or shatter proof above fresh fish display and above prep sink in rear room. Fan guard in walk-in cooler has buildup of static dust.

Lombardo’s Market Inc., 39 Pittston Ave., Yatesville, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed in-use knives stored between table edges or between tables, an area not easily cleanable & sanitized. Knives were removed and placed in sink to be cleaned and sanitized. Time in lieu of temperature being used in the food facility to controlready-to-eat potentially hazardous foods without written procedures or documentation to verify disposition of food. Discussed documentation with Person in charge who stated that proper procedures will be implemented. Grab and go prepackaged sandwiches not labeled properly with the full ingredient statement. Observed a buildup of dust on the fan guard in the walk in cooler. Floor in the employee restroom is deteriorating and needs to be repaired.

Old Beijing Chinese Restaurant, 752 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Scoops stored in two of four bulk ingredient containers with the handles in direct contact with the ingredients. This was corrected during this inspection. Observed containerized food stored directly on the floor in walk-in freezer, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. The containers of food were elevated off of the floor during this inspection. Shrimp, beef and chicken were held at 46 to 48 degrees F, in the bain marie, rather than 41 degrees F or below as required. After calibrating dial stem thermometer in ice water (which was 32 dgrees F and confirmed by person in charge), the food temperatures was temperatures remained between 46 and 48 degrees F. It was determined that the food items were taken from the walk-in cooler and placed into the bain marie approx. 2 hours earlier. The thermostat was turned down on the bain marie during this inspection. After 25 minutes the repeat temperatures were 38 to 39 degrees F. Bain marie not maintaining food at a temperature of 41 degrees F or below. The thermostat was adjusted and now holding a temperature of 38 degrees F Observed a buildup static dust on the fan guard inside of the Snapple refrigeration unit. Mops are not being hung to air dry.

Ollie’s, 84 S. Wyoming Ave., Edwardsville, Jan. 31. Complaint inspection in compliance.

Legacy Baking Co., 20 Luzerne, West Pittston, Feb. 1. Opening inspection in compliance. Violations: Bulk ingredient storage containers not labeled with the common name of the food. Person in charge labeled containers. Restroom is not provided with a covered waste receptacle for sanitary napkins. Rest room does not have a self-closing door.

Mcilwees Lunch, 141 W. Market St., Scranton, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance.

Morgan’s Butcher Shop, 106 Butler St., Pittston, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Commercially processed refrigerated, ready-to-eat, time/temperature control for safety food, located in the deli case, and held more than 24 hours, is not being marked with the date it was opened. Provided information. Grab and go products (salads, meats) not properly labeled with the name of the product and ingredient statement. Observed peeling coating on the shelves in the walk-in cooler. The surface of the walls inside the walk-in cooler are flaking and rusted. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Flooring in areas of the facility is not smooth and easily cleanable. Lights are not shielded or shatter proof over the case refrigeration unit. Rest room does not have a self-closing door.

Pazzo Restaurant, 2011 Route 315, Pittston, Feb 1. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Rich and Charlotte’s, 2205 Lakeside Drive, Harveys Lake, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Food facility had an original certificate posted, but it is lost and was not posted in public view. Owner took course in 2015 but the posted certificate is now missing and he is unsure what happened to it as he had it hanging on wall. Owner to Print or contact ServeSafe and obtain another certificate to hang in public view. He lost his wallet last week and so he does not have the wallet size card that he had during inspection last year to post in interim. Not all in-use refrigeration units have thermometers to ensure proper temperatures are maintained. Observed a buildup of grease on the stainless steel wall covering behind the fryer and is in need of cleaning. The hand-wash sink in the prep area was blocked by a tub of Christmas decorations and not accessible at all times for employee use. The Christmas decorations were moved during this inspection.

Wilkes-Barre Area Career & Technical Center, 350 Jumper Road, Wilkes-Barre, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed a buildup of ice on cases of food in the walk-in freezer. Food employee observed towel drying food equipment after cleaning.

Chini El Viejo MFF4, 700 W. Broad St., Hazleton, Feb. 3. Opening inspection in compliance.

Dunkin’ Donuts, 2999 Bear Creek Blvd., Wilkes Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed wet wiping cloths in prep area, not being stored in sanitizer solution. Cloths were placed in sanitizer solution. Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available or readily accessible in bain marie equipment. Observed peeling paint on the metal ice scoop holders. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required.

Philadelphia Subs N Pizza, 555 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance.

Sonic-Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance.

Taco Bell #28968, 1037 Wilkes-Barre Township Blvd., Wilkes Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations Observed a buildup of soda syrup residue on the surfaces behind the nozzles on the beverage machine. Observed a buildup of dust on the ceiling vents in the prep area.

Dunkin’ Donuts, 28 N Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, Feb. 6. Regular inspection out of compliance. Violations: Liquid filled spray bottle stored on shelf above prep table is not labeled for content. The food facility operator shall be the person in charge or shall designate a person in charge and shall ensure that a person in charge is present at the food facility during all hours of operation. Employee states no one is in charge at this time. Food employee observed eating or chewing gum in food prep area. Food employees observed in food prep area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard covers. Food employee observed exiting facility to make a curb side delivery while wearing food service gloves, then re-entering facility and resuming food prep , no glove change. Thermometers for ensuring proper temperatures of food are not available or readily accessible.

New York Fried Chicken, 2 E. Diamond Ave., Hazleton, Feb. 6. Follow-up inspection in compliance.


Luzerne restaurant inspections Jan. 24 – Feb. 6: mold-like slime, grease buildup

The following are recent Luzerne 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.

Auntie Anne’s #155, 730 Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre, Jan. 24. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: Observed a buildup of syrup residue on the surface around the nozzles on the beverage machine at both locations.

Colarusso’s Cafe, 725 Main St., Avoca, Jan. 24. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Countryside Quik Mart Inc. & Ta-Da Ice Cream Parlor, 48 Harvysville Road, Hunlock Creek, Jan. 24. Complaint inspection in compliance.

Gerrity’s Supermarket #490, 552 Union St., Luzerne, Jan. 24. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Several deli meats and cheeses, a refrigerated, ready-to-eat time temperature control for safety food in the deli case, was date-marked by the facility, but was beyond the 7-day use or sell by date and requires discarding. These items were destroyed by the facility during this inspection. Loose rubber door gaskets observed on the walk-in freezer in the rear right corner of the store that contains ice cream. There is a small amount of ice forming at the base of the door that does not allow the door to close tightly or latch. there is a moderate amount of ice starting to build up on the ceiling near the refrigeration unit. Maintenance is looking into this during this inspection. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. This cutting board is located on the bain marie in the Deli department. No sign or poster posted at the hand wash sinks in the employee restrooms off of the employee break room to remind food employees to wash their hands. Signs were posted during this inspection.

Hissho Sushi, 552 Union St., Luzerne, Jan. 24. Regular inspection in compliance.

Amelia’s Diner, 145 N. Memorial Highway, Shavertown, Jan. 25. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed a buildup of a white mineral deposit like residue on the edge of the chute of the ice machine dispenser. Corrected on site. Floor tiles in the Kitchen are broken, pieces missing or with gaps/broken edges between tiles. The floor is no longer smooth and easily cleanable.

Kingston Active Adult Center, 335 3rd Ave. Kingston, Jan. 25. Regular inspection in compliance.

Morgan Hills Golf Course, 219 Hunlock Harveyville Road, Hunlock Creek, Jan. 25. 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 FEC posted expired 2/16/2016. The owner stated that she and a cook have taken the course and passed but did not print out the certificates and post them. The owner will print out the certificates and scan and email or take a picture and text to this inspector. The owner may also fax or mail copies to the Region 3 Field Office within 10 days. Food facility has an original certificate posted, but the location is not conspicuous for public viewing.

Tiffany Court, 700 Northampton St., Kingston, Jan. 25, Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Facility does not have available test strips or Max temp thermometer to test water temperature of the High Temp Mechanical dish machine. The drip edge of the ice deflector plate inside of the ice machine, a food contact surface, was observed to have a small amount of mold-like slime forming and was not clean to sight and touch. The ice machine was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection

American Legion #477, 203 Vine St., Pittston, Jan. 26. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Bari Pizza & Subs, 26 Laurel St., Pittston, Jan. 26. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Big Lots #1177, 560 Union St., Luzerne, Jan. 26. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: No sign or poster posted at the hand-wash sink in the men’s restroom area to remind food employees to wash their hands. A sign was placed during this inspection

Murphy’s, 347 Slocum St., Swoyersville, Jan. 26. Follow-up inspection in compliance. Violations: Food facility has an employee who held a Certified Food Manager certificate however, the certificate has expired on 8/8/16. The owner stated that he is registered to take the course in February. Facility has 90 days to get an employee certified and will email this inspector or fax/mail a copy of the certificate to the Region 3 field office when received. Several floor tiles cracked and/or missing in kitchen. Areas without tile have exposed wooden surfaces which are not smooth and easily cleanable. Owners stated that he has purchased tile to replace the broken missing tiles in the kitchen.

Polish Falcons of America. Nest 163, 134 Main St., Mocanaqua, Jan. 26. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: The ware-wash sink has a hose attachment that is hanging below the flood rim of the sink and not an appropriate air gap.

Red Rooster, 2407 Route 118, Hunlock Creek, Jan. 26. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Common cup (stainless steel) bowl without handle is being used for dispensing flour stored inside of the bulk flour bin. The bowl was replaced with a handled scoop during this inspection. Observed containerized food stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler, walk-in freezer, and dry storage areas, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. The food items were elevated during this inspection. Several ceiling tiles that are sagging/out of the tracking above the cook line and refrigeration units in the kitchen. Owner stated she is planning on replacing the whole ceiling. Hood filters above cook line have a buildup of grease and in need of cleaning. Owner had cleaning scheduled for next week prior to this inspection.

Bear Creek Cafe, 98 White Haven Road, Bear Creek, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed containers of various liquids in the kitchen area not labeled with the common name. Containers were labeled. Observed webbing on the storage shelves in the basement.

Deer Oak Lounge, 1869 Route 239, Stillwater, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance.

Fox Hill Country Club, Tunkhannock Ave., West Pittston. Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Food facility using rodent bait placed in bait station which was not covered and tamper resistant. Bait was discarded. Observed a buildup of pink residues in the vent on the dish machine. Door located in the basement of the food facility has a gap and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.

Irem Clubhouse, 64 Ridgeway Drive, Suite 2, Dallas, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: All inside surfaces of the microwave oven, a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The microwave was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. Observed an accumulation of grease and dried food splatter on the bottom outside surface of the gear housing on the floor stand mixer. The mixer was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection.

Northmoreland Fire Co., 1618 Demunds Road, Dallas, Jan. 27. Opening inspection in compliance.

Oscar’s Bar & Lounge, 285-287 S. River St., Plains Township, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed slime and mold in bottles of drink mixes and containers of ingredients in the bar area and refrigerator. Items were discarded. Small flies observed in 25 bottles of liquor. Bottles were discarded. Mechanical glass washer had a mold-like buildup observed inside. Observed 25+ rodent like droppings under bar and in kitchen area.

Pen-Mart/Jay’s Famous, 3970 Memorial Highway, Dallas, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance.

Edible Arrangements #1255, 336 East End Center, Wilkes Barre, Jan. 30. Opening inspection in compliance. Violation: Toilet rooms do not have a self-closing door.

Meliza Supermarket, 600 Alter St., Hazleton, Jan. 30. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Pittston Diner, 335 Laurel St., Pittston, Jan. 31. Follow-up inspection in compliance. Violation: Mechanical ware-washing equipment had a mineral buildup observed inside.

Primo Hoagies, 33 B. West Side Mall, Kingston, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed containerized foods stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Food items were elevated off floor during this inspection. The exit door located between the office and restrooms has a gap with visible light at the floor/door junction,and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.

S&M Mart LLC, 419 E. Broad St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: Ceiling and evaporator in walk-in cooler have buildup of static dust.

Save-A-Lot, 536 W. Broad St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Complaint Inspection in compliance.

Vito’s Bistro, 434 N. Main St., Pittston, Jan. 31. Regular inspection out of compliance. Violations: Commercially processed refrigerated, ready-to-eat, time/temperature control for safety food, located in the walk in cooler, 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 walk-in cooler, is not being date marked. The person in charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection. Food employees observed in prep area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets or hats. A food employee was observed touching deli meat, a ready-to-eat food – with bare hands. Foods were removed from use. Observed multiple in-use food ingredient containers not labeled with the name of the contents. Observed containers of food stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Observed flaking rust on the wire shelves in the walk-in cooler. Faucet on 3-compartment sink is short and does not reach all compartments. Person in charge is using a container to fill sinks until longer faucet can be installed. Observed a buildup of food residue on the shelves in the walk-in cooler. Observed a buildup of dust and grease on the hoods above the cooking area. Equipment food contact surfaces and utensils are not being immersed for a minimum of 10 seconds in the chlorine sanitizing compartment of the manual ware-washing sink. Discussed proper sanitizing procedure and provided handout.

