Restaurant inspections

August 01, 2004

How it works

Each month, The Herald-Mail publishes the findings of initial food establishment inspections by the Washington County Health Department. Food service facilities are inspected on a regular basis to make sure they are following the regulations that govern such establishments.

Inspectors also conduct follow-up inspections and monitoring inspections, and investigate complaints and food-borne outbreaks.

Inspections are conducted at restaurants, nursing homes, schools, grocery stores and other places that serve food, including those that only are temporary such as fairs and carnivals.

Critical violations such as contaminated or spoiled food, improper temperatures of foods, improper cooking or no running water must be corrected immediately. Those items are marked with *.

Other violations must be corrected within 30 days. Follow-up inspections will be conducted as needed.

Those violations corrected on day of inspection are indicated as (corrected).

The following food service establishments were inspected by the Washington County Health Department in June and found to have critical violations that needed to be corrected immediately:


Oliver's Pub & Restaurant, 1565-1567 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown - * ice around food at serving area not high enough to protect food (corrected); missing exhaust hood filter must be replaced; missing baseboard must be replaced; hole in wall must be repaired; items cannot be stored on freezer floor (corrected); thermometers needed in all units (corrected); caulking needed around hand sink; torn screen door must be repaired; cold water faucet not functioning at hand sink; water not hot enough at hand sink; no soap or towels at hand sink behind bar; hand sink behind bar not working; floor on ramp and in walk-in freezer must be smooth; cleaning needed throughout, including equipment along cooking line and all floors.

Sodexho at Mack Trucks, 13302 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown - * chicken not cold enough (discarded); walls in mop sink room must be cleaned; baseboard at dishwashing area must be replaced; light bulbs must be shatterproof or shielded.

CVS Pharmacy, 1519-1521 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown - * severely dented can of beef broth on shelf (discarded); trash lid must be closed (corrected); dry storage area floor needs to be cleaned.

The following food service establishments were inspected by the Washington County Health Department in June and found to have sanitation violations that must be corrected within 30 days:

The Broad Axe, 28 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown - soap must be provided in men's restroom (corrected); can opener blade must be cleaned; light bulbs must be shielded; ceiling must be smooth and washable; bottom shelf of freezer and floor under cooking equipment must be cleaned. (Note: This inspection was done in April, but not turned in until June.)

Sportsman's Club, 237 Jonathan St., Hagerstown - gap in wall around toilet tank in men's restroom must be corrected.

Beaver Creek Country Club snack bar, 9535 Mapleville Road, Hagerstown - must have hot water in hand sink to left of men's restroom (corrected); hose connected to soda machine must have back-flow preventer (corrected).

Hilltop Grill, 11400 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown - water pressure too low in hand sink in employee restroom.

Maugansville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Co., 13730 Maugansville Road, Maugansville - light bulbs must be operational in exhaust hood over cooking line.

R&CJ Concessions, Pen Mar Park, 14600 Pen Mar-High Rock Road, Cascade - thermometers must be in all units; interior of ice cream freezer needs to be cleaned.

McDonald's, 520 Northern Ave., Hagerstown - exhaust hood filters must be installed (corrected); remove ice buildup from freezer; freezer must be commercial model; missing ceiling tiles must be replaced; gap around side door must be fixed; floor beneath electrical panels must be cleaned (corrected).

The Big Dipper, 1033 Virginia Ave., Hagerstown - trash lids must be kept closed (corrected).

Sheetz, 18634 Maugans Ave., Hagerstown - floors under storage shelves, in dry storage room and walk-in freezer need to be cleaned.

House of Kobe, 757 Dual Highway, Hagerstown - items cannot be stored on floor of walk-ins, trash lid must be kept closed (corrected); ice scoop stored improperly; cleaning needed in the broiler, floor behind cooking line, walls in kitchen and around hibachi grills; water in dishwashing machine not hot enough; items cannot be stored in hand sink; wiping cloths must be kept in sanitizing solution.

McDonald's, 330 W. Washington St., Hagerstown - trash lid must be kept closed (corrected); thermometers needed in all units (corrected); freezer door gaskets must be repaired.

Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex, 580 Security Road, Hagerstown - cleaning needed in baking rack and tray of pizza warmer and bottom shelf of refrigerator.

CVS Pharmacy, 18700 North Village Plaza, Hagerstown - floor in dry storage areas must be cleaned.

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