Restaurant inspections

August 20, 2006

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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 which 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 which 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:

Stadium Grill and Tavern, 401 S. Cannon Ave., Hagerstown - *crab soup and chili not kept hot enough (reheated to 165 degrees); flour must be protected from contamination (corrected); exhaust vents in restrooms must be cleaned; must have covered trash receptacle in women's restroom; exhaust vents in restrooms are inadequate.

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

Funkstown American Legion Post 211 (baseball), 12 N. Westside Ave., Funkstown - thermometers needed in all refrigeration units; hand sink cannot have sign above it that says "do not use" (corrected); missing ceiling panels above freezer must be replaced (corrected).

Quality Inn, 1101 Dual Highway, Hagerstown - thermometers needed in all refrigeration units.

The Comfort Suites, 1801 Dual Highway, Hagerstown - soap and hand towels needed (corrected).

Pride of Hagerstown Elks Club No. 278, of 376 Jonathan St., Hagerstown - must have chemical test strips to measure sanitizer at three-compartment sink; exhaust hood filters must be cleaned.

K&M Inc., Dead End Tavern, 881 Virginia Ave., Hagerstown - must clean interior of ice machine.

Maryland Correctional Training Center, 18800 Roxbury Road, Hagerstown - broken light protection must be repaired in dish room of employee cafe; heater/blower on dish machine must be repaired.

Outback Steakhouse, 240 Railway Lane, Hagerstown - soda holsters must be cleaned more often.

Target, 17213 Cole Road, Hagerstown - hazard plan must be available.

Williamsport Nursing Home, 154 N. Artizan St., Williamsport - must have air gap at three-compartment sink; oven shelf on range must be removed.

West End Pub & Restaurant, 5 Nottingham Road, Hagerstown - damaged walls and ceilings in back storage room and above walk-in must be repaired; chemical test strips needed for three-compartment sink; hand sink in women's restroom must be repaired; gap between hand sink and wall in men's restroom must be sealed; hand sink at bar and three-compartment sink must have hot water; damaged baseboard at cooler must be repaired; hazard plan must be available.

Chic's Seafood, 300 Summit Ave., Hagerstown - display case door gaskets must be cleaned; damaged ceiling in food preparation area must be repaired; three-compartment sink not draining properly; damaged gaskets on walk-in freezer must be repaired; light bulb shield must be replaced in freezer; restroom walls in need of repair; chemical test strips needed for three-compartment sink.

Wal-Mart Super Center, 17850 Garland Groh Blvd., Hagerstown - unused bakery unit with cracked doors must be removed or repaired; floor in walk-in freezer must be cleaned; missing baseboard must be replaced; soiled areas under shelves in aisles must be cleaned.

Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 901 Dual Highway, Hagerstown - light bulb shields needed in walk-in units (corrected); damaged ceiling and walls must be repaired; floors need to be cleaned; light bulbs must be replaced in back area; personal drinks cannot be stored in ice machine; mop sink drain must be cleared.

Potomac Fish and Game Club, 14241 Falling Waters Road, Williamsport - food slicer must be cleaned; shelf on oven must be removed and hood tested; chipped paint on shelves must be corrected; slotted wood floors in walk-in cooler must be cleaned; chemical test kit needed at bar; cleaning needed throughout establishment.

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