Wyoming Mart, 901 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance.

Battered Mug, 178 S. Pine St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Jan. 31. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

C&P Convenient Mart, 118 E. Chestnut St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Food employees observed in deli area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard covers. Store made sandwiches held 8 hours are not labeled, no ingredient information at point of sale. Three-compartment sink has buildup of grime in basins. Cleaned during inspection.

Carriage Stop Plaza, 2500 E. End Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, Jan. 31. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Crystal Barbecue, 44 E. Broad St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Change of owner inspection in compliance.

Gertrude Hawk Chocolates, 125 Laurel Mall, Hazle Township, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance.

J&J Fish & Meat Market, 117 N. Wyoming St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Lights are not shielded or shatter proof above fresh fish display and above prep sink in rear room. Fan guard in walk-in cooler has buildup of static dust.

Lombardo’s Market Inc., 39 Pittston Ave., Yatesville, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed in-use knives stored between table edges or between tables, an area not easily cleanable & sanitized. Knives were removed and placed in sink to be cleaned and sanitized. Time in lieu of temperature being used in the food facility to controlready-to-eat potentially hazardous foods without written procedures or documentation to verify disposition of food. Discussed documentation with Person in charge who stated that proper procedures will be implemented. Grab and go prepackaged sandwiches not labeled properly with the full ingredient statement. Observed a buildup of dust on the fan guard in the walk in cooler. Floor in the employee restroom is deteriorating and needs to be repaired.

Old Beijing Chinese Restaurant, 752 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Scoops stored in two of four bulk ingredient containers with the handles in direct contact with the ingredients. This was corrected during this inspection. Observed containerized food stored directly on the floor in walk-in freezer, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. The containers of food were elevated off of the floor during this inspection. Shrimp, beef and chicken were held at 46 to 48 degrees F, in the bain marie, rather than 41 degrees F or below as required. After calibrating dial stem thermometer in ice water (which was 32 dgrees F and confirmed by person in charge), the food temperatures was temperatures remained between 46 and 48 degrees F. It was determined that the food items were taken from the walk-in cooler and placed into the bain marie approx. 2 hours earlier. The thermostat was turned down on the bain marie during this inspection. After 25 minutes the repeat temperatures were 38 to 39 degrees F. Bain marie not maintaining food at a temperature of 41 degrees F or below. The thermostat was adjusted and now holding a temperature of 38 degrees F Observed a buildup static dust on the fan guard inside of the Snapple refrigeration unit. Mops are not being hung to air dry.

Ollie’s, 84 S. Wyoming Ave., Edwardsville, Jan. 31. Complaint inspection in compliance.

Legacy Baking Co., 20 Luzerne, West Pittston, Feb. 1. Opening inspection in compliance. Violations: Bulk ingredient storage containers not labeled with the common name of the food. Person in charge labeled containers. Restroom is not provided with a covered waste receptacle for sanitary napkins. Rest room does not have a self-closing door.

Mcilwees Lunch, 141 W. Market St., Scranton, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance.

Morgan’s Butcher Shop, 106 Butler St., Pittston, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Commercially processed refrigerated, ready-to-eat, time/temperature control for safety food, located in the deli case, and held more than 24 hours, is not being marked with the date it was opened. Provided information. Grab and go products (salads, meats) not properly labeled with the name of the product and ingredient statement. Observed peeling coating on the shelves in the walk-in cooler. The surface of the walls inside the walk-in cooler are flaking and rusted. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Flooring in areas of the facility is not smooth and easily cleanable. Lights are not shielded or shatter proof over the case refrigeration unit. Rest room does not have a self-closing door.

Pazzo Restaurant, 2011 Route 315, Pittston, Feb 1. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Rich and Charlotte’s, 2205 Lakeside Drive, Harveys Lake, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Food facility had an original certificate posted, but it is lost and was not posted in public view. Owner took course in 2015 but the posted certificate is now missing and he is unsure what happened to it as he had it hanging on wall. Owner to Print or contact ServeSafe and obtain another certificate to hang in public view. He lost his wallet last week and so he does not have the wallet size card that he had during inspection last year to post in interim. Not all in-use refrigeration units have thermometers to ensure proper temperatures are maintained. Observed a buildup of grease on the stainless steel wall covering behind the fryer and is in need of cleaning. The hand-wash sink in the prep area was blocked by a tub of Christmas decorations and not accessible at all times for employee use. The Christmas decorations were moved during this inspection.

Wilkes-Barre Area Career & Technical Center, 350 Jumper Road, Wilkes-Barre, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed a buildup of ice on cases of food in the walk-in freezer. Food employee observed towel drying food equipment after cleaning.

Chini El Viejo MFF4, 700 W. Broad St., Hazleton, Feb. 3. Opening inspection in compliance.

Dunkin’ Donuts, 2999 Bear Creek Blvd., Wilkes Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed wet wiping cloths in prep area, not being stored in sanitizer solution. Cloths were placed in sanitizer solution. Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available or readily accessible in bain marie equipment. Observed peeling paint on the metal ice scoop holders. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required.

Philadelphia Subs N Pizza, 555 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance.

Sonic-Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance.

Taco Bell #28968, 1037 Wilkes-Barre Township Blvd., Wilkes Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations Observed a buildup of soda syrup residue on the surfaces behind the nozzles on the beverage machine. Observed a buildup of dust on the ceiling vents in the prep area.

Dunkin’ Donuts, 28 N Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, Feb. 6. Regular inspection out of compliance. Violations: Liquid filled spray bottle stored on shelf above prep table is not labeled for content. The food facility operator shall be the person in charge or shall designate a person in charge and shall ensure that a person in charge is present at the food facility during all hours of operation. Employee states no one is in charge at this time. Food employee observed eating or chewing gum in food prep area. Food employees observed in food prep area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard covers. Food employee observed exiting facility to make a curb side delivery while wearing food service gloves, then re-entering facility and resuming food prep , no glove change. Thermometers for ensuring proper temperatures of food are not available or readily accessible.

New York Fried Chicken, 2 E. Diamond Ave., Hazleton, Feb. 6. Follow-up inspection in compliance.


Luzerne restaurant inspections Jan. 24 – Feb. 6: mold-like slime, grease buildup

The following are recent Luzerne 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.

Auntie Anne’s #155, 730 Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre, Jan. 24. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: Observed a buildup of syrup residue on the surface around the nozzles on the beverage machine at both locations.

Colarusso’s Cafe, 725 Main St., Avoca, Jan. 24. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Countryside Quik Mart Inc. & Ta-Da Ice Cream Parlor, 48 Harvysville Road, Hunlock Creek, Jan. 24. Complaint inspection in compliance.

Gerrity’s Supermarket #490, 552 Union St., Luzerne, Jan. 24. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Several deli meats and cheeses, a refrigerated, ready-to-eat time temperature control for safety food in the deli case, was date-marked by the facility, but was beyond the 7-day use or sell by date and requires discarding. These items were destroyed by the facility during this inspection. Loose rubber door gaskets observed on the walk-in freezer in the rear right corner of the store that contains ice cream. There is a small amount of ice forming at the base of the door that does not allow the door to close tightly or latch. there is a moderate amount of ice starting to build up on the ceiling near the refrigeration unit. Maintenance is looking into this during this inspection. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. This cutting board is located on the bain marie in the Deli department. No sign or poster posted at the hand wash sinks in the employee restrooms off of the employee break room to remind food employees to wash their hands. Signs were posted during this inspection.

Hissho Sushi, 552 Union St., Luzerne, Jan. 24. Regular inspection in compliance.

Amelia’s Diner, 145 N. Memorial Highway, Shavertown, Jan. 25. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed a buildup of a white mineral deposit like residue on the edge of the chute of the ice machine dispenser. Corrected on site. Floor tiles in the Kitchen are broken, pieces missing or with gaps/broken edges between tiles. The floor is no longer smooth and easily cleanable.

Kingston Active Adult Center, 335 3rd Ave. Kingston, Jan. 25. Regular inspection in compliance.

Morgan Hills Golf Course, 219 Hunlock Harveyville Road, Hunlock Creek, Jan. 25. 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 FEC posted expired 2/16/2016. The owner stated that she and a cook have taken the course and passed but did not print out the certificates and post them. The owner will print out the certificates and scan and email or take a picture and text to this inspector. The owner may also fax or mail copies to the Region 3 Field Office within 10 days. Food facility has an original certificate posted, but the location is not conspicuous for public viewing.

Tiffany Court, 700 Northampton St., Kingston, Jan. 25, Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Facility does not have available test strips or Max temp thermometer to test water temperature of the High Temp Mechanical dish machine. The drip edge of the ice deflector plate inside of the ice machine, a food contact surface, was observed to have a small amount of mold-like slime forming and was not clean to sight and touch. The ice machine was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection

American Legion #477, 203 Vine St., Pittston, Jan. 26. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Bari Pizza & Subs, 26 Laurel St., Pittston, Jan. 26. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Big Lots #1177, 560 Union St., Luzerne, Jan. 26. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: No sign or poster posted at the hand-wash sink in the men’s restroom area to remind food employees to wash their hands. A sign was placed during this inspection

Murphy’s, 347 Slocum St., Swoyersville, Jan. 26. Follow-up inspection in compliance. Violations: Food facility has an employee who held a Certified Food Manager certificate however, the certificate has expired on 8/8/16. The owner stated that he is registered to take the course in February. Facility has 90 days to get an employee certified and will email this inspector or fax/mail a copy of the certificate to the Region 3 field office when received. Several floor tiles cracked and/or missing in kitchen. Areas without tile have exposed wooden surfaces which are not smooth and easily cleanable. Owners stated that he has purchased tile to replace the broken missing tiles in the kitchen.

Polish Falcons of America. Nest 163, 134 Main St., Mocanaqua, Jan. 26. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: The ware-wash sink has a hose attachment that is hanging below the flood rim of the sink and not an appropriate air gap.

Red Rooster, 2407 Route 118, Hunlock Creek, Jan. 26. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Common cup (stainless steel) bowl without handle is being used for dispensing flour stored inside of the bulk flour bin. The bowl was replaced with a handled scoop during this inspection. Observed containerized food stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler, walk-in freezer, and dry storage areas, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. The food items were elevated during this inspection. Several ceiling tiles that are sagging/out of the tracking above the cook line and refrigeration units in the kitchen. Owner stated she is planning on replacing the whole ceiling. Hood filters above cook line have a buildup of grease and in need of cleaning. Owner had cleaning scheduled for next week prior to this inspection.

Bear Creek Cafe, 98 White Haven Road, Bear Creek, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed containers of various liquids in the kitchen area not labeled with the common name. Containers were labeled. Observed webbing on the storage shelves in the basement.

Deer Oak Lounge, 1869 Route 239, Stillwater, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance.

Fox Hill Country Club, Tunkhannock Ave., West Pittston. Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Food facility using rodent bait placed in bait station which was not covered and tamper resistant. Bait was discarded. Observed a buildup of pink residues in the vent on the dish machine. Door located in the basement of the food facility has a gap and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.

Irem Clubhouse, 64 Ridgeway Drive, Suite 2, Dallas, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: All inside surfaces of the microwave oven, a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The microwave was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. Observed an accumulation of grease and dried food splatter on the bottom outside surface of the gear housing on the floor stand mixer. The mixer was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection.

Northmoreland Fire Co., 1618 Demunds Road, Dallas, Jan. 27. Opening inspection in compliance.

Oscar’s Bar & Lounge, 285-287 S. River St., Plains Township, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed slime and mold in bottles of drink mixes and containers of ingredients in the bar area and refrigerator. Items were discarded. Small flies observed in 25 bottles of liquor. Bottles were discarded. Mechanical glass washer had a mold-like buildup observed inside. Observed 25+ rodent like droppings under bar and in kitchen area.

Pen-Mart/Jay’s Famous, 3970 Memorial Highway, Dallas, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance.

Edible Arrangements #1255, 336 East End Center, Wilkes Barre, Jan. 30. Opening inspection in compliance. Violation: Toilet rooms do not have a self-closing door.

Meliza Supermarket, 600 Alter St., Hazleton, Jan. 30. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Pittston Diner, 335 Laurel St., Pittston, Jan. 31. Follow-up inspection in compliance. Violation: Mechanical ware-washing equipment had a mineral buildup observed inside.

Primo Hoagies, 33 B. West Side Mall, Kingston, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed containerized foods stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Food items were elevated off floor during this inspection. The exit door located between the office and restrooms has a gap with visible light at the floor/door junction,and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.

