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.
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.
Tiny Friends Magical Kingdom, 902 Seneca St. No violations. Inspected July 27.
Wee Care Day Care, 4011 Creek Road. No critical violations. Sanitation, design, etc.: One (hair restraint not available). Inspected July 15.
Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, 5822 S. Transit Road. Critical violations: One (backflow device needed between faucet and hose across dish machine). Sanitation, design, etc.: Four (handwashing station needs handwashing sign, sign issued; considerable number of flies present; some glasses improperly stored at bar; dish machine does not reach proper hot rinse temperature). Inspected Aug. 23.
The Center for Early Childhood Education, 6700 Lincoln Ave. No violations. No food preparation. Inspected Aug. 11.
Bill's Diner, 2762 Main St. No critical violations. Sanitation, design, etc.: Three (bad odor around dumpster; handwashing sign needed in employee restroom; some food improperly stored on floor in walk-in cooler). Inspected Aug. 16.
Dugout Too, 2875 South Main St. No violations. Inspected Aug. 18.
Bedrock's Nite Club, 427 Third St. No violations. Inspected Aug. 2.
Ben and Jerry's, 1994 Military Road. No violations. Inspected Aug. 19.
Buff Social Club, 2565 Young St. No violations. Preoperational inspection, Aug. 6.
Carbon Graphite, 4861 Packard Road. No critical violations. Sanitation, design, etc.: Two (inside cover of chest freezer in disrepair; faucets leaking at three-bay sink). Inspected Aug. 19.
Casale's Tavern, 6908 Buffalo Ave. No violations. No food preparation, only prepackaged snacks. Inspected Aug. 4.
Tiny Treasures Learning Center, 300 Hyde Park Blvd. No violations. Inspected July 13.
Twist-O-the-Mist, 18 Niagara St. No critical violations. Sanitation, design, etc.: One (gasket seal on front refrigerator in disrepair). Inspected July 13.
Wagon Wheel Restaurant, 7201 Niagara Falls Blvd. No critical violations. Sanitation, design, etc.: Two (hood and cooking area needs to be cleaned; wiping cloths in kitchen not properly stored in sanitizing solution, corrected). Inspected July 12.
DeGraff Adult Day Care, 82 Mead St. Critical violations: Two (hot foods not kept at safe hot temperatures; hot foods not kept in hot holding equipment). Sanitation, design, etc.: One (faucet leaks when on in ladies restroom). Inspected Aug. 9.
Bye's Popcorn, Harbor St. No critical violations. Sanitation, design, etc.: One (self-closing device needed on restroom door). Inspected Aug. 20.