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 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.
Cambria Volunteer Fire Company, 4631 Cambria-Wilson Road. No critical violations. One other: (table under popcorn popper is not easily cleanable and needs to be replaced). Inspected Jan. 22.
American Legion Post 410, 42 Niagara St. No violations. Inspected Jan. 22. Cousins Cafe, 10 Market St. No critical violations. One other: (new carpeting behind counter will need to be replaced with linoleum when dirty). Inspected Jan. 4.
Cafora's Italian Kitchen II, 2885 S. Main St. No critical violations. Four other: (food-testing thermometer needs to be cleaned and sanitized prior to next use; section of wall tiles in pizza room needs to be repaired; ice scoop improperly stored on top of ice machine, corrected at this time; men's restroom needs self-closing device on door, and ladies' restroom door needs to be adjusted). Inspected Jan. 22.
Bob Evan's Farm, 6543 Niagara Falls Blvd. No critical violations. Three others: (scoop for mashed potatoes improperly stored outside of product on hot holding unit; cooler thermometers needed in all cooler units; covered container needed in employee restroom). Inspected Jan. 31.
Burger King, 1611 Main St. No critical violations. Two others: (tops of cup dispensers are missing, corrected at this time; wiping cloths not stored in sanitizing solution, corrected at this time). Inspected Jan. 19.
Chay's Pizzeria, 135 24th St. No critical violations. One other: (light shield needed for Pepsi cooler). Inspected Jan. 29.
Club 520, 520 Niagara St. No violations. Inspected Jan. 11.
Alexander's Lounge, 16 Sweeney St. No violations. No food served here at this time. Inspected Jan. 19.
Dickie's Donuts, 748 Niagara Falls Blvd. No critical violations. One other: (food debris up against walls on floor behind equipment). Inspected Jan. 26.
Canalside Inn, 4431 Main St. No critical violations. Six others: (bag of potatoes improperly stored on kitchen floor; kitchen towel improperly stored on counter; no paper towel napkins in kitchen, and handwashing station needs to be established at three-bay sink; broken handle needs to be replaced; odd foul odor coming from basement; unable to determine source of deep black area on floor). Inspected Jan. 30.
Barker Fire Department, 1660 Quaker Road. No critical violations. Three others: (door is blocking hand-washing sink, making it inaccessible, and soap and paper towels are needed; surface deterioration on pass-through dish door, making it not easily cleanable; light shield missing in storeroom). Inspected Jan. 5.
Barker Fire Department Niagara Nutrition, 1660 Quaker Road. No critical violations. One other: (handwashing station needs to be established at three-bay sink and hand-washing sink), Inspected Jan. 5.
Alterra Sterling House of Niagara, 6741 Nash Road. No critical violations. One other: (bins not labeled for contents). Inspected Jan. 16.
Wheatfield Post 1451, American Legion, 6525 Ward Road. No critical violations. Two other: (can opener had some metal shavings; hand-washing sign is badly worn in restroom; new sign issued). No food prepared or served here at this time. Inspected Jan. 17.
Auntie Anne's, 6929 Williams Road. No critical violations. One other: (wiping cloths not stored in sanitizing solution between use). Inspected Jan. 26.