S&M Mart LLC, 419 E. Broad St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: Ceiling and evaporator in walk-in cooler have buildup of static dust.

Save-A-Lot, 536 W. Broad St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Complaint Inspection in compliance.

Vito’s Bistro, 434 N. Main St., Pittston, Jan. 31. Regular inspection out of compliance. Violations: Commercially processed refrigerated, ready-to-eat, time/temperature control for safety food, located in the walk in cooler, 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 walk-in cooler, is not being date marked. The person in charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection. Food employees observed in prep area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets or hats. A food employee was observed touching deli meat, a ready-to-eat food – with bare hands. Foods were removed from use. Observed multiple in-use food ingredient containers not labeled with the name of the contents. Observed containers of food stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Observed flaking rust on the wire shelves in the walk-in cooler. Faucet on 3-compartment sink is short and does not reach all compartments. Person in charge is using a container to fill sinks until longer faucet can be installed. Observed a buildup of food residue on the shelves in the walk-in cooler. Observed a buildup of dust and grease on the hoods above the cooking area. Equipment food contact surfaces and utensils are not being immersed for a minimum of 10 seconds in the chlorine sanitizing compartment of the manual ware-washing sink. Discussed proper sanitizing procedure and provided handout.

Wyoming Mart, 901 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance.

Battered Mug, 178 S. Pine St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Jan. 31. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

C&P Convenient Mart, 118 E. Chestnut St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Food employees observed in deli area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard covers. Store made sandwiches held 8 hours are not labeled, no ingredient information at point of sale. Three-compartment sink has buildup of grime in basins. Cleaned during inspection.

Carriage Stop Plaza, 2500 E. End Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, Jan. 31. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Crystal Barbecue, 44 E. Broad St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Change of owner inspection in compliance.

Gertrude Hawk Chocolates, 125 Laurel Mall, Hazle Township, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance.

J&J Fish & Meat Market, 117 N. Wyoming St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Lights are not shielded or shatter proof above fresh fish display and above prep sink in rear room. Fan guard in walk-in cooler has buildup of static dust.

Lombardo’s Market Inc., 39 Pittston Ave., Yatesville, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed in-use knives stored between table edges or between tables, an area not easily cleanable & sanitized. Knives were removed and placed in sink to be cleaned and sanitized. Time in lieu of temperature being used in the food facility to controlready-to-eat potentially hazardous foods without written procedures or documentation to verify disposition of food. Discussed documentation with Person in charge who stated that proper procedures will be implemented. Grab and go prepackaged sandwiches not labeled properly with the full ingredient statement. Observed a buildup of dust on the fan guard in the walk in cooler. Floor in the employee restroom is deteriorating and needs to be repaired.

Old Beijing Chinese Restaurant, 752 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Scoops stored in two of four bulk ingredient containers with the handles in direct contact with the ingredients. This was corrected during this inspection. Observed containerized food stored directly on the floor in walk-in freezer, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. The containers of food were elevated off of the floor during this inspection. Shrimp, beef and chicken were held at 46 to 48 degrees F, in the bain marie, rather than 41 degrees F or below as required. After calibrating dial stem thermometer in ice water (which was 32 dgrees F and confirmed by person in charge), the food temperatures was temperatures remained between 46 and 48 degrees F. It was determined that the food items were taken from the walk-in cooler and placed into the bain marie approx. 2 hours earlier. The thermostat was turned down on the bain marie during this inspection. After 25 minutes the repeat temperatures were 38 to 39 degrees F. Bain marie not maintaining food at a temperature of 41 degrees F or below. The thermostat was adjusted and now holding a temperature of 38 degrees F Observed a buildup static dust on the fan guard inside of the Snapple refrigeration unit. Mops are not being hung to air dry.

Ollie’s, 84 S. Wyoming Ave., Edwardsville, Jan. 31. Complaint inspection in compliance.

Legacy Baking Co., 20 Luzerne, West Pittston, Feb. 1. Opening inspection in compliance. Violations: Bulk ingredient storage containers not labeled with the common name of the food. Person in charge labeled containers. Restroom is not provided with a covered waste receptacle for sanitary napkins. Rest room does not have a self-closing door.

Mcilwees Lunch, 141 W. Market St., Scranton, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance.

Morgan’s Butcher Shop, 106 Butler St., Pittston, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Commercially processed refrigerated, ready-to-eat, time/temperature control for safety food, located in the deli case, and held more than 24 hours, is not being marked with the date it was opened. Provided information. Grab and go products (salads, meats) not properly labeled with the name of the product and ingredient statement. Observed peeling coating on the shelves in the walk-in cooler. The surface of the walls inside the walk-in cooler are flaking and rusted. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Flooring in areas of the facility is not smooth and easily cleanable. Lights are not shielded or shatter proof over the case refrigeration unit. Rest room does not have a self-closing door.

Pazzo Restaurant, 2011 Route 315, Pittston, Feb 1. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Rich and Charlotte’s, 2205 Lakeside Drive, Harveys Lake, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Food facility had an original certificate posted, but it is lost and was not posted in public view. Owner took course in 2015 but the posted certificate is now missing and he is unsure what happened to it as he had it hanging on wall. Owner to Print or contact ServeSafe and obtain another certificate to hang in public view. He lost his wallet last week and so he does not have the wallet size card that he had during inspection last year to post in interim. Not all in-use refrigeration units have thermometers to ensure proper temperatures are maintained. Observed a buildup of grease on the stainless steel wall covering behind the fryer and is in need of cleaning. The hand-wash sink in the prep area was blocked by a tub of Christmas decorations and not accessible at all times for employee use. The Christmas decorations were moved during this inspection.

Wilkes-Barre Area Career & Technical Center, 350 Jumper Road, Wilkes-Barre, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed a buildup of ice on cases of food in the walk-in freezer. Food employee observed towel drying food equipment after cleaning.

Chini El Viejo MFF4, 700 W. Broad St., Hazleton, Feb. 3. Opening inspection in compliance.

Dunkin’ Donuts, 2999 Bear Creek Blvd., Wilkes Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed wet wiping cloths in prep area, not being stored in sanitizer solution. Cloths were placed in sanitizer solution. Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available or readily accessible in bain marie equipment. Observed peeling paint on the metal ice scoop holders. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required.

Philadelphia Subs N Pizza, 555 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance.

Sonic-Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance.

Taco Bell #28968, 1037 Wilkes-Barre Township Blvd., Wilkes Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations Observed a buildup of soda syrup residue on the surfaces behind the nozzles on the beverage machine. Observed a buildup of dust on the ceiling vents in the prep area.

Dunkin’ Donuts, 28 N Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, Feb. 6. Regular inspection out of compliance. Violations: Liquid filled spray bottle stored on shelf above prep table is not labeled for content. The food facility operator shall be the person in charge or shall designate a person in charge and shall ensure that a person in charge is present at the food facility during all hours of operation. Employee states no one is in charge at this time. Food employee observed eating or chewing gum in food prep area. Food employees observed in food prep area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard covers. Food employee observed exiting facility to make a curb side delivery while wearing food service gloves, then re-entering facility and resuming food prep , no glove change. Thermometers for ensuring proper temperatures of food are not available or readily accessible.

New York Fried Chicken, 2 E. Diamond Ave., Hazleton, Feb. 6. Follow-up inspection in compliance.


Luzerne restaurant inspections Jan. 24 – Feb. 6: mold-like slime, grease buildup

The following are recent Luzerne 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.

Auntie Anne’s #155, 730 Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre, Jan. 24. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: Observed a buildup of syrup residue on the surface around the nozzles on the beverage machine at both locations.

Colarusso’s Cafe, 725 Main St., Avoca, Jan. 24. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Countryside Quik Mart Inc. & Ta-Da Ice Cream Parlor, 48 Harvysville Road, Hunlock Creek, Jan. 24. Complaint inspection in compliance.

Gerrity’s Supermarket #490, 552 Union St., Luzerne, Jan. 24. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Several deli meats and cheeses, a refrigerated, ready-to-eat time temperature control for safety food in the deli case, was date-marked by the facility, but was beyond the 7-day use or sell by date and requires discarding. These items were destroyed by the facility during this inspection. Loose rubber door gaskets observed on the walk-in freezer in the rear right corner of the store that contains ice cream. There is a small amount of ice forming at the base of the door that does not allow the door to close tightly or latch. there is a moderate amount of ice starting to build up on the ceiling near the refrigeration unit. Maintenance is looking into this during this inspection. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. This cutting board is located on the bain marie in the Deli department. No sign or poster posted at the hand wash sinks in the employee restrooms off of the employee break room to remind food employees to wash their hands. Signs were posted during this inspection.

Hissho Sushi, 552 Union St., Luzerne, Jan. 24. Regular inspection in compliance.

Amelia’s Diner, 145 N. Memorial Highway, Shavertown, Jan. 25. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed a buildup of a white mineral deposit like residue on the edge of the chute of the ice machine dispenser. Corrected on site. Floor tiles in the Kitchen are broken, pieces missing or with gaps/broken edges between tiles. The floor is no longer smooth and easily cleanable.

Kingston Active Adult Center, 335 3rd Ave. Kingston, Jan. 25. Regular inspection in compliance.

Morgan Hills Golf Course, 219 Hunlock Harveyville Road, Hunlock Creek, Jan. 25. 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 FEC posted expired 2/16/2016. The owner stated that she and a cook have taken the course and passed but did not print out the certificates and post them. The owner will print out the certificates and scan and email or take a picture and text to this inspector. The owner may also fax or mail copies to the Region 3 Field Office within 10 days. Food facility has an original certificate posted, but the location is not conspicuous for public viewing.

Tiffany Court, 700 Northampton St., Kingston, Jan. 25, Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Facility does not have available test strips or Max temp thermometer to test water temperature of the High Temp Mechanical dish machine. The drip edge of the ice deflector plate inside of the ice machine, a food contact surface, was observed to have a small amount of mold-like slime forming and was not clean to sight and touch. The ice machine was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection

American Legion #477, 203 Vine St., Pittston, Jan. 26. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Bari Pizza & Subs, 26 Laurel St., Pittston, Jan. 26. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Big Lots #1177, 560 Union St., Luzerne, Jan. 26. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: No sign or poster posted at the hand-wash sink in the men’s restroom area to remind food employees to wash their hands. A sign was placed during this inspection

Murphy’s, 347 Slocum St., Swoyersville, Jan. 26. Follow-up inspection in compliance. Violations: Food facility has an employee who held a Certified Food Manager certificate however, the certificate has expired on 8/8/16. The owner stated that he is registered to take the course in February. Facility has 90 days to get an employee certified and will email this inspector or fax/mail a copy of the certificate to the Region 3 field office when received. Several floor tiles cracked and/or missing in kitchen. Areas without tile have exposed wooden surfaces which are not smooth and easily cleanable. Owners stated that he has purchased tile to replace the broken missing tiles in the kitchen.

Polish Falcons of America. Nest 163, 134 Main St., Mocanaqua, Jan. 26. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: The ware-wash sink has a hose attachment that is hanging below the flood rim of the sink and not an appropriate air gap.

Red Rooster, 2407 Route 118, Hunlock Creek, Jan. 26. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Common cup (stainless steel) bowl without handle is being used for dispensing flour stored inside of the bulk flour bin. The bowl was replaced with a handled scoop during this inspection. Observed containerized food stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler, walk-in freezer, and dry storage areas, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. The food items were elevated during this inspection. Several ceiling tiles that are sagging/out of the tracking above the cook line and refrigeration units in the kitchen. Owner stated she is planning on replacing the whole ceiling. Hood filters above cook line have a buildup of grease and in need of cleaning. Owner had cleaning scheduled for next week prior to this inspection.

Bear Creek Cafe, 98 White Haven Road, Bear Creek, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed containers of various liquids in the kitchen area not labeled with the common name. Containers were labeled. Observed webbing on the storage shelves in the basement.

Deer Oak Lounge, 1869 Route 239, Stillwater, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance.

Fox Hill Country Club, Tunkhannock Ave., West Pittston. Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Food facility using rodent bait placed in bait station which was not covered and tamper resistant. Bait was discarded. Observed a buildup of pink residues in the vent on the dish machine. Door located in the basement of the food facility has a gap and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.

Irem Clubhouse, 64 Ridgeway Drive, Suite 2, Dallas, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: All inside surfaces of the microwave oven, a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The microwave was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. Observed an accumulation of grease and dried food splatter on the bottom outside surface of the gear housing on the floor stand mixer. The mixer was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection.

Northmoreland Fire Co., 1618 Demunds Road, Dallas, Jan. 27. Opening inspection in compliance.

