Restaurant inspections

August 15, 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 are only 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 July and found to have critical violations that needed to be corrected immediately:


Granny's Restaurant, 62 W. Antietam St., Hagerstown - * must dispose of eight dented cans of mushrooms, one dented can of chicken broth and one dented can of sausage gravy (corrected); single-service items cannot be stored on the floor; hood filters must be cleaned; thermometers needed in all units.

Martin's Food Market, 1580 Wesel Blvd., Hagerstown - * produce department walk-in has leaking condenser (must dispose of all food under that unit); bean and crab soup not hot enough (corrected); repair wall in meat department; replace lights in frozen food walk-in.

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

Stouffer's Auction Company mobile unit, Smithsburg - thermometer needed in freezer.

Leiter's Catering at Williamsport Volunteer Fire Company, 2 Brandy Drive, Williamsport - hand sink must be repaired; ice scoop improperly stored at ice machine; floor of walk-in freezer must be cleaned and items must be stored off the floor; rinse cycle of dishwashing machine not hot enough.

Venice Inn, 431 Dual Highway, Hagerstown - soap and towels needed at hand sinks (corrected); nonworking light bulbs must be replaced; cold water must be restored at hand sink; missing exhaust filter must be replaced; fix drain in three-compartment sink; rinse cycle of dishwashing machine not hot enough; cleaning needed on floors, shelves, oven/range and fan grill covers.

Breakaway II Sports Lounge, 13726 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown - cleaning needed in interior of microwave, floors throughout the kitchen, surfaces of cooking line, can opener blade and top of dishwashing machine; light bulbs in kitchen must be shielded.

Valley Concessions mobile unit, 13502 Loy Wolfe Road, Smithsburg - freezer must be kept at zero degrees.

AC&T - Burhans Boulevard Exxon, 301 N. Burhans Blvd., Hagerstown - items cannot be stored in hand sink (corrected); trash can lids must be kept closed; three-compartment procedures must be observed.

Black Steer Restaurant, 18203 Mason Dixon Road, Hagerstown - cleaning needed on floor of walk-in freezer and under soda syrup storage.

Dairy Queen, 824 Dual Highway, Hagerstown - thermometers needed in all units; cleaning needed in dry storage building and on floor and wall of walk-in freezer.

Knights of Columbus, 20340 Leitersburg Pike, Hagerstown - leaking faucet at mop sink must be repaired.

K&M Grocery, 3406 Chestnut Grove Road, Keedysville - repair or replace broken floor tile; seal all holes and gaps in walls; clean hood above grill; repair cove base in food preparation area.

Sheetz, 1396 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown - cleaning needed on floor in freezer and walk-in refrigerator (corrected).

Flamers Charbroiled, 492 Prime Outlets Blvd., Hagerstown - ice scoop cannot be stored in ice bin (corrected); counter in front area must be repaired.

McDonald's, 313 E. Potomac St., Williamsport - ice scoop cannot be stored in ice machine (corrected); replace broken shield on light bulb; repair or replace broken wall tiles.

Sharpsburg Pike Shell, 10524 Sharpsburg Pike, Hagerstown -replace light bulbs under hood; wall above three-compartment sink needs to be repaired; cleaning needed for hood filter and floor of walk-in refrigerator.

Little Antietam Community Center, 40 Mount Vernon Drive, Keedysville - must display current state license to operate as a food service facility.

Sheetz, 192 W. Main St., Hancock - boxes cannot be stored on floor of walk-in freezer.

Dual Highway Amoco and Snacks/Blimpie, 1760 Dual Highway, Hagerstown - wipe cloths must be stored in sanitizer; cups cannot be stored on the floor; soda nozzles must be cleaned; counter needs to be repaired.

Chick-Fil-A, 1680 Wesel Blvd., Hagerstown - must label all spray bottles, lid of ice machine needs to be cleaned.

Western Maryland Juvenile/Children's Center, 18420 Roxbury Road, Hagerstown - paper towels needed at hand sink (corrected); light bulb in walk-in must be replaced (corrected); choking poster needed to be posted.

The following food service establishments had no violations in July: The Doctor's Inn, 145 W. Washington St., Hagerstown; Joppey's Smokin' Barbeque mobile unit, Washington County Agricultural Center, Hagerstown; Hillside Liquors, 19119 Keep Tryst Road, Knoxville; Twin Oaks 40&44, 40 East Village Lane, Williamsport; Jim's Concessions mobile unit, Hagerstown; and Cascade American Legion, 14418 McAfee Hill Road, Cascade.

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