Restaurant inspections

April 30, 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 March and found to have critical violations that needed to be corrected immediately:

The Grille at Park Circle, 325 Virginia Ave., Hagerstown - * dented cans of tomato juice (voluntarily discarded); * grilled chicken in steam table not kept hot enough (reheated); wall behind dish machine must be repaired; exhaust hood filters need to be cleaned; refrigerator must be commercial; missing ceiling tiles must be replaced; gaps in walls and at doors must be sealed; ice accumulation must be removed from freezer; cleaning needed around refrigerator and freezer; damaged light shields must be replaced throughout; meat products cannot be thawed by soaking them in three-compartment sink (corrected); thermometers needed in all refrigeration units; floors, cutting boards, slicer (corrected), ice machine (corrected) and grills must be cleaned; garbage container must be kept closed (corrected); soap needed at hand sink at bar (corrected).

Phil and Jerry's Meats and More, Inc., 22937 Jefferson Blvd., Smithsburg - * fried gizzards not kept hot enough (corrected); * macaroni and cheese not kept hot enough (corrected); ice machine, floors, ceiling vents and freezers need to be cleaned; toxic items stored near food (corrected); cracked ceiling tiles must be replaced; chicken cannot be stored uncovered and above red meats; hazard plan must be displayed; light bulbs must be shielded; frozen foods not cold enough (corrected).

Martin's Food Market, 13706 Fountainhead Plaza, Hagerstown - * dented cans (removed from sale); * noodle soup not hot enough (voluntarily discarded); low hot water pressure at bakery hand sink must be repaired; bakery equipment must be cleaned; exhaust hoods must be cleaned; chemical test strips needed; dairy cooler light must be repaired; floors, equipment and ice machine in seafood department must be cleaned; exhaust fans needed in employee restrooms.

Junction 808 Family Restaurant, 808 Noland Dr., Hagerstown - * items in reach-in refrigerator moved to working freezer (corrected); cook was unable to identify proper cooking temperatures; cannot handle food without handwashing; thermometers needed in all refrigeration units; must clean grease buildup from hood; floors, walls and ceilings in food preparation area must be cleaned; much of the refrigeration equipment is in need of cleaning and defrosting; shelving in dry storage area is dirty and rusting; must remove clutter from basement; ceiling in basement food storage area must be sealed; door sweep needed on kitchen screen door; dead insects found in basement and dish room.

Broad Axe, 28 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown - * food product (ice) found to be contaminated (discarded); ice machine must be repaired; wall in back storage area must be repaired; walls and floors in back storage area must be cleaned; screen door must be repaired; walls in side storage room must be sealed; floor under sink must be cleaned; gaskets on refrigerator must be replaced; floor under cooler must be repaired; men's restroom door must be repaired; walls in cooler need to be cleaned.

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

Regal Valley Mall Stadium 16, 17301 Valley Mall Road, Hagerstown - kitchen and storage rooms need to be cleaned; ceiling tiles above popcorn maker must be cleaned or replaced; base cabinets must be cleaned; mop sink surround must be cleaned.

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