Oscar’s Bar & Lounge, 285-287 S. River St., Plains Township, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed slime and mold in bottles of drink mixes and containers of ingredients in the bar area and refrigerator. Items were discarded. Small flies observed in 25 bottles of liquor. Bottles were discarded. Mechanical glass washer had a mold-like buildup observed inside. Observed 25+ rodent like droppings under bar and in kitchen area.

Pen-Mart/Jay’s Famous, 3970 Memorial Highway, Dallas, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance.

Edible Arrangements #1255, 336 East End Center, Wilkes Barre, Jan. 30. Opening inspection in compliance. Violation: Toilet rooms do not have a self-closing door.

Meliza Supermarket, 600 Alter St., Hazleton, Jan. 30. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Pittston Diner, 335 Laurel St., Pittston, Jan. 31. Follow-up inspection in compliance. Violation: Mechanical ware-washing equipment had a mineral buildup observed inside.

Primo Hoagies, 33 B. West Side Mall, Kingston, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed containerized foods stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Food items were elevated off floor during this inspection. The exit door located between the office and restrooms has a gap with visible light at the floor/door junction,and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.

S&M Mart LLC, 419 E. Broad St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: Ceiling and evaporator in walk-in cooler have buildup of static dust.

Save-A-Lot, 536 W. Broad St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Complaint Inspection in compliance.

Vito’s Bistro, 434 N. Main St., Pittston, Jan. 31. Regular inspection out of compliance. Violations: Commercially processed refrigerated, ready-to-eat, time/temperature control for safety food, located in the walk in cooler, 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 walk-in cooler, is not being date marked. The person in charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection. Food employees observed in prep area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets or hats. A food employee was observed touching deli meat, a ready-to-eat food – with bare hands. Foods were removed from use. Observed multiple in-use food ingredient containers not labeled with the name of the contents. Observed containers of food stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Observed flaking rust on the wire shelves in the walk-in cooler. Faucet on 3-compartment sink is short and does not reach all compartments. Person in charge is using a container to fill sinks until longer faucet can be installed. Observed a buildup of food residue on the shelves in the walk-in cooler. Observed a buildup of dust and grease on the hoods above the cooking area. Equipment food contact surfaces and utensils are not being immersed for a minimum of 10 seconds in the chlorine sanitizing compartment of the manual ware-washing sink. Discussed proper sanitizing procedure and provided handout.

Wyoming Mart, 901 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance.

Battered Mug, 178 S. Pine St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Jan. 31. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

C&P Convenient Mart, 118 E. Chestnut St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Food employees observed in deli area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard covers. Store made sandwiches held 8 hours are not labeled, no ingredient information at point of sale. Three-compartment sink has buildup of grime in basins. Cleaned during inspection.

Carriage Stop Plaza, 2500 E. End Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, Jan. 31. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Crystal Barbecue, 44 E. Broad St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Change of owner inspection in compliance.

Gertrude Hawk Chocolates, 125 Laurel Mall, Hazle Township, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance.

J&J Fish & Meat Market, 117 N. Wyoming St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Lights are not shielded or shatter proof above fresh fish display and above prep sink in rear room. Fan guard in walk-in cooler has buildup of static dust.

Lombardo’s Market Inc., 39 Pittston Ave., Yatesville, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed in-use knives stored between table edges or between tables, an area not easily cleanable & sanitized. Knives were removed and placed in sink to be cleaned and sanitized. Time in lieu of temperature being used in the food facility to controlready-to-eat potentially hazardous foods without written procedures or documentation to verify disposition of food. Discussed documentation with Person in charge who stated that proper procedures will be implemented. Grab and go prepackaged sandwiches not labeled properly with the full ingredient statement. Observed a buildup of dust on the fan guard in the walk in cooler. Floor in the employee restroom is deteriorating and needs to be repaired.

Old Beijing Chinese Restaurant, 752 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Scoops stored in two of four bulk ingredient containers with the handles in direct contact with the ingredients. This was corrected during this inspection. Observed containerized food stored directly on the floor in walk-in freezer, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. The containers of food were elevated off of the floor during this inspection. Shrimp, beef and chicken were held at 46 to 48 degrees F, in the bain marie, rather than 41 degrees F or below as required. After calibrating dial stem thermometer in ice water (which was 32 dgrees F and confirmed by person in charge), the food temperatures was temperatures remained between 46 and 48 degrees F. It was determined that the food items were taken from the walk-in cooler and placed into the bain marie approx. 2 hours earlier. The thermostat was turned down on the bain marie during this inspection. After 25 minutes the repeat temperatures were 38 to 39 degrees F. Bain marie not maintaining food at a temperature of 41 degrees F or below. The thermostat was adjusted and now holding a temperature of 38 degrees F Observed a buildup static dust on the fan guard inside of the Snapple refrigeration unit. Mops are not being hung to air dry.

Ollie’s, 84 S. Wyoming Ave., Edwardsville, Jan. 31. Complaint inspection in compliance.

Legacy Baking Co., 20 Luzerne, West Pittston, Feb. 1. Opening inspection in compliance. Violations: Bulk ingredient storage containers not labeled with the common name of the food. Person in charge labeled containers. Restroom is not provided with a covered waste receptacle for sanitary napkins. Rest room does not have a self-closing door.

Mcilwees Lunch, 141 W. Market St., Scranton, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance.

Morgan’s Butcher Shop, 106 Butler St., Pittston, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Commercially processed refrigerated, ready-to-eat, time/temperature control for safety food, located in the deli case, and held more than 24 hours, is not being marked with the date it was opened. Provided information. Grab and go products (salads, meats) not properly labeled with the name of the product and ingredient statement. Observed peeling coating on the shelves in the walk-in cooler. The surface of the walls inside the walk-in cooler are flaking and rusted. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Flooring in areas of the facility is not smooth and easily cleanable. Lights are not shielded or shatter proof over the case refrigeration unit. Rest room does not have a self-closing door.

Pazzo Restaurant, 2011 Route 315, Pittston, Feb 1. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Rich and Charlotte’s, 2205 Lakeside Drive, Harveys Lake, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Food facility had an original certificate posted, but it is lost and was not posted in public view. Owner took course in 2015 but the posted certificate is now missing and he is unsure what happened to it as he had it hanging on wall. Owner to Print or contact ServeSafe and obtain another certificate to hang in public view. He lost his wallet last week and so he does not have the wallet size card that he had during inspection last year to post in interim. Not all in-use refrigeration units have thermometers to ensure proper temperatures are maintained. Observed a buildup of grease on the stainless steel wall covering behind the fryer and is in need of cleaning. The hand-wash sink in the prep area was blocked by a tub of Christmas decorations and not accessible at all times for employee use. The Christmas decorations were moved during this inspection.

Wilkes-Barre Area Career & Technical Center, 350 Jumper Road, Wilkes-Barre, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed a buildup of ice on cases of food in the walk-in freezer. Food employee observed towel drying food equipment after cleaning.

Chini El Viejo MFF4, 700 W. Broad St., Hazleton, Feb. 3. Opening inspection in compliance.

Dunkin’ Donuts, 2999 Bear Creek Blvd., Wilkes Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed wet wiping cloths in prep area, not being stored in sanitizer solution. Cloths were placed in sanitizer solution. Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available or readily accessible in bain marie equipment. Observed peeling paint on the metal ice scoop holders. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required.

Philadelphia Subs N Pizza, 555 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance.

Sonic-Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance.

Taco Bell #28968, 1037 Wilkes-Barre Township Blvd., Wilkes Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations Observed a buildup of soda syrup residue on the surfaces behind the nozzles on the beverage machine. Observed a buildup of dust on the ceiling vents in the prep area.

Dunkin’ Donuts, 28 N Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, Feb. 6. Regular inspection out of compliance. Violations: Liquid filled spray bottle stored on shelf above prep table is not labeled for content. The food facility operator shall be the person in charge or shall designate a person in charge and shall ensure that a person in charge is present at the food facility during all hours of operation. Employee states no one is in charge at this time. Food employee observed eating or chewing gum in food prep area. Food employees observed in food prep area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard covers. Food employee observed exiting facility to make a curb side delivery while wearing food service gloves, then re-entering facility and resuming food prep , no glove change. Thermometers for ensuring proper temperatures of food are not available or readily accessible.

New York Fried Chicken, 2 E. Diamond Ave., Hazleton, Feb. 6. Follow-up inspection in compliance.


Luzerne restaurant inspections Jan. 24 – Feb. 6: mold-like slime, grease buildup

The following are recent Luzerne 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.

Auntie Anne’s #155, 730 Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre, Jan. 24. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: Observed a buildup of syrup residue on the surface around the nozzles on the beverage machine at both locations.

Colarusso’s Cafe, 725 Main St., Avoca, Jan. 24. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Countryside Quik Mart Inc. & Ta-Da Ice Cream Parlor, 48 Harvysville Road, Hunlock Creek, Jan. 24. Complaint inspection in compliance.

Gerrity’s Supermarket #490, 552 Union St., Luzerne, Jan. 24. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Several deli meats and cheeses, a refrigerated, ready-to-eat time temperature control for safety food in the deli case, was date-marked by the facility, but was beyond the 7-day use or sell by date and requires discarding. These items were destroyed by the facility during this inspection. Loose rubber door gaskets observed on the walk-in freezer in the rear right corner of the store that contains ice cream. There is a small amount of ice forming at the base of the door that does not allow the door to close tightly or latch. there is a moderate amount of ice starting to build up on the ceiling near the refrigeration unit. Maintenance is looking into this during this inspection. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. This cutting board is located on the bain marie in the Deli department. No sign or poster posted at the hand wash sinks in the employee restrooms off of the employee break room to remind food employees to wash their hands. Signs were posted during this inspection.

Hissho Sushi, 552 Union St., Luzerne, Jan. 24. Regular inspection in compliance.

Amelia’s Diner, 145 N. Memorial Highway, Shavertown, Jan. 25. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed a buildup of a white mineral deposit like residue on the edge of the chute of the ice machine dispenser. Corrected on site. Floor tiles in the Kitchen are broken, pieces missing or with gaps/broken edges between tiles. The floor is no longer smooth and easily cleanable.

Kingston Active Adult Center, 335 3rd Ave. Kingston, Jan. 25. Regular inspection in compliance.

Morgan Hills Golf Course, 219 Hunlock Harveyville Road, Hunlock Creek, Jan. 25. 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 FEC posted expired 2/16/2016. The owner stated that she and a cook have taken the course and passed but did not print out the certificates and post them. The owner will print out the certificates and scan and email or take a picture and text to this inspector. The owner may also fax or mail copies to the Region 3 Field Office within 10 days. Food facility has an original certificate posted, but the location is not conspicuous for public viewing.

Tiffany Court, 700 Northampton St., Kingston, Jan. 25, Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Facility does not have available test strips or Max temp thermometer to test water temperature of the High Temp Mechanical dish machine. The drip edge of the ice deflector plate inside of the ice machine, a food contact surface, was observed to have a small amount of mold-like slime forming and was not clean to sight and touch. The ice machine was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection

American Legion #477, 203 Vine St., Pittston, Jan. 26. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Bari Pizza & Subs, 26 Laurel St., Pittston, Jan. 26. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Big Lots #1177, 560 Union St., Luzerne, Jan. 26. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: No sign or poster posted at the hand-wash sink in the men’s restroom area to remind food employees to wash their hands. A sign was placed during this inspection

Murphy’s, 347 Slocum St., Swoyersville, Jan. 26. Follow-up inspection in compliance. Violations: Food facility has an employee who held a Certified Food Manager certificate however, the certificate has expired on 8/8/16. The owner stated that he is registered to take the course in February. Facility has 90 days to get an employee certified and will email this inspector or fax/mail a copy of the certificate to the Region 3 field office when received. Several floor tiles cracked and/or missing in kitchen. Areas without tile have exposed wooden surfaces which are not smooth and easily cleanable. Owners stated that he has purchased tile to replace the broken missing tiles in the kitchen.

Polish Falcons of America. Nest 163, 134 Main St., Mocanaqua, Jan. 26. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: The ware-wash sink has a hose attachment that is hanging below the flood rim of the sink and not an appropriate air gap.

Red Rooster, 2407 Route 118, Hunlock Creek, Jan. 26. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Common cup (stainless steel) bowl without handle is being used for dispensing flour stored inside of the bulk flour bin. The bowl was replaced with a handled scoop during this inspection. Observed containerized food stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler, walk-in freezer, and dry storage areas, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. The food items were elevated during this inspection. Several ceiling tiles that are sagging/out of the tracking above the cook line and refrigeration units in the kitchen. Owner stated she is planning on replacing the whole ceiling. Hood filters above cook line have a buildup of grease and in need of cleaning. Owner had cleaning scheduled for next week prior to this inspection.

