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RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS

Restaurant inspections are conducted by the Niagara County Health Department.

Every establishment that serves food is evaluated at least annually by the department. Restaurants rated as high-risk, because they serve children or the elderly, or serve foods that require a lot of processing or are prepared hours or days before serving, are inspected at least twice a year.

There is no rating for exemplary restaurants; only violations are noted.

Many restaurants will have violations at some time. They are coded by the health department as: Critical, which could lead to food-borne illness and which require immediate attention; or as items relating to sanitation, design, maintenance and cleanliness, which must be corrected by the next regular inspection or as soon as an inspector returns.

LEWISTON
Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Road. No violations. Inspected July 6.

LOCKPORT
Ames Department Store, 5737 S. Transit Road. No critical violations. Sanitation, design, etc.: Three (single service items need to be stored with handles facing in one direction and bulk storage should be protected in plastic bags; towel dispenser needed at handwashing sink, corrected; accurate thermometer needed in freezer). Inspected July 21.

Arby's, 5737 S. Transit Road. No critical violations. Sanitation, design, etc.: Four (handwashing signs needed in both employee restrooms; floor drain grating is clogged with foodstuffs; fan in storage area has large accumulation of dust and dirt; hose drain in mop sink is too long and is laying in sink). Inspected July 28.

Belliveau's Family Restaurant, 5091 Day Road. Critical violations: One (sandwich prep cooler and refrigerator unit in kitchen not kept at safe cold temperatures, repairman has been contacted). Sanitation, design, etc.: Two (floor in hard-to-reach areas has not been routinely cleaned and has accumulation of food particles; water for cleaning milkshake mixer does not contain sanitizer, corrected). Inspected July 12.

NIAGARA FALLS
Como Restaurant, 2220 Pine Ave. Critical violations: Two (thermometer not accurate or used to test food temperatures, repeat violation; improper cooling procedure used for soup, corrected). Sanitation, design, etc.: Two (salad prep person not using soap when washing hands; pizza cooker doors need to be cleaned). As of reinspection Aug. 26, critical violations: One (food thermometers not correctly calibrated, corrected). Sanitation, design, etc.: none. All previous violations remain corrected.

Polish Nook, 2242 Cudaback Ave. No critical violations. Sanitation, design, etc.: Two (ice scoop improperly stored, corrected; clean utensils improperly stored). Inspected July 16.

Poppy's Place, 8806 Cayuga Drive. No critical violations. Sanitation, design, etc.: One (dust and food debris accumulation on fan covers and doors of glass cooler). Inspected July 8.

The Red Coach Inn, 2 Buffalo Ave. Critical violations: Two (potentially hazardous foods not stored at safe cold temperatures, discarded; refrigeration units not maintained at safe cold temperatures, potentially hazardous foods discarded, maintenance company called). Sanitation, design, etc.: Three (dumpster full and lids open; accurate, visible thermometer not available in bar cooler; ice cream scoop with remnants of ice cream left on counter). Inspected July 28. As of reinspection Aug. 10, no critical violations. Sanitation, design, etc.: One (thermometer still needed at bar cooler, on order at this time). All previous violations remain corrected.

Stan's Pizza Parlor, 6926 Buffalo Ave. Critical violations: One (food testing thermometer not available to evaluate proper cooking, cooling, storing, reheating temperatures of potentially hazardous foods). Sanitation, design, etc.: Nine (no lid on dumpster; no screen on back door; flies present, repeat violation; thermometer missing in storage cooler; some light shields missing, repeat violation; dead insect debris hanging over food prep area; restroom not usable, repeat violation; grease, dust, dirt debris hanging from hood area over grill; improper storage of food items). Inspected July 30. As of reinspection Aug. 25, no critical violations. Sanitation, design, etc.: One (self-closing device needed on restroom door). All previous violations remain corrected.

Subway Sandwiches, 700 Main St. No critical violations. Sanitation, design, etc.: Three (single service coffee cups improperly dispensed; ceiling tiles missing from rear prep area; light shield needed above three-bay sink and dust build-up on portable fan). Inspected July 21. As of reinspection Aug. 24, all previous violations remain corrected.

TOWN OF NIAGARA
Sister's Town Restaurant, 5110 Lockport Road. Critical violations: One (food testing thermometer present but not correctly calibrated). Sanitation, design, etc.: Two (raw hamburger must be stored below ready-to-eat foods to prevent possible cross-contamination; ceiling above three-bay-sink needs to be repaired). Inspected July 6.

NORTH TONAWANDA
Ames Department Store, 301 Meadow Drive. No violations. Pre-operational inspection July 14.

Bishop Gibbons Association, 1110 Payne Ave. No violations. Inspected July 22.

TOWN OF PORTER
Sanger Farm and Bakery, 852 Youngstown-Lockport Road. No critical violations. Sanitation, design, etc.: Three (large can opener needs to be cleaned; food handlers need to wear hair restraints; screen doors need to be kept closed at all times). Inspected July 27.

WHEATFIELD
Homestyle Eatery, 2221 Niagara Falls Blvd. Critical violations: One (potentially hazardous foods on serving line not kept at safe cold temperatures, corrected and foods moved to cooler unit). Sanitation, design, etc.: Four (hose on mop sink needs to be protected for prevention of backflow; some bulbs over food areas need to be protected; no sanitizer used on food prep surfaces; handwashing station needed at three-bay sink). Inspected July 14. As of reinspection Aug. 18, critical violations: One (sandwich table not kept at safe cold temperatures, foods stored overnight discarded and other foods moved to cooler). Sanitation, design, etc.: One (sanitizer in cleaning bucket not kept at proper concentration). As of reinspection Aug. 26, no violations. All previous violations remain corrected.

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