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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 are inspected at least twice a year. High-, medium- or low-risk categories are based on the people typically served (elderly and children are considered at a high risk for food-borne illnesses, so establishments primarily serving them are seen as high-risk); and the type of food served. Foods that require a lot of processing, or foods prepared hours or days before serving are considered at a higher risk for carrying food-borne bacteria, which can cause illness.

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
Finicky's Eating Place, 5252 Saunders Settlement Road; medium risk. No violations. Inspected Nov. 13.

GASPORT
Covenant United Church of Christ, 4449 Main St. (nutrition meal program site); medium risk. Critical violations: none. Sanitation, design, etc.: one (garbage disposal leak, sinks backed up). Inspected Nov. 17.

LOCKPORT
Ballen's Country Inn, 4082 Lockport Road (tavern); low-risk. No violations. Inspected Nov. 25.

Briandi's Bar, 5909 S. Transit Road; low risk. Critical violations: none. Sanitation, design, etc.: two (mens' restroom door needs repair; ladies' room has bare drywall only). Inspected Nov. 20. As of Dec. 9, all violations corrected; ladies' room walls are paneled with wood.

NIAGARA FALLS
Lauranda's Bake Shop, 7619 Buffalo Ave.; low-risk. No violations. Inspected Nov. 5.

Hyde Park Mini Mart, 2910 Hyde Park Blvd.; medium risk. Critical violations: none. Sanitation, design, etc.: two (single-service soda cups and plastic tableware stored so contamination could occur; manual dish washing technique is incorrect). Inspected Nov. 6.

Jake's Bar, 1201 11th Street; low risk. No critical violations. Sanitation, design, etc.: one (wiping cloth not properly stored in sanitizing solution, corrected). No kitchen, only packaged snacks available. Inspected Nov. 7.

Piro's Pizza, 2773 Main St.; medium risk. Critical violations: none. Sanitation, design, etc.: two (wiping cloths not properly stored in sanitizing solution; wood cutting board is scored and pitted, not easily cleanable). Inspected Nov. 12.

The Sandbar, 7714 Buffalo Ave.; medium risk. No critical violations. Sanitation, design, etc.: two (some clean utensils stored so contamination could occur, corrected; cooking area and hood are dirty). Inspected Nov. 12.

LaSalle American Legion Post #1142, 8643 Buffalo Ave.; medium risk. No critical violations. Sanitation, design, etc.: two (wiping cloths not properly stored in sanitizing solution from previous day, removed; some cracked floor tiles in front of bar). Inspected Nov. 14.

Pizza Hut, 765 Niagara St.; medium risk. As of Nov. 14 inspection, critical violations: two (degreaser chemical stored above dry food products where contamination was possible, removed; chicken and beef sausage found slightly above safe temperature, removed and placed in refrigerator). Sanitation, design, etc.: five (some food stored uncovered in walk-in cooler, corrected; accurate thermometer not available for all cooling units; walk-in cooler floor has food debris under shelving; ceiling above dry storage needs repair; light over pizza oven is not shielded). As of Nov. 20: no critical violations. Sanitation, design, etc.: one (no accurate thermometer for small pizza cooler, but temperatures are OK). All other violations corrected.

VFW Post #54, 2772 Main St.; medium risk. Critical violations: none. Sanitation, design, etc.: three (mens' room has no self-closing door; no covered trash container in ladies' room; no accurate thermometers available for refrigerated food storage). Only packaged snacks and some catered meals served. Inspected Nov. 20.

Dana's Snack Shack, 310 Fourth Street at ice rink at E. Dent Lackey Plaza; medium risk. No critical violations. Sanitation, design, etc.: one (no towel dispenser at dish washing sink). Inspected Nov. 20.

Dell's Restaurant and Pizza, 1667 Linwood Ave.; medium risk. No violations. Inspected Nov. 25.

NORTH TONAWANDA
The Brad Street Cafe and Deli, 815 River Road; medium risk. Critical violations: one (moldy container of strawberries found, discarded). Sanitation, design, etc.: two (table linen for coffee-tea had food spills; paper towels not properly held in dispenser in kitchen and restrooms). Inspected Nov. 18.

Frank's Pizza Shack, 452 Oliver St.; medium risk. Critical violations: one (taco meat was below safe temperature, corrected by reheating). Sanitation, design, etc.: five (ceiling in rear preparation area needs repair; no covered trash can in ladies' room; no self-closing door on restroom; wiping cloths not stored in sanitizing solution; lights in rear dish washing area not shielded). Inspected Nov. 19.

Deluxe Lanes, 712 Oliver St. (packaged snacks only); low risk. No violations. Inspected Dec. 10.

WHEATFIELD
Betty's Place, 2214 Niagara Falls Blvd.; medium risk. As of Sept. 12 inspection, critical violations: three (meats in refrigerator tested at temperatures at which bacteria might grow; cooked, sliced potatoes in bowl were at unsafe temperature and were discarded; reheated, mashed potatoes tested at unsafe temperature in steam table). Sanitation, design, etc.: four (refrigerator thermometer is inaccurate; freezer needs defrosting, no proper thermometer found; cleaning rags were tested and found not to contain any bleach or sanitizer, therefore counters were not being properly sanitized). Notice to discontinue issued; refrigerator repaired Sept. 18.

As of reinspection Nov. 19, no critical violations. Sanitation, design, etc.: three (some food left uncovered in coolers; no sanitizing bucket for cleaning cloths in kitchen area, therefore, food contact surfaces were not being properly sanitized, corrected at inspection). Fined $125 for violations.