Bear Creek Cafe, 98 White Haven Road, Bear Creek, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed containers of various liquids in the kitchen area not labeled with the common name. Containers were labeled. Observed webbing on the storage shelves in the basement.

Deer Oak Lounge, 1869 Route 239, Stillwater, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance.

Fox Hill Country Club, Tunkhannock Ave., West Pittston. Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Food facility using rodent bait placed in bait station which was not covered and tamper resistant. Bait was discarded. Observed a buildup of pink residues in the vent on the dish machine. Door located in the basement of the food facility has a gap and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.

Irem Clubhouse, 64 Ridgeway Drive, Suite 2, Dallas, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: All inside surfaces of the microwave oven, a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The microwave was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. Observed an accumulation of grease and dried food splatter on the bottom outside surface of the gear housing on the floor stand mixer. The mixer was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection.

Northmoreland Fire Co., 1618 Demunds Road, Dallas, Jan. 27. Opening inspection in compliance.

Oscar’s Bar & Lounge, 285-287 S. River St., Plains Township, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed slime and mold in bottles of drink mixes and containers of ingredients in the bar area and refrigerator. Items were discarded. Small flies observed in 25 bottles of liquor. Bottles were discarded. Mechanical glass washer had a mold-like buildup observed inside. Observed 25+ rodent like droppings under bar and in kitchen area.

Pen-Mart/Jay’s Famous, 3970 Memorial Highway, Dallas, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance.

Edible Arrangements #1255, 336 East End Center, Wilkes Barre, Jan. 30. Opening inspection in compliance. Violation: Toilet rooms do not have a self-closing door.

Meliza Supermarket, 600 Alter St., Hazleton, Jan. 30. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Pittston Diner, 335 Laurel St., Pittston, Jan. 31. Follow-up inspection in compliance. Violation: Mechanical ware-washing equipment had a mineral buildup observed inside.

Primo Hoagies, 33 B. West Side Mall, Kingston, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed containerized foods stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Food items were elevated off floor during this inspection. The exit door located between the office and restrooms has a gap with visible light at the floor/door junction,and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.

S&M Mart LLC, 419 E. Broad St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: Ceiling and evaporator in walk-in cooler have buildup of static dust.

Save-A-Lot, 536 W. Broad St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Complaint Inspection in compliance.

Vito’s Bistro, 434 N. Main St., Pittston, Jan. 31. Regular inspection out of compliance. Violations: Commercially processed refrigerated, ready-to-eat, time/temperature control for safety food, located in the walk in cooler, 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 walk-in cooler, is not being date marked. The person in charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection. Food employees observed in prep area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets or hats. A food employee was observed touching deli meat, a ready-to-eat food – with bare hands. Foods were removed from use. Observed multiple in-use food ingredient containers not labeled with the name of the contents. Observed containers of food stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Observed flaking rust on the wire shelves in the walk-in cooler. Faucet on 3-compartment sink is short and does not reach all compartments. Person in charge is using a container to fill sinks until longer faucet can be installed. Observed a buildup of food residue on the shelves in the walk-in cooler. Observed a buildup of dust and grease on the hoods above the cooking area. Equipment food contact surfaces and utensils are not being immersed for a minimum of 10 seconds in the chlorine sanitizing compartment of the manual ware-washing sink. Discussed proper sanitizing procedure and provided handout.

Wyoming Mart, 901 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance.

Battered Mug, 178 S. Pine St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Jan. 31. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

C&P Convenient Mart, 118 E. Chestnut St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Food employees observed in deli area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard covers. Store made sandwiches held 8 hours are not labeled, no ingredient information at point of sale. Three-compartment sink has buildup of grime in basins. Cleaned during inspection.

Carriage Stop Plaza, 2500 E. End Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, Jan. 31. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Crystal Barbecue, 44 E. Broad St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Change of owner inspection in compliance.

Gertrude Hawk Chocolates, 125 Laurel Mall, Hazle Township, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance.

J&J Fish & Meat Market, 117 N. Wyoming St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Lights are not shielded or shatter proof above fresh fish display and above prep sink in rear room. Fan guard in walk-in cooler has buildup of static dust.

Lombardo’s Market Inc., 39 Pittston Ave., Yatesville, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed in-use knives stored between table edges or between tables, an area not easily cleanable & sanitized. Knives were removed and placed in sink to be cleaned and sanitized. Time in lieu of temperature being used in the food facility to controlready-to-eat potentially hazardous foods without written procedures or documentation to verify disposition of food. Discussed documentation with Person in charge who stated that proper procedures will be implemented. Grab and go prepackaged sandwiches not labeled properly with the full ingredient statement. Observed a buildup of dust on the fan guard in the walk in cooler. Floor in the employee restroom is deteriorating and needs to be repaired.

Old Beijing Chinese Restaurant, 752 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Scoops stored in two of four bulk ingredient containers with the handles in direct contact with the ingredients. This was corrected during this inspection. Observed containerized food stored directly on the floor in walk-in freezer, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. The containers of food were elevated off of the floor during this inspection. Shrimp, beef and chicken were held at 46 to 48 degrees F, in the bain marie, rather than 41 degrees F or below as required. After calibrating dial stem thermometer in ice water (which was 32 dgrees F and confirmed by person in charge), the food temperatures was temperatures remained between 46 and 48 degrees F. It was determined that the food items were taken from the walk-in cooler and placed into the bain marie approx. 2 hours earlier. The thermostat was turned down on the bain marie during this inspection. After 25 minutes the repeat temperatures were 38 to 39 degrees F. Bain marie not maintaining food at a temperature of 41 degrees F or below. The thermostat was adjusted and now holding a temperature of 38 degrees F Observed a buildup static dust on the fan guard inside of the Snapple refrigeration unit. Mops are not being hung to air dry.

Ollie’s, 84 S. Wyoming Ave., Edwardsville, Jan. 31. Complaint inspection in compliance.

Legacy Baking Co., 20 Luzerne, West Pittston, Feb. 1. Opening inspection in compliance. Violations: Bulk ingredient storage containers not labeled with the common name of the food. Person in charge labeled containers. Restroom is not provided with a covered waste receptacle for sanitary napkins. Rest room does not have a self-closing door.

Mcilwees Lunch, 141 W. Market St., Scranton, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance.

Morgan’s Butcher Shop, 106 Butler St., Pittston, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Commercially processed refrigerated, ready-to-eat, time/temperature control for safety food, located in the deli case, and held more than 24 hours, is not being marked with the date it was opened. Provided information. Grab and go products (salads, meats) not properly labeled with the name of the product and ingredient statement. Observed peeling coating on the shelves in the walk-in cooler. The surface of the walls inside the walk-in cooler are flaking and rusted. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Flooring in areas of the facility is not smooth and easily cleanable. Lights are not shielded or shatter proof over the case refrigeration unit. Rest room does not have a self-closing door.

Pazzo Restaurant, 2011 Route 315, Pittston, Feb 1. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Rich and Charlotte’s, 2205 Lakeside Drive, Harveys Lake, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Food facility had an original certificate posted, but it is lost and was not posted in public view. Owner took course in 2015 but the posted certificate is now missing and he is unsure what happened to it as he had it hanging on wall. Owner to Print or contact ServeSafe and obtain another certificate to hang in public view. He lost his wallet last week and so he does not have the wallet size card that he had during inspection last year to post in interim. Not all in-use refrigeration units have thermometers to ensure proper temperatures are maintained. Observed a buildup of grease on the stainless steel wall covering behind the fryer and is in need of cleaning. The hand-wash sink in the prep area was blocked by a tub of Christmas decorations and not accessible at all times for employee use. The Christmas decorations were moved during this inspection.

Wilkes-Barre Area Career & Technical Center, 350 Jumper Road, Wilkes-Barre, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed a buildup of ice on cases of food in the walk-in freezer. Food employee observed towel drying food equipment after cleaning.

Chini El Viejo MFF4, 700 W. Broad St., Hazleton, Feb. 3. Opening inspection in compliance.

Dunkin’ Donuts, 2999 Bear Creek Blvd., Wilkes Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed wet wiping cloths in prep area, not being stored in sanitizer solution. Cloths were placed in sanitizer solution. Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available or readily accessible in bain marie equipment. Observed peeling paint on the metal ice scoop holders. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required.

Philadelphia Subs N Pizza, 555 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance.

Sonic-Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance.

Taco Bell #28968, 1037 Wilkes-Barre Township Blvd., Wilkes Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations Observed a buildup of soda syrup residue on the surfaces behind the nozzles on the beverage machine. Observed a buildup of dust on the ceiling vents in the prep area.

Dunkin’ Donuts, 28 N Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, Feb. 6. Regular inspection out of compliance. Violations: Liquid filled spray bottle stored on shelf above prep table is not labeled for content. The food facility operator shall be the person in charge or shall designate a person in charge and shall ensure that a person in charge is present at the food facility during all hours of operation. Employee states no one is in charge at this time. Food employee observed eating or chewing gum in food prep area. Food employees observed in food prep area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard covers. Food employee observed exiting facility to make a curb side delivery while wearing food service gloves, then re-entering facility and resuming food prep , no glove change. Thermometers for ensuring proper temperatures of food are not available or readily accessible.

New York Fried Chicken, 2 E. Diamond Ave., Hazleton, Feb. 6. Follow-up inspection in compliance.


Luzerne restaurant inspections Jan. 24 – Feb. 6: mold-like slime, grease buildup

The following are recent Luzerne 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.

Auntie Anne’s #155, 730 Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre, Jan. 24. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: Observed a buildup of syrup residue on the surface around the nozzles on the beverage machine at both locations.

Colarusso’s Cafe, 725 Main St., Avoca, Jan. 24. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Countryside Quik Mart Inc. & Ta-Da Ice Cream Parlor, 48 Harvysville Road, Hunlock Creek, Jan. 24. Complaint inspection in compliance.

Gerrity’s Supermarket #490, 552 Union St., Luzerne, Jan. 24. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Several deli meats and cheeses, a refrigerated, ready-to-eat time temperature control for safety food in the deli case, was date-marked by the facility, but was beyond the 7-day use or sell by date and requires discarding. These items were destroyed by the facility during this inspection. Loose rubber door gaskets observed on the walk-in freezer in the rear right corner of the store that contains ice cream. There is a small amount of ice forming at the base of the door that does not allow the door to close tightly or latch. there is a moderate amount of ice starting to build up on the ceiling near the refrigeration unit. Maintenance is looking into this during this inspection. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. This cutting board is located on the bain marie in the Deli department. No sign or poster posted at the hand wash sinks in the employee restrooms off of the employee break room to remind food employees to wash their hands. Signs were posted during this inspection.

Hissho Sushi, 552 Union St., Luzerne, Jan. 24. Regular inspection in compliance.

Amelia’s Diner, 145 N. Memorial Highway, Shavertown, Jan. 25. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed a buildup of a white mineral deposit like residue on the edge of the chute of the ice machine dispenser. Corrected on site. Floor tiles in the Kitchen are broken, pieces missing or with gaps/broken edges between tiles. The floor is no longer smooth and easily cleanable.

Kingston Active Adult Center, 335 3rd Ave. Kingston, Jan. 25. Regular inspection in compliance.

Morgan Hills Golf Course, 219 Hunlock Harveyville Road, Hunlock Creek, Jan. 25. 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 FEC posted expired 2/16/2016. The owner stated that she and a cook have taken the course and passed but did not print out the certificates and post them. The owner will print out the certificates and scan and email or take a picture and text to this inspector. The owner may also fax or mail copies to the Region 3 Field Office within 10 days. Food facility has an original certificate posted, but the location is not conspicuous for public viewing.

Tiffany Court, 700 Northampton St., Kingston, Jan. 25, Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Facility does not have available test strips or Max temp thermometer to test water temperature of the High Temp Mechanical dish machine. The drip edge of the ice deflector plate inside of the ice machine, a food contact surface, was observed to have a small amount of mold-like slime forming and was not clean to sight and touch. The ice machine was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection

American Legion #477, 203 Vine St., Pittston, Jan. 26. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Bari Pizza & Subs, 26 Laurel St., Pittston, Jan. 26. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Big Lots #1177, 560 Union St., Luzerne, Jan. 26. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: No sign or poster posted at the hand-wash sink in the men’s restroom area to remind food employees to wash their hands. A sign was placed during this inspection

Murphy’s, 347 Slocum St., Swoyersville, Jan. 26. Follow-up inspection in compliance. Violations: Food facility has an employee who held a Certified Food Manager certificate however, the certificate has expired on 8/8/16. The owner stated that he is registered to take the course in February. Facility has 90 days to get an employee certified and will email this inspector or fax/mail a copy of the certificate to the Region 3 field office when received. Several floor tiles cracked and/or missing in kitchen. Areas without tile have exposed wooden surfaces which are not smooth and easily cleanable. Owners stated that he has purchased tile to replace the broken missing tiles in the kitchen.

