Restaurant inspections for December

January 22, 2006

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.

Potentially hazardous food means any food rich in protein that will support the rapid growth and reproduction of food-borne disease microorganisms.

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 December and found to have critical violations that needed to be corrected immediately:

Hagerstown Billiards and Cafe, 1845 Dual Highway, Hagerstown - * ranch dressing and ham stored in sandwich preparation unit not being kept at proper temperature (corrected); single-serve items and soda dispensers cannot be stored on floor; floors and walls throughout must be cleaned; baseboards must be installed; door threshold between kitchen and dish room must be repaired; ventilation hood must be cleaned; cutting board must be cleaned; oven cleaner and chemical cleaners cannot be stored next to food; ice scoops improperly stored; food in freezer must be covered; light shields must be replaced; missing ceiling tiles must be replaced; must have covered trash container in women's restroom; ceiling holes must be repaired; trash container must have lid and be kept closed; must clean walls in men's restrooms; wood shelf must be smooth and cleanable; three-compartment sink not draining properly; carpet and other flooring throughout in need of repair; must remove unused equipment from back storage area; must have hazard plan on file.

Gordon Grocery, 101 Cypress St., Hagerstown - * potentially hazardous food (steamed shrimp) must be 45 degrees Fahrenheit or below (was at 58 degrees) (corrected); no detergent sanitizer at two-compartment sink; thermometers needed on all units; ham in walk-in cooler must be covered; items cannot be stored on the floor; garbage containers must have closed lids; light shields must be replaced; towels needed at hand sinks; ready-to-eat food cannot be stored near raw meats; condensation line must drain to waste line.

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

Western Maryland Sportsman's Club Inc., 6504 Dam No. 4 Road, Sharpsburg - cutting board must be cleaned; hand sink needed at the bar; ceiling and walls of kitchen must be cleaned of grease deposits; must have hazard plan on file.

Friendly Market, 101 E. North Ave., Hagerstown - ceiling cracks must be repaired; cleaning needed around floor sink at three-compartment sink; top of chest freezer must be repaired; broken and missing floor tiles must be replaced or repaired to be smooth and cleanable.

Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown central kitchen, 18601 Roxbury Road - must clean area under hood; hot water at hand sink needs to be repaired; standing water on the floor must be cleaned up; grate needed on floor drain; damaged floor in refrigerator must be repaired; ice buildup in refrigerator must be removed; cannot wet stack clean utensils; must improve food protection in freezer.

Country Crossroads Store, 14407 Hollow Road, Hancock - damaged ceiling and wall in back storage area must be repaired.

Shooters/Risky Business Inc., 2 W. Baltimore St., Funkstown - under edge of bar must be smooth and cleanable; exhaust hood filters have dust accumulation that must be removed; wall cracks must be repaired.

Subway, 1201 Dual Highway, Hagerstown - three-compartment sink must drain individually; air gap at drain of three-compartment sink is inadequate; light bulb needed in freezer; space between sink and wall must be repaired.

Funkstown Tavern, 23 W. Baltimore St., Funkstown - wall and ceiling in food preparation area must be repaired; exhaust hood must be cleaned.

Mason Dixon Grill and Deli, 520 Park Lane, Hagerstown - light bulb needed under hood (corrected); gap where hood meets wall must be repaired; edge of wall needs to be repaired in food preparation area.

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