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 one violation or more at one time or another. They are coded by the Health Department as: critical items that could lead to food-borne illness, which must be immediately attended to; or items relating to sanitation, design, maintenance and cleanliness, which must be corrected by the next regular inspection or as soon as an inspector returns.
Johnson Creek Family Restaurant, 9195 Ridge Road. No critical violations. Two others (basement plumbing leak from sink in bar; black mold in walk-in cooler needs to be cleaned). Inspected Dec. 14.
Julie's Seebreeze, 7790 Ridge Road. No critical violations. Four others (faucet leaks at three-bay sink; indirect drain needed on newly installed prep sink; product spillage in ice cream freezer; self-closing device needed on employee restroom door). Inspected Dec. 28. As of reinspection Jan. 24, all previous violations have been corrected.
Niagara-Wheatfield Senior High School, 2292 Saunders Settlement Road. No critical violations. Three others (thermometer on hot holding unit is inaccurate; three-bay sink drain is leaking; floor tiles near three-bay sink and handwashing sink are missing, loose or in disrepair; ceiling tiles are missing in dry food storage area and loose in various kitchen areas). Inspected Dec. 14.
Colonial Village Elementary School, 1456 Saunders Settlement Road. Critical violations: one (hot holding unit warmer is not at safe hot temperature; potentially hazardous foods moved to another unit). Inspected Dec. 5. As of reinspection Jan. 12, previous violation was corrected.
Edward Town Middle School, 2292 Saunders Settlement Road. No critical violations. Three others (peeling paint on ceiling of dry food storage room; ceiling tiles missing over east serving line; some ceiling tiles missing in front of dry food storage area, laundry room and dish room). Inspected Dec. 13.
Tuscarora Indian School, 2015 Mount Hope Road. No violations. Kitchen not in use at this time. Inspected Dec. 5.
Delphi Harrison Building 9, 200 Upper Mountian Road. No critical violations. Six others (bottom of grill area and cooler have food particle accumulation; sunflower seeds, croutons and noodles are not protected at salad line; sneeze guard for salad dressings is cloudy and sticky; floor below dish machine and edges and corners are not clean; faucet leaks at three-bay sink; small flies around slicer). Inspected Dec. 13. As of reinspection Jan. 16, all previous violations have been corrected.
Navy Marine Club, 37 Park Ave. No violations. Inspected Dec. 18.
Palace Theatre, 2 East Ave. No violations. Inspected Dec. 18.
Rapids Volunteer Fire Company, 7195 Plank Road. No critical violations. One other (two enamel pans are chipped, voluntarily discarded at this time). Inspected Dec. 26.
Reid's Drive-In, 150 Lake Ave. No critical violations. Three others (light shield missing over hot dog grill; grease filter over burger grill is coated; covers missing on two pickle dispensers). Inspected Dec. 19. As of reinspection Jan. 18, all previous violations have been corrected.
South Lockport Fire Company, 5666 S. Transit Road. No critical violations. One other (thermometer needed for walk-in cooler). Inspected Dec. 20.
Speedway Park, 400 Corinthia St. No violations. Inspected Dec. 19.
Wrights Corners Presbyterian Church, 6515 Ridge Road. No violations. Nonoperational inspection, Jan. 8.
Junior's Truck Stop, 5647 Niagara Falls Blvd. Critical violations: two (proper food testing thermometer not available, repeat violation; improper cooling technique used on potentially hazardous foods, repeat violation). Three others (improper thawing of hamburger, repeat violation; towel dispenser unit is broken in men's restroom; raw meat is not to be stored above eggs). Inspected Dec. 4. As of reinspection Jan. 10, no critical violations. One other (towel dispenser needed in grill area near sink).
Marlon Moore Hot Cocoa, Mobile Unit, Old Falls and Third streets. No violations. Inspected Dec. 18.
Niagara Falls Housing Authority Family Resource Building, 3001 Ninth St. No violations. Inspected Dec. 7.
Niagara Children Education and Treatment Center, 9812 Lockport Road. No violations. Preoperational inspection, Dec. 12.
Old Country Buffet Restaurant, 8215 Niagara Falls Blvd. No critical violations. One other (some food debris on shelves of walk-in cooler). Inspected Dec. 11.
Pour House Tavern, 1974 Mackenna Ave. No violations. Inspected Dec. 7.
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1917 11th St. No violations. Inspected Dec. 6.
Shady Rest Adult Home, 1102 Main St. No violations. Inspected Dec. 4.
Sunset Lodge No. 295, 3200 Highland Ave. No critical violations. One other (soap missing from both restrooms). Inspected Dec. 6.
Tim Hortons, 8500 Niagara Falls Blvd. No violations. Preoperational inspection, Dec. 27.
Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers, 6020 Porter Road. No critical violations. Three others (light shield needed in walk-in-freezer; some food debris found on tomato slicer and can opener; handwashing sink in kitchen area has leaking pipe). Inspected Dec. 5.
The Woodshed, 518 Third St. No violations. Inspected Dec. 8.
Sacred Heart School Cafeteria, 1112 South Ave. No violations. Inspected Dec. 6.
Reedemer Lutheran Church, Falconer and Thompson Streets. No violations. Inspected Dec. 28.
Mario's Pizzeria Restaurant, 151 Division St. Critical violations: four (probe-type thermometer needed to monitor safe food temperatures; bottles of cleaner need to be labeled for contents or discarded; long hose attached to spigot with no backflow device, removed at this time; can of roach and ant killer found under sink, discarded at this time). Eight others (improper setup at three-bay sink; hood above pizza oven has hanging dust; accurate thermometers not in all refrigerators and freezers; soap and paper towels needed at three-bay sink; no soap and paper towels in employee restroom; small area of counter is worn away under cutting board and is not easily cleanable; counters are not being rinsed and sanitized; wiping cloths not stored in sanitizing solution). Inspected Jan. 2. As of reinspection Jan. 9, no critical violations. Three others (dust hanging from hood; accurate thermometers still needed in all refrigerators and freezers; soap and towel dispensers need to be filled in restroom). As of reinspection Jan. 24, all previous violations have been corrected.
Sportsplex, 90 Ridge Road. No critical violations. Two others (single-service utensils need to be stored with handles facing in one direction; bottle of water for pretzels needs to be labeled). Inspected Dec. 20.
St. Paul Lutheran School, 453 Old Falls Blvd. No critical violations. One other (table under sneeze guard has worn surface and is no longer easily cleanable). Inspected Dec. 13.