Polish Falcons of America. Nest 163, 134 Main St., Mocanaqua, Jan. 26. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: The ware-wash sink has a hose attachment that is hanging below the flood rim of the sink and not an appropriate air gap.

Red Rooster, 2407 Route 118, Hunlock Creek, Jan. 26. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Common cup (stainless steel) bowl without handle is being used for dispensing flour stored inside of the bulk flour bin. The bowl was replaced with a handled scoop during this inspection. Observed containerized food stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler, walk-in freezer, and dry storage areas, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. The food items were elevated during this inspection. Several ceiling tiles that are sagging/out of the tracking above the cook line and refrigeration units in the kitchen. Owner stated she is planning on replacing the whole ceiling. Hood filters above cook line have a buildup of grease and in need of cleaning. Owner had cleaning scheduled for next week prior to this inspection.

Bear Creek Cafe, 98 White Haven Road, Bear Creek, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed containers of various liquids in the kitchen area not labeled with the common name. Containers were labeled. Observed webbing on the storage shelves in the basement.

Deer Oak Lounge, 1869 Route 239, Stillwater, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance.

Fox Hill Country Club, Tunkhannock Ave., West Pittston. Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Food facility using rodent bait placed in bait station which was not covered and tamper resistant. Bait was discarded. Observed a buildup of pink residues in the vent on the dish machine. Door located in the basement of the food facility has a gap and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.

Irem Clubhouse, 64 Ridgeway Drive, Suite 2, Dallas, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: All inside surfaces of the microwave oven, a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The microwave was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. Observed an accumulation of grease and dried food splatter on the bottom outside surface of the gear housing on the floor stand mixer. The mixer was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection.

Northmoreland Fire Co., 1618 Demunds Road, Dallas, Jan. 27. Opening inspection in compliance.

Oscar’s Bar & Lounge, 285-287 S. River St., Plains Township, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed slime and mold in bottles of drink mixes and containers of ingredients in the bar area and refrigerator. Items were discarded. Small flies observed in 25 bottles of liquor. Bottles were discarded. Mechanical glass washer had a mold-like buildup observed inside. Observed 25+ rodent like droppings under bar and in kitchen area.

Pen-Mart/Jay’s Famous, 3970 Memorial Highway, Dallas, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance.

Edible Arrangements #1255, 336 East End Center, Wilkes Barre, Jan. 30. Opening inspection in compliance. Violation: Toilet rooms do not have a self-closing door.

Meliza Supermarket, 600 Alter St., Hazleton, Jan. 30. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Pittston Diner, 335 Laurel St., Pittston, Jan. 31. Follow-up inspection in compliance. Violation: Mechanical ware-washing equipment had a mineral buildup observed inside.

Primo Hoagies, 33 B. West Side Mall, Kingston, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed containerized foods stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Food items were elevated off floor during this inspection. The exit door located between the office and restrooms has a gap with visible light at the floor/door junction,and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.

S&M Mart LLC, 419 E. Broad St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: Ceiling and evaporator in walk-in cooler have buildup of static dust.

Save-A-Lot, 536 W. Broad St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Complaint Inspection in compliance.

Vito’s Bistro, 434 N. Main St., Pittston, Jan. 31. Regular inspection out of compliance. Violations: Commercially processed refrigerated, ready-to-eat, time/temperature control for safety food, located in the walk in cooler, 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 walk-in cooler, is not being date marked. The person in charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection. Food employees observed in prep area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets or hats. A food employee was observed touching deli meat, a ready-to-eat food – with bare hands. Foods were removed from use. Observed multiple in-use food ingredient containers not labeled with the name of the contents. Observed containers of food stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Observed flaking rust on the wire shelves in the walk-in cooler. Faucet on 3-compartment sink is short and does not reach all compartments. Person in charge is using a container to fill sinks until longer faucet can be installed. Observed a buildup of food residue on the shelves in the walk-in cooler. Observed a buildup of dust and grease on the hoods above the cooking area. Equipment food contact surfaces and utensils are not being immersed for a minimum of 10 seconds in the chlorine sanitizing compartment of the manual ware-washing sink. Discussed proper sanitizing procedure and provided handout.

Wyoming Mart, 901 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance.

Battered Mug, 178 S. Pine St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Jan. 31. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

C&P Convenient Mart, 118 E. Chestnut St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Food employees observed in deli area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard covers. Store made sandwiches held 8 hours are not labeled, no ingredient information at point of sale. Three-compartment sink has buildup of grime in basins. Cleaned during inspection.

Carriage Stop Plaza, 2500 E. End Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, Jan. 31. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Crystal Barbecue, 44 E. Broad St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Change of owner inspection in compliance.

Gertrude Hawk Chocolates, 125 Laurel Mall, Hazle Township, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance.

J&J Fish & Meat Market, 117 N. Wyoming St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Lights are not shielded or shatter proof above fresh fish display and above prep sink in rear room. Fan guard in walk-in cooler has buildup of static dust.

Lombardo’s Market Inc., 39 Pittston Ave., Yatesville, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed in-use knives stored between table edges or between tables, an area not easily cleanable & sanitized. Knives were removed and placed in sink to be cleaned and sanitized. Time in lieu of temperature being used in the food facility to controlready-to-eat potentially hazardous foods without written procedures or documentation to verify disposition of food. Discussed documentation with Person in charge who stated that proper procedures will be implemented. Grab and go prepackaged sandwiches not labeled properly with the full ingredient statement. Observed a buildup of dust on the fan guard in the walk in cooler. Floor in the employee restroom is deteriorating and needs to be repaired.

Old Beijing Chinese Restaurant, 752 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Scoops stored in two of four bulk ingredient containers with the handles in direct contact with the ingredients. This was corrected during this inspection. Observed containerized food stored directly on the floor in walk-in freezer, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. The containers of food were elevated off of the floor during this inspection. Shrimp, beef and chicken were held at 46 to 48 degrees F, in the bain marie, rather than 41 degrees F or below as required. After calibrating dial stem thermometer in ice water (which was 32 dgrees F and confirmed by person in charge), the food temperatures was temperatures remained between 46 and 48 degrees F. It was determined that the food items were taken from the walk-in cooler and placed into the bain marie approx. 2 hours earlier. The thermostat was turned down on the bain marie during this inspection. After 25 minutes the repeat temperatures were 38 to 39 degrees F. Bain marie not maintaining food at a temperature of 41 degrees F or below. The thermostat was adjusted and now holding a temperature of 38 degrees F Observed a buildup static dust on the fan guard inside of the Snapple refrigeration unit. Mops are not being hung to air dry.

Ollie’s, 84 S. Wyoming Ave., Edwardsville, Jan. 31. Complaint inspection in compliance.

Legacy Baking Co., 20 Luzerne, West Pittston, Feb. 1. Opening inspection in compliance. Violations: Bulk ingredient storage containers not labeled with the common name of the food. Person in charge labeled containers. Restroom is not provided with a covered waste receptacle for sanitary napkins. Rest room does not have a self-closing door.

Mcilwees Lunch, 141 W. Market St., Scranton, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance.

Morgan’s Butcher Shop, 106 Butler St., Pittston, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Commercially processed refrigerated, ready-to-eat, time/temperature control for safety food, located in the deli case, and held more than 24 hours, is not being marked with the date it was opened. Provided information. Grab and go products (salads, meats) not properly labeled with the name of the product and ingredient statement. Observed peeling coating on the shelves in the walk-in cooler. The surface of the walls inside the walk-in cooler are flaking and rusted. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Flooring in areas of the facility is not smooth and easily cleanable. Lights are not shielded or shatter proof over the case refrigeration unit. Rest room does not have a self-closing door.

Pazzo Restaurant, 2011 Route 315, Pittston, Feb 1. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Rich and Charlotte’s, 2205 Lakeside Drive, Harveys Lake, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Food facility had an original certificate posted, but it is lost and was not posted in public view. Owner took course in 2015 but the posted certificate is now missing and he is unsure what happened to it as he had it hanging on wall. Owner to Print or contact ServeSafe and obtain another certificate to hang in public view. He lost his wallet last week and so he does not have the wallet size card that he had during inspection last year to post in interim. Not all in-use refrigeration units have thermometers to ensure proper temperatures are maintained. Observed a buildup of grease on the stainless steel wall covering behind the fryer and is in need of cleaning. The hand-wash sink in the prep area was blocked by a tub of Christmas decorations and not accessible at all times for employee use. The Christmas decorations were moved during this inspection.

Wilkes-Barre Area Career & Technical Center, 350 Jumper Road, Wilkes-Barre, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed a buildup of ice on cases of food in the walk-in freezer. Food employee observed towel drying food equipment after cleaning.

Chini El Viejo MFF4, 700 W. Broad St., Hazleton, Feb. 3. Opening inspection in compliance.

Dunkin’ Donuts, 2999 Bear Creek Blvd., Wilkes Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed wet wiping cloths in prep area, not being stored in sanitizer solution. Cloths were placed in sanitizer solution. Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available or readily accessible in bain marie equipment. Observed peeling paint on the metal ice scoop holders. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required.

Philadelphia Subs N Pizza, 555 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance.

Sonic-Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance.

Taco Bell #28968, 1037 Wilkes-Barre Township Blvd., Wilkes Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations Observed a buildup of soda syrup residue on the surfaces behind the nozzles on the beverage machine. Observed a buildup of dust on the ceiling vents in the prep area.

Dunkin’ Donuts, 28 N Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, Feb. 6. Regular inspection out of compliance. Violations: Liquid filled spray bottle stored on shelf above prep table is not labeled for content. The food facility operator shall be the person in charge or shall designate a person in charge and shall ensure that a person in charge is present at the food facility during all hours of operation. Employee states no one is in charge at this time. Food employee observed eating or chewing gum in food prep area. Food employees observed in food prep area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard covers. Food employee observed exiting facility to make a curb side delivery while wearing food service gloves, then re-entering facility and resuming food prep , no glove change. Thermometers for ensuring proper temperatures of food are not available or readily accessible.

New York Fried Chicken, 2 E. Diamond Ave., Hazleton, Feb. 6. Follow-up inspection in compliance.


Luzerne restaurant inspections Jan. 24 – Feb. 6: mold-like slime, grease buildup

The following are recent Luzerne 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.

Auntie Anne’s #155, 730 Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre, Jan. 24. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: Observed a buildup of syrup residue on the surface around the nozzles on the beverage machine at both locations.

Colarusso’s Cafe, 725 Main St., Avoca, Jan. 24. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Countryside Quik Mart Inc. & Ta-Da Ice Cream Parlor, 48 Harvysville Road, Hunlock Creek, Jan. 24. Complaint inspection in compliance.

Gerrity’s Supermarket #490, 552 Union St., Luzerne, Jan. 24. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Several deli meats and cheeses, a refrigerated, ready-to-eat time temperature control for safety food in the deli case, was date-marked by the facility, but was beyond the 7-day use or sell by date and requires discarding. These items were destroyed by the facility during this inspection. Loose rubber door gaskets observed on the walk-in freezer in the rear right corner of the store that contains ice cream. There is a small amount of ice forming at the base of the door that does not allow the door to close tightly or latch. there is a moderate amount of ice starting to build up on the ceiling near the refrigeration unit. Maintenance is looking into this during this inspection. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. This cutting board is located on the bain marie in the Deli department. No sign or poster posted at the hand wash sinks in the employee restrooms off of the employee break room to remind food employees to wash their hands. Signs were posted during this inspection.

Hissho Sushi, 552 Union St., Luzerne, Jan. 24. Regular inspection in compliance.

Amelia’s Diner, 145 N. Memorial Highway, Shavertown, Jan. 25. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed a buildup of a white mineral deposit like residue on the edge of the chute of the ice machine dispenser. Corrected on site. Floor tiles in the Kitchen are broken, pieces missing or with gaps/broken edges between tiles. The floor is no longer smooth and easily cleanable.

Kingston Active Adult Center, 335 3rd Ave. Kingston, Jan. 25. Regular inspection in compliance.

Morgan Hills Golf Course, 219 Hunlock Harveyville Road, Hunlock Creek, Jan. 25. 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 FEC posted expired 2/16/2016. The owner stated that she and a cook have taken the course and passed but did not print out the certificates and post them. The owner will print out the certificates and scan and email or take a picture and text to this inspector. The owner may also fax or mail copies to the Region 3 Field Office within 10 days. Food facility has an original certificate posted, but the location is not conspicuous for public viewing.

