Restaurant inspections for October 2010

March 19, 2011

The following food service establishments were inspected by the Washington County Health Department in October 2010 and found to have critical violations that needed to be corrected immediately:

Byers Stop-N-Go, 152 N. Burhans Blvd. — *Roast beef, chicken rice soup and chili below hot-hold temperature; must clean slicer and can opener (corrected); improper utensil used to dispense fried chicken coating; need mop storage rack in cleaning area; light out in exhaust vent hood above fryer; must clean inside and left side outside door of True refrigerator and floor under equipment along grill/food prep line; back doors (dry storage and food prep) not self-closing; boxes of port butts, mixed vegetables, and pie crust stored on floor in walk-in freezer; need chemical test strips.

Cafe Italia, 935 Pennsylvania Ave. — *Meatballs and sauce not at proper hot-hold temperature (corrected: products removed from steam unit and reheated); box of cheese stored on floor of walk-in cooler (corrected); must clean meat slicer and can opener; lights out in corner above mixer; cooling of soup in container greater than 3 inches deep in walk-in cooler.

Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, 17612 Valley Mall Road —  *Temperature of juice machine was too high (corrected: discarded juice out more than two hours).

Dairy Queen/Orange Julius, 493 Prime Outlets Blvd. — *Four severely dented cans of crushed pineapple (corrected: cans removed from storage area); *hot dog chili sauce below hot-hold temperature (corrected: product discarded); hand sink blocked with blender and metal rack in sink; insufficient lighting in walk-in cooler.

Hartle's Subs, 1301 Marshall St. — *Meatballs, steak and hamburgers below hot-hold temperature (products removed from cooker/warmer and reheated in microwave); must clean exhaust fan cover in public restroom; public restroom faucets do not supply water for at least 15 seconds at hand sink; food for sale in Pepsi reach-in refrigerator not properly labeled.

Imperial Chinese Restaurant, 13112 Pennsylvania Ave. — *Shrimp above cold-hold temperature (corrected: food rapidly re-chilled); must replace floor tiles at cook line and in front of walk-in cooler and freezer; must repair screen in screen door; cabbage stored in non-food grade container/shopping bags inside sandwich prep unit reach-in (corrected); must clean can opener (corrected); food items/products in reach-in refrigerator and walk-in cooler not covered and protected from overhead contamination; dishmachine not properly sanitizing dishware; insufficient lighting in walk-in storage areas; light in dry storage area needs a guard or to be shatterproof.

The following food service establishments were inspected by the Washington County Health Department in October 2010 and found to have sanitation violations which must be corrected within 30 days:

Barefoot Bernie's, 901 Dual Highway — Hot water turned off at one sink in men's bathroom; towels not in sanitizer (corrected); sanitizer not present in solution (corrected).

Bhawani Manor Care, 9946 Downsville Pike — Improper storage of utensils (corrected).

Cracker Barrel, 18214 Col. Henry K. Douglas Drive —  Must clean inside of reach-in refrigerator (corrected); must clean floor of walk-in freezer (corrected); light shield missing in walk-in freezer; must repair floor tile in dish machine area.

Flamers Charbroiled, 492 Prime Outlets Blvd. — Insufficient lighting in walk-in refrigerator and cooler; must clean floor under shelving in storage area next to desk and ceiling vent covers above menu; insect killer spray cans and bottles of sanitizer stored on shelf with food products (corrected: chemical products removed); must submit Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan.

Hager Hall, 901 Dual Highway — Must clean Hobart mixer; must sweep and clean floor in storage and prep areas; need thermometers in all refrigerators and walk-ins (corrected); Prepared food in walk-in not labeled; must repair faucet in three-compartment sink.

Joker's, 2 W. Baltimore St., Funkstown — Must clean hood and floor under stove and next to wall; must submit HACCP plan; floor tiles missing next to wall and under hood.

Mike's Tavern, 638 N. Prospect St. — Must clean condenser cover and bottom shelf inside reach-in beer refrigerator, and hand sink in men's restroom; must defrost chest freezer.

North Hagerstown High School Stadium Concession, 1150 Pennsylvania Ave. — Lights out in vent hood.

Pacific Ocean Buffet, 908 Dual Highway — Light cover in walk-in freezer broken and light bulb missing.

Ravenwood Lutheran Village, 1183 Luther Drive — Corner area in walk-in freezer has ponded due to leak.

Rocky's New York Pizza, 907 S. Potomac St. — Must clean vent pipe for pizza oven; must repair wall behind three-compartment sink so it is smooth and easily cleanable.

Sanders' Cookie Jar Bakery, 13140 Pennsylvania Ave. — Must repair missing/broken floor tiles in kitchen area; must clean inside of microwave, floor behind and under equipment, floors of walk-in cooler and freezer, and floor of employee bathroom; insufficient lighting in walk-in storage areas.

Sharpsburg Pike Shell/Snax, 10524 Sharpsburg Pike — Lights out above sandwich prep unit, in walk-in freezer, and at ice machine area; need hand towels at hand sink near pizza oven; must clean ceiling and vents in ceiling, exhaust vent cover in men's and women's restroom, and walls of walk-in cooler next to door and door to walk-in freezer; light shield covers missing in storage area near ice machine and near registers; insufficient lighting in walk-in cooler; must submit HACCP plan.

Shepherd's Spring Lodge, 16869 Taylor's Landing Road, Sharpsburg — Lights out in various places in kitchen; insufficient lighting in walk-in freezer and cooler; must clean floor of walk-in cooler under shelves; need chemical test strips to measure quaternary ammonium chloride; chicken and cheese steak stored above vegetables in walk-in freezer.

Sunoco Food Mart, 1000 Dual Highway — Towels not in sanitizer (corrected); Thermometers needed in all refrigeration units; must clean hot-dog tong holder in plastic container (corrected); must submit HACCP plan; sanitizer too strong (corrected).

Subway, 1201 Dual Highway — Towel on counter not in sanitizer (corrected).

The Landing, 710 Dual Highway — Need thermometers in all refrigeration units.

Tony's New York Pizza & Restaurant, 14224 Pennsylvania Ave. — Dumpster lid broken so Dumpster must be covered to prevent introduction of vermin; must clean garbage storage area (many cardboard boxes are piled up next to garbage container); light out at exhaust hood and above sandwich prep unit next to exhaust hood; dishmachine does not reach proper wash and rinse temperatures (gauge not working), pressure gauge does not indicate pressure, and temperature strip does not change (must use three-compartment sink until dishmachine repaired); no chemical test strips for chlorine (facility supplied strips so able to use three-compartment sink); must repair/replace several floor tiles; insufficient lighting in walk-in cooler and freezer; improper storage of chicken, which was above beef in walk-in freezer and reach-in freezer; light shields missing or broken in kitchen.

Western Heights Middle School, 1300 Marshall St. — Dumpster lids open in loading dock/garbage container area; back door going out to garbage container area was being held open and not self-closing (door was shut and maintenance working on self-closing/door replacement).

The following food service establishments had no violations in October 2010:

Burkholder's Baked Goods, 106 E. High Street, Sharpsburg; Golden Living Center, 750 Dual Highway; Quiznos, 55 Eastern Blvd.; Schmankerl Stube Bavarian Restaurant, 58 S. Potomac St.; Western Maryland Sportsmen's Club, 6504 Dam No. 4 Road, Sharpsburg.


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.

Location of establishments is Hagerstown unless otherwise noted.

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).

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