PHILLY RESTAURANTS CEASE OPERATIONS DUE TO HEALTH VIOLATIONS

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Circles Restaurant
812 N 2ND ST 19123
28 violations, 6 serious.
Food safety certified person was not present;  mouse droppings on onions, potatoes and in a bowl of fried chicken; food held at hazardous temperatures; live mice between two refrigerators in basement food prep area; canned goods stored under sewage line; no food prep sink; no paper towels or soap at sink; paper boxes reused to store noodles; accumulated grease on equipment surfaces; mouse droppings throughout.  Ordered closed for minimum of 48 hours on Mar. 31.

Ryan Meat Market
4668 FRANKFORD AVE 19124
18 violations, 6 serious.
Pooled sewage in the storage area; food safety certified person was not present; soap was not available at the handwash sinks; exposed meat in chest freezer; no sanitizer; encrusted debris on slicer; flies in food prep area; leak from the ceiling, pooled water in the basement.  Ordered closed for the minimum of 48 hours on Mar. 31.

Nine Ting
928 RACE ST 19149
1 violation, 1 serious.
Food safety person not present. .Agreed to close temporarily on Mar. 30. Permitted to reopen Mar. 31.
Do Nam/Nam Do/Fruit Salad 003205
3400 SPRUCE ST 19104
6 violations, 4 serious.
No hot water; food safety person did not know foodborne illnesses; no soap or paper towels. Asked to voluntary close but management continued to operate, so ordered closed for minimum of 48 hours on Mar. 29.

Charlie’s Little Spot
1945 STENTON AVE 19138
19 violations, 6 serious.
Live mouse and mouse droppings in bar area; improper hand washing, no soap available; employee touched food with bare hands; black residue and accumulated dirt inside ice machine; pooled water in toilet room. Asked to close temporarily on Mar. 28.

Al Salam Pizza
5101 GERMANTOWN AVE 19144
26 violations, 9 serious.
Employee touchedready-to-eat food with bare hands; food safety person not present; empty paper towel dispenser; no hand sink for patrons; food held at hazardous temperatures; no food probe thermometer; mouse feces on floor; pizza pans stored on floor. Ordered closed for minimum of 48 hours on Mar. 27.  Permitted to reopen Mar. 31.

Rosario Grocery
729 RITNER ST 19148
25 violations, 7 serious.
Dead mouse on shelf where Wild Cherry Pepsi is stored; roaches crawling on grape soda cans; dead flies on retail shelves; mouse feces on floors throughout; sponges used to clean food contact surfaces; insufficient refrigeration; foods held at hazardous temperatures. Ordered closed for the minimum of 48 hours on Mar. 27.

Jim’s Meat Market
2329 E CLEARFIELD ST 19134
8 violations, 4 serious.
Food safety person not present;  unused walkin box, domestic freezers, and domestic stove observed in the rear area.  Asked to close temporarily on Mar. 27.

York Mini Market
425 W YORK ST 19133
16 violations, 4 serious.
Food safety person did not know reportable foodborne illnesses; no handwash sink. Asked to close temporarily on Mar. 27.

Takka Grill and Pizza on Chelten
324 W CHELTEN AVE 19144
20 violations, 3 serious.
Mouse droppings in the food prep, storage and toilet rooms; employee touched ready-to-eat food with bare hands; insufficient food thermometers; employees not wearing hair nets. Ordered closed for minimum of 48 hours on Mar. 24. Permitted to reopen Mar. 26.

Wong Wong Restaurant
941 RACE ST 19107
23 violations, 6 serious.
Rat droppings in kitchen, food prep area and basement; employee drinking coffee from open cup in prep area; roaches on sink, stove, and fire extinguisher; severely dented canned items; heavy grease and debris on floors. Previously ordered to close for rat droppings and roaches on Jun. 2, 2016. Ordered closed for minimum of 48 hours on Mar. 24.

Grace Garden Chinese Restaurant
5025 GERMANTOWN AVE 19144
21 violations, 7 serious.
Food safety person not present, certificate expired in 2013; empty paper towel dispenser; not hot water in employee restroom; uncovered egg rolls in refrigerator; chicken wings held at hazardous temperatures, thawing at room temperature. Asked to close temporarily on Mar. 23.

Pagoda Noodle Cafe
125 SANSOM WALK 19106
17 violations, 6 serious.
Food safety person not present; service station missing soap and towels; uncovered food in refrigerator; mouse droppings on kitchen food prep table and on floors; black residue and pink slime in ice machine; beef thawing at room temperature; cigarette butt on kitchen floor. Previously ordered to close for lack of food safety person Jan. 7, 2015. Ordered closed for minimum of 48 hours on Mar. 23.
40 Stop Mini Market
20 violations, 6 serious.
Fresh and old mice feces on shelves, eliminate all vermin immediately; warewashing sink is filthy with dirt accumulated in all compartments and encrusted dirt; clean floors to remove feces and odor. Previously ordered closed for dead flies, rodent gnawed foods, fresh and old mouse feces and food safety person’s lack of knowledge on Mar. 9. Ordered closed again for minimum of 48 hours on Mar. 23.

Jane G’s Restaurant
1930 CHESTNUT ST 19103
Visible physical evidence of rodent and insect activity observed throughout: fresh mouse droppings on floors, shelves and equipment; old mouse feces at the ice machine section, and bar; live roaches and nesting materials under bar refrigerator. Previously ordered to close for mouse droppings and fruit flies on Sept. 3, 2015; closed for mouse droppings and roaches on Mar. 13 and Mar. 15; Permitted to reopen Mar. 17.

Common Pleas: Orlando’s Bakery, 6540 Lebanon Ave.; CVS Pharmacy #0379, 1424 Chestnut St.; Golden Pizza & Seafood, 133 W Chelten Ave.; El Coqui Grocery, 2901 N Howard St.; XIX (Nineteen), 200 S Broad St.; Fiesta Pizza, 4518 Baltimore Ave.;  Koja Grille, 1600 N Broad St.; Fresh Grocer Supermarket, 5601 Chestnut St.; Nick’s Roast Beef, 16 S 2nd St.
The health department inspects nearly 1,000 eateries and food retailers every fortnight. Every inspection is generally regarded as a “snapshot in time,” and not necessarily a reflection of day-to-day conditions.  Most violations were fixed immediately on site.

If you suspect you have contracted food poisoning or have a sanitation complaint, contact the health department at 215-685-7495.

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