Tiffany Court, 700 Northampton St., Kingston, Jan. 25, Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Facility does not have available test strips or Max temp thermometer to test water temperature of the High Temp Mechanical dish machine. The drip edge of the ice deflector plate inside of the ice machine, a food contact surface, was observed to have a small amount of mold-like slime forming and was not clean to sight and touch. The ice machine was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection

American Legion #477, 203 Vine St., Pittston, Jan. 26. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Bari Pizza & Subs, 26 Laurel St., Pittston, Jan. 26. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Big Lots #1177, 560 Union St., Luzerne, Jan. 26. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: No sign or poster posted at the hand-wash sink in the men’s restroom area to remind food employees to wash their hands. A sign was placed during this inspection

Murphy’s, 347 Slocum St., Swoyersville, Jan. 26. Follow-up inspection in compliance. Violations: Food facility has an employee who held a Certified Food Manager certificate however, the certificate has expired on 8/8/16. The owner stated that he is registered to take the course in February. Facility has 90 days to get an employee certified and will email this inspector or fax/mail a copy of the certificate to the Region 3 field office when received. Several floor tiles cracked and/or missing in kitchen. Areas without tile have exposed wooden surfaces which are not smooth and easily cleanable. Owners stated that he has purchased tile to replace the broken missing tiles in the kitchen.

Polish Falcons of America. Nest 163, 134 Main St., Mocanaqua, Jan. 26. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: The ware-wash sink has a hose attachment that is hanging below the flood rim of the sink and not an appropriate air gap.

Red Rooster, 2407 Route 118, Hunlock Creek, Jan. 26. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Common cup (stainless steel) bowl without handle is being used for dispensing flour stored inside of the bulk flour bin. The bowl was replaced with a handled scoop during this inspection. Observed containerized food stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler, walk-in freezer, and dry storage areas, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. The food items were elevated during this inspection. Several ceiling tiles that are sagging/out of the tracking above the cook line and refrigeration units in the kitchen. Owner stated she is planning on replacing the whole ceiling. Hood filters above cook line have a buildup of grease and in need of cleaning. Owner had cleaning scheduled for next week prior to this inspection.

Bear Creek Cafe, 98 White Haven Road, Bear Creek, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed containers of various liquids in the kitchen area not labeled with the common name. Containers were labeled. Observed webbing on the storage shelves in the basement.

Deer Oak Lounge, 1869 Route 239, Stillwater, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance.

Fox Hill Country Club, Tunkhannock Ave., West Pittston. Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Food facility using rodent bait placed in bait station which was not covered and tamper resistant. Bait was discarded. Observed a buildup of pink residues in the vent on the dish machine. Door located in the basement of the food facility has a gap and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.

Irem Clubhouse, 64 Ridgeway Drive, Suite 2, Dallas, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: All inside surfaces of the microwave oven, a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The microwave was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. Observed an accumulation of grease and dried food splatter on the bottom outside surface of the gear housing on the floor stand mixer. The mixer was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection.

Northmoreland Fire Co., 1618 Demunds Road, Dallas, Jan. 27. Opening inspection in compliance.

Oscar’s Bar & Lounge, 285-287 S. River St., Plains Township, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed slime and mold in bottles of drink mixes and containers of ingredients in the bar area and refrigerator. Items were discarded. Small flies observed in 25 bottles of liquor. Bottles were discarded. Mechanical glass washer had a mold-like buildup observed inside. Observed 25+ rodent like droppings under bar and in kitchen area.

Pen-Mart/Jay’s Famous, 3970 Memorial Highway, Dallas, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance.

Edible Arrangements #1255, 336 East End Center, Wilkes Barre, Jan. 30. Opening inspection in compliance. Violation: Toilet rooms do not have a self-closing door.

Meliza Supermarket, 600 Alter St., Hazleton, Jan. 30. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Pittston Diner, 335 Laurel St., Pittston, Jan. 31. Follow-up inspection in compliance. Violation: Mechanical ware-washing equipment had a mineral buildup observed inside.

Primo Hoagies, 33 B. West Side Mall, Kingston, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed containerized foods stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Food items were elevated off floor during this inspection. The exit door located between the office and restrooms has a gap with visible light at the floor/door junction,and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.

S&M Mart LLC, 419 E. Broad St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: Ceiling and evaporator in walk-in cooler have buildup of static dust.

Save-A-Lot, 536 W. Broad St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Complaint Inspection in compliance.

Vito’s Bistro, 434 N. Main St., Pittston, Jan. 31. Regular inspection out of compliance. Violations: Commercially processed refrigerated, ready-to-eat, time/temperature control for safety food, located in the walk in cooler, 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 walk-in cooler, is not being date marked. The person in charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection. Food employees observed in prep area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets or hats. A food employee was observed touching deli meat, a ready-to-eat food – with bare hands. Foods were removed from use. Observed multiple in-use food ingredient containers not labeled with the name of the contents. Observed containers of food stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Observed flaking rust on the wire shelves in the walk-in cooler. Faucet on 3-compartment sink is short and does not reach all compartments. Person in charge is using a container to fill sinks until longer faucet can be installed. Observed a buildup of food residue on the shelves in the walk-in cooler. Observed a buildup of dust and grease on the hoods above the cooking area. Equipment food contact surfaces and utensils are not being immersed for a minimum of 10 seconds in the chlorine sanitizing compartment of the manual ware-washing sink. Discussed proper sanitizing procedure and provided handout.

Wyoming Mart, 901 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance.

Battered Mug, 178 S. Pine St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Jan. 31. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

C&P Convenient Mart, 118 E. Chestnut St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Food employees observed in deli area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard covers. Store made sandwiches held 8 hours are not labeled, no ingredient information at point of sale. Three-compartment sink has buildup of grime in basins. Cleaned during inspection.

Carriage Stop Plaza, 2500 E. End Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, Jan. 31. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Crystal Barbecue, 44 E. Broad St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Change of owner inspection in compliance.

Gertrude Hawk Chocolates, 125 Laurel Mall, Hazle Township, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance.

J&J Fish & Meat Market, 117 N. Wyoming St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Lights are not shielded or shatter proof above fresh fish display and above prep sink in rear room. Fan guard in walk-in cooler has buildup of static dust.

Lombardo’s Market Inc., 39 Pittston Ave., Yatesville, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed in-use knives stored between table edges or between tables, an area not easily cleanable & sanitized. Knives were removed and placed in sink to be cleaned and sanitized. Time in lieu of temperature being used in the food facility to controlready-to-eat potentially hazardous foods without written procedures or documentation to verify disposition of food. Discussed documentation with Person in charge who stated that proper procedures will be implemented. Grab and go prepackaged sandwiches not labeled properly with the full ingredient statement. Observed a buildup of dust on the fan guard in the walk in cooler. Floor in the employee restroom is deteriorating and needs to be repaired.

Old Beijing Chinese Restaurant, 752 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Scoops stored in two of four bulk ingredient containers with the handles in direct contact with the ingredients. This was corrected during this inspection. Observed containerized food stored directly on the floor in walk-in freezer, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. The containers of food were elevated off of the floor during this inspection. Shrimp, beef and chicken were held at 46 to 48 degrees F, in the bain marie, rather than 41 degrees F or below as required. After calibrating dial stem thermometer in ice water (which was 32 dgrees F and confirmed by person in charge), the food temperatures was temperatures remained between 46 and 48 degrees F. It was determined that the food items were taken from the walk-in cooler and placed into the bain marie approx. 2 hours earlier. The thermostat was turned down on the bain marie during this inspection. After 25 minutes the repeat temperatures were 38 to 39 degrees F. Bain marie not maintaining food at a temperature of 41 degrees F or below. The thermostat was adjusted and now holding a temperature of 38 degrees F Observed a buildup static dust on the fan guard inside of the Snapple refrigeration unit. Mops are not being hung to air dry.

Ollie’s, 84 S. Wyoming Ave., Edwardsville, Jan. 31. Complaint inspection in compliance.

Legacy Baking Co., 20 Luzerne, West Pittston, Feb. 1. Opening inspection in compliance. Violations: Bulk ingredient storage containers not labeled with the common name of the food. Person in charge labeled containers. Restroom is not provided with a covered waste receptacle for sanitary napkins. Rest room does not have a self-closing door.

Mcilwees Lunch, 141 W. Market St., Scranton, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance.

Morgan’s Butcher Shop, 106 Butler St., Pittston, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Commercially processed refrigerated, ready-to-eat, time/temperature control for safety food, located in the deli case, and held more than 24 hours, is not being marked with the date it was opened. Provided information. Grab and go products (salads, meats) not properly labeled with the name of the product and ingredient statement. Observed peeling coating on the shelves in the walk-in cooler. The surface of the walls inside the walk-in cooler are flaking and rusted. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Flooring in areas of the facility is not smooth and easily cleanable. Lights are not shielded or shatter proof over the case refrigeration unit. Rest room does not have a self-closing door.

Pazzo Restaurant, 2011 Route 315, Pittston, Feb 1. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Rich and Charlotte’s, 2205 Lakeside Drive, Harveys Lake, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Food facility had an original certificate posted, but it is lost and was not posted in public view. Owner took course in 2015 but the posted certificate is now missing and he is unsure what happened to it as he had it hanging on wall. Owner to Print or contact ServeSafe and obtain another certificate to hang in public view. He lost his wallet last week and so he does not have the wallet size card that he had during inspection last year to post in interim. Not all in-use refrigeration units have thermometers to ensure proper temperatures are maintained. Observed a buildup of grease on the stainless steel wall covering behind the fryer and is in need of cleaning. The hand-wash sink in the prep area was blocked by a tub of Christmas decorations and not accessible at all times for employee use. The Christmas decorations were moved during this inspection.

Wilkes-Barre Area Career & Technical Center, 350 Jumper Road, Wilkes-Barre, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed a buildup of ice on cases of food in the walk-in freezer. Food employee observed towel drying food equipment after cleaning.

Chini El Viejo MFF4, 700 W. Broad St., Hazleton, Feb. 3. Opening inspection in compliance.

Dunkin’ Donuts, 2999 Bear Creek Blvd., Wilkes Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed wet wiping cloths in prep area, not being stored in sanitizer solution. Cloths were placed in sanitizer solution. Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available or readily accessible in bain marie equipment. Observed peeling paint on the metal ice scoop holders. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required.

Philadelphia Subs N Pizza, 555 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance.

Sonic-Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance.

Taco Bell #28968, 1037 Wilkes-Barre Township Blvd., Wilkes Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations Observed a buildup of soda syrup residue on the surfaces behind the nozzles on the beverage machine. Observed a buildup of dust on the ceiling vents in the prep area.

Dunkin’ Donuts, 28 N Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, Feb. 6. Regular inspection out of compliance. Violations: Liquid filled spray bottle stored on shelf above prep table is not labeled for content. The food facility operator shall be the person in charge or shall designate a person in charge and shall ensure that a person in charge is present at the food facility during all hours of operation. Employee states no one is in charge at this time. Food employee observed eating or chewing gum in food prep area. Food employees observed in food prep area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard covers. Food employee observed exiting facility to make a curb side delivery while wearing food service gloves, then re-entering facility and resuming food prep , no glove change. Thermometers for ensuring proper temperatures of food are not available or readily accessible.

New York Fried Chicken, 2 E. Diamond Ave., Hazleton, Feb. 6. Follow-up inspection in compliance.


Luzerne restaurant inspections Jan. 24 – Feb. 6: mold-like slime, grease buildup

The following are recent Luzerne 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.

Auntie Anne’s #155, 730 Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre, Jan. 24. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: Observed a buildup of syrup residue on the surface around the nozzles on the beverage machine at both locations.

Colarusso’s Cafe, 725 Main St., Avoca, Jan. 24. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Countryside Quik Mart Inc. & Ta-Da Ice Cream Parlor, 48 Harvysville Road, Hunlock Creek, Jan. 24. Complaint inspection in compliance.

Gerrity’s Supermarket #490, 552 Union St., Luzerne, Jan. 24. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Several deli meats and cheeses, a refrigerated, ready-to-eat time temperature control for safety food in the deli case, was date-marked by the facility, but was beyond the 7-day use or sell by date and requires discarding. These items were destroyed by the facility during this inspection. Loose rubber door gaskets observed on the walk-in freezer in the rear right corner of the store that contains ice cream. There is a small amount of ice forming at the base of the door that does not allow the door to close tightly or latch. there is a moderate amount of ice starting to build up on the ceiling near the refrigeration unit. Maintenance is looking into this during this inspection. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. This cutting board is located on the bain marie in the Deli department. No sign or poster posted at the hand wash sinks in the employee restrooms off of the employee break room to remind food employees to wash their hands. Signs were posted during this inspection.

Hissho Sushi, 552 Union St., Luzerne, Jan. 24. Regular inspection in compliance.

Amelia’s Diner, 145 N. Memorial Highway, Shavertown, Jan. 25. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed a buildup of a white mineral deposit like residue on the edge of the chute of the ice machine dispenser. Corrected on site. Floor tiles in the Kitchen are broken, pieces missing or with gaps/broken edges between tiles. The floor is no longer smooth and easily cleanable.

Kingston Active Adult Center, 335 3rd Ave. Kingston, Jan. 25. Regular inspection in compliance.

Morgan Hills Golf Course, 219 Hunlock Harveyville Road, Hunlock Creek, Jan. 25. 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 FEC posted expired 2/16/2016. The owner stated that she and a cook have taken the course and passed but did not print out the certificates and post them. The owner will print out the certificates and scan and email or take a picture and text to this inspector. The owner may also fax or mail copies to the Region 3 Field Office within 10 days. Food facility has an original certificate posted, but the location is not conspicuous for public viewing.

Tiffany Court, 700 Northampton St., Kingston, Jan. 25, Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Facility does not have available test strips or Max temp thermometer to test water temperature of the High Temp Mechanical dish machine. The drip edge of the ice deflector plate inside of the ice machine, a food contact surface, was observed to have a small amount of mold-like slime forming and was not clean to sight and touch. The ice machine was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection

American Legion #477, 203 Vine St., Pittston, Jan. 26. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Bari Pizza & Subs, 26 Laurel St., Pittston, Jan. 26. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Big Lots #1177, 560 Union St., Luzerne, Jan. 26. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: No sign or poster posted at the hand-wash sink in the men’s restroom area to remind food employees to wash their hands. A sign was placed during this inspection

Murphy’s, 347 Slocum St., Swoyersville, Jan. 26. Follow-up inspection in compliance. Violations: Food facility has an employee who held a Certified Food Manager certificate however, the certificate has expired on 8/8/16. The owner stated that he is registered to take the course in February. Facility has 90 days to get an employee certified and will email this inspector or fax/mail a copy of the certificate to the Region 3 field office when received. Several floor tiles cracked and/or missing in kitchen. Areas without tile have exposed wooden surfaces which are not smooth and easily cleanable. Owners stated that he has purchased tile to replace the broken missing tiles in the kitchen.

Polish Falcons of America. Nest 163, 134 Main St., Mocanaqua, Jan. 26. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: The ware-wash sink has a hose attachment that is hanging below the flood rim of the sink and not an appropriate air gap.

Red Rooster, 2407 Route 118, Hunlock Creek, Jan. 26. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Common cup (stainless steel) bowl without handle is being used for dispensing flour stored inside of the bulk flour bin. The bowl was replaced with a handled scoop during this inspection. Observed containerized food stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler, walk-in freezer, and dry storage areas, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. The food items were elevated during this inspection. Several ceiling tiles that are sagging/out of the tracking above the cook line and refrigeration units in the kitchen. Owner stated she is planning on replacing the whole ceiling. Hood filters above cook line have a buildup of grease and in need of cleaning. Owner had cleaning scheduled for next week prior to this inspection.

Bear Creek Cafe, 98 White Haven Road, Bear Creek, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed containers of various liquids in the kitchen area not labeled with the common name. Containers were labeled. Observed webbing on the storage shelves in the basement.

Deer Oak Lounge, 1869 Route 239, Stillwater, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance.

Fox Hill Country Club, Tunkhannock Ave., West Pittston. Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Food facility using rodent bait placed in bait station which was not covered and tamper resistant. Bait was discarded. Observed a buildup of pink residues in the vent on the dish machine. Door located in the basement of the food facility has a gap and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.

Irem Clubhouse, 64 Ridgeway Drive, Suite 2, Dallas, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: All inside surfaces of the microwave oven, a food contact surface, was observed to have food residue and was not clean to sight and touch. The microwave was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection. Observed an accumulation of grease and dried food splatter on the bottom outside surface of the gear housing on the floor stand mixer. The mixer was cleaned and sanitized during this inspection.

Northmoreland Fire Co., 1618 Demunds Road, Dallas, Jan. 27. Opening inspection in compliance.

Oscar’s Bar & Lounge, 285-287 S. River St., Plains Township, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed slime and mold in bottles of drink mixes and containers of ingredients in the bar area and refrigerator. Items were discarded. Small flies observed in 25 bottles of liquor. Bottles were discarded. Mechanical glass washer had a mold-like buildup observed inside. Observed 25+ rodent like droppings under bar and in kitchen area.

Pen-Mart/Jay’s Famous, 3970 Memorial Highway, Dallas, Jan. 27. Regular inspection in compliance.

Edible Arrangements #1255, 336 East End Center, Wilkes Barre, Jan. 30. Opening inspection in compliance. Violation: Toilet rooms do not have a self-closing door.

Meliza Supermarket, 600 Alter St., Hazleton, Jan. 30. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Pittston Diner, 335 Laurel St., Pittston, Jan. 31. Follow-up inspection in compliance. Violation: Mechanical ware-washing equipment had a mineral buildup observed inside.

Primo Hoagies, 33 B. West Side Mall, Kingston, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed containerized foods stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Food items were elevated off floor during this inspection. The exit door located between the office and restrooms has a gap with visible light at the floor/door junction,and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.

S&M Mart LLC, 419 E. Broad St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violation: Ceiling and evaporator in walk-in cooler have buildup of static dust.

Save-A-Lot, 536 W. Broad St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Complaint Inspection in compliance.

Vito’s Bistro, 434 N. Main St., Pittston, Jan. 31. Regular inspection out of compliance. Violations: Commercially processed refrigerated, ready-to-eat, time/temperature control for safety food, located in the walk in cooler, 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 walk-in cooler, is not being date marked. The person in charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection. Food employees observed in prep area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets or hats. A food employee was observed touching deli meat, a ready-to-eat food – with bare hands. Foods were removed from use. Observed multiple in-use food ingredient containers not labeled with the name of the contents. Observed containers of food stored directly on the floor in walk-in cooler, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. Observed flaking rust on the wire shelves in the walk-in cooler. Faucet on 3-compartment sink is short and does not reach all compartments. Person in charge is using a container to fill sinks until longer faucet can be installed. Observed a buildup of food residue on the shelves in the walk-in cooler. Observed a buildup of dust and grease on the hoods above the cooking area. Equipment food contact surfaces and utensils are not being immersed for a minimum of 10 seconds in the chlorine sanitizing compartment of the manual ware-washing sink. Discussed proper sanitizing procedure and provided handout.

Wyoming Mart, 901 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance.

Battered Mug, 178 S. Pine St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Jan. 31. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

C&P Convenient Mart, 118 E. Chestnut St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Food employees observed in deli area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard covers. Store made sandwiches held 8 hours are not labeled, no ingredient information at point of sale. Three-compartment sink has buildup of grime in basins. Cleaned during inspection.

Carriage Stop Plaza, 2500 E. End Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, Jan. 31. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Crystal Barbecue, 44 E. Broad St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Change of owner inspection in compliance.

Gertrude Hawk Chocolates, 125 Laurel Mall, Hazle Township, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance.

J&J Fish & Meat Market, 117 N. Wyoming St., Hazleton, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Lights are not shielded or shatter proof above fresh fish display and above prep sink in rear room. Fan guard in walk-in cooler has buildup of static dust.

Lombardo’s Market Inc., 39 Pittston Ave., Yatesville, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed in-use knives stored between table edges or between tables, an area not easily cleanable & sanitized. Knives were removed and placed in sink to be cleaned and sanitized. Time in lieu of temperature being used in the food facility to controlready-to-eat potentially hazardous foods without written procedures or documentation to verify disposition of food. Discussed documentation with Person in charge who stated that proper procedures will be implemented. Grab and go prepackaged sandwiches not labeled properly with the full ingredient statement. Observed a buildup of dust on the fan guard in the walk in cooler. Floor in the employee restroom is deteriorating and needs to be repaired.

Old Beijing Chinese Restaurant, 752 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, Jan. 31. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Scoops stored in two of four bulk ingredient containers with the handles in direct contact with the ingredients. This was corrected during this inspection. Observed containerized food stored directly on the floor in walk-in freezer, rather than 6 inches off of the floor as required. The containers of food were elevated off of the floor during this inspection. Shrimp, beef and chicken were held at 46 to 48 degrees F, in the bain marie, rather than 41 degrees F or below as required. After calibrating dial stem thermometer in ice water (which was 32 dgrees F and confirmed by person in charge), the food temperatures was temperatures remained between 46 and 48 degrees F. It was determined that the food items were taken from the walk-in cooler and placed into the bain marie approx. 2 hours earlier. The thermostat was turned down on the bain marie during this inspection. After 25 minutes the repeat temperatures were 38 to 39 degrees F. Bain marie not maintaining food at a temperature of 41 degrees F or below. The thermostat was adjusted and now holding a temperature of 38 degrees F Observed a buildup static dust on the fan guard inside of the Snapple refrigeration unit. Mops are not being hung to air dry.

Ollie’s, 84 S. Wyoming Ave., Edwardsville, Jan. 31. Complaint inspection in compliance.

Legacy Baking Co., 20 Luzerne, West Pittston, Feb. 1. Opening inspection in compliance. Violations: Bulk ingredient storage containers not labeled with the common name of the food. Person in charge labeled containers. Restroom is not provided with a covered waste receptacle for sanitary napkins. Rest room does not have a self-closing door.

Mcilwees Lunch, 141 W. Market St., Scranton, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance.

Morgan’s Butcher Shop, 106 Butler St., Pittston, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Commercially processed refrigerated, ready-to-eat, time/temperature control for safety food, located in the deli case, and held more than 24 hours, is not being marked with the date it was opened. Provided information. Grab and go products (salads, meats) not properly labeled with the name of the product and ingredient statement. Observed peeling coating on the shelves in the walk-in cooler. The surface of the walls inside the walk-in cooler are flaking and rusted. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required. Flooring in areas of the facility is not smooth and easily cleanable. Lights are not shielded or shatter proof over the case refrigeration unit. Rest room does not have a self-closing door.

Pazzo Restaurant, 2011 Route 315, Pittston, Feb 1. Follow-up inspection in compliance.

Rich and Charlotte’s, 2205 Lakeside Drive, Harveys Lake, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Food facility had an original certificate posted, but it is lost and was not posted in public view. Owner took course in 2015 but the posted certificate is now missing and he is unsure what happened to it as he had it hanging on wall. Owner to Print or contact ServeSafe and obtain another certificate to hang in public view. He lost his wallet last week and so he does not have the wallet size card that he had during inspection last year to post in interim. Not all in-use refrigeration units have thermometers to ensure proper temperatures are maintained. Observed a buildup of grease on the stainless steel wall covering behind the fryer and is in need of cleaning. The hand-wash sink in the prep area was blocked by a tub of Christmas decorations and not accessible at all times for employee use. The Christmas decorations were moved during this inspection.

Wilkes-Barre Area Career & Technical Center, 350 Jumper Road, Wilkes-Barre, Feb. 1. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed a buildup of ice on cases of food in the walk-in freezer. Food employee observed towel drying food equipment after cleaning.

Chini El Viejo MFF4, 700 W. Broad St., Hazleton, Feb. 3. Opening inspection in compliance.

Dunkin’ Donuts, 2999 Bear Creek Blvd., Wilkes Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations: Observed wet wiping cloths in prep area, not being stored in sanitizer solution. Cloths were placed in sanitizer solution. Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available or readily accessible in bain marie equipment. Observed peeling paint on the metal ice scoop holders. Observed deeply scored cutting boards not resurfaced or discarded as required.

Philadelphia Subs N Pizza, 555 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance.

Sonic-Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance.

Taco Bell #28968, 1037 Wilkes-Barre Township Blvd., Wilkes Barre, Feb. 3. Regular inspection in compliance. Violations Observed a buildup of soda syrup residue on the surfaces behind the nozzles on the beverage machine. Observed a buildup of dust on the ceiling vents in the prep area.

Dunkin’ Donuts, 28 N Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, Feb. 6. Regular inspection out of compliance. Violations: Liquid filled spray bottle stored on shelf above prep table is not labeled for content. The food facility operator shall be the person in charge or shall designate a person in charge and shall ensure that a person in charge is present at the food facility during all hours of operation. Employee states no one is in charge at this time. Food employee observed eating or chewing gum in food prep area. Food employees observed in food prep area, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard covers. Food employee observed exiting facility to make a curb side delivery while wearing food service gloves, then re-entering facility and resuming food prep , no glove change. Thermometers for ensuring proper temperatures of food are not available or readily accessible.

New York Fried Chicken, 2 E. Diamond Ave., Hazleton, Feb. 6. Follow-up inspection in compliance.