Philly Health Dept.: 'Front door does not prevent the entrance of vermin'

Nearly 20 restaurants and markets were closed temporarily by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health between June 14 and July 5 for “unacceptable” conditions or “imminent health hazards,” including a West Philly halal meat market with a history of failing to pass inspections.

Restaurants that collected dozens of violations — but were not asked to suspend business or otherwise reprimanded — included Wayne and Berkley Seafood on W. Venango St. (34 violations, 11 serious); Red Rooster Tavern – Chick & Bernie’s 7960 Dungan Rd. (34 violations, 10 serious); and Hibachi Grill and Supreme Buffet, 3000 Island Ave. (27 violations, 13 serious).

A list of eateries which were closed, or are facing court dates, follows.

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Wok Fusion
2520 KENSINGTON AVE 19125
1 violation.
Food safety certified person has no city issued food safety certificate. Previously cited for operating without a license in Aug. 2016. Ordered to close for a minimum of 48 hours on July 3.

Subway
2701 N BROAD ST 19132
6 violations, 1 serious.
Insufficient hot water; food safety certified person not on premises. Asked to close temporarily on July 3.

5414 Wyalusing Food Market LLC
5414 WYALUSING AVE 19131
1 violation, 1 serious.
Food safety person not present. Asked to close temporarily on July 3.

Shamrock Pub, at 2nd and Reed Streets., was asked to close temporarily by the Philadelphia health department on June 30. IMAGE: GOOGLEMAPS

Shamrock Pub
1400 S 2ND ST 19147
26 violations, 7 serious.
Food safety person not present; no hand wash sink in bar area; black residue inside ice machine; flying insects in the food prep area; mouse feces inside and on top of cabinets; front door does not prevent the entrance of vermin; no lidded waste receptacle for the disposal of female sanitary napkins in the women’s’ toilet room. Asked to close temporarily on June 30.

Mad 4 Mex, at 34th and Walnut Streets, was ordered to close for minimum of 48 hours on June 30. IMAGE: GOOGLEMAPS

Mad 4 Mex
3401 WALNUT ST 19104
3 violations, 1 serious.
No food safety person present; fresh mouse droppings outside of walk in cooler, next to fryer, on crate where dish rack is stored and near dry storage room. Previously ordered to close for minimum of 48 hours on May 4. Ordered again to close for minimum of 48 hours on June 30. Permitted to reopen July 2.

Mel’s Kitchen at 5001 Umbria St. was ordered to close for minimum of 48 hours on June 26. IMAGE: GOOGLEMAPS

Mel’s Kitchen
5001 UMBRIA ST 19128
8 violations, 1 serious.
Rodent infestation, mouse droppings throughout (repeat violation); grease buildup under cooking equipment. Previously ordered to shut down for 48 hours on June 26 Ordered again to close for minimum of 48 hours on June 30. Permitted to reopen on July 3.

Dunkin Donuts
5680 RISING SUN AVE 19120
17 violations, 4 serious.
Food safety person not present; expired milk in cooler; chicken, eggs, ham, and cheese held at hazardous temperatures; insufficient number of thermometers; employee not wearing hair restraint; dirty restrooms. Asked to close temporarily on June 29.

Medina Halal Meats and Market, at 4319 Chestnut St., was ordered to close for 48 hours on June 28. IMAGE: GOOGLEMAPS

Medina Halal Meats and Market
4319 CHESTNUT ST 19104
34 violations, 11 serious.
Butchered meats hanging over open box of vegetables; blood on food boxes and floor of walk-in cooler; fish stored in black plastic shopping bags in freezer; dead cockroach in bulk lentils; mouse feces on shelving and floors; kitchen staff not aware how to properly wash, rinse, and sanitize equipment; employee did not wash hands with soap or warm water; no soap or towels at food prep hand wash sink; accumulated debris on meat saw; cookies on dish drying rack; chemicals stored with food; insect control device located over meat grinder; mouse feces observed on food storage boxes; cleaning needed throughout. Previously ordered to close for minimum of 48 hours on June 23, 2014; asked to close for violations on April 8. Ordered to close for minimum of 48 hours on June 29. Permitted to reopen on July 3. 

Quick & Quality Breakfast
4035 LANCASTER AVE 19104
22 violations, 9 serious.
Food safety person not present; employee seen blowing into gloves before donning them, told to wash hands and discard them;  employee clothes and plastic bags stored in food prep sink;  raw chicken held in the sanitizing compartment of a 3-basin sink;  food held at hazardous temperatures; mice feces along floor perimeter, eliminate vermin; employees not wearing hair nets. Asked to temporarily close on June 28.

Mel’s Kitchen
5001 UMBRIA ST 19128
23 violations, 7 serious.
Rodent infestation, mouse droppings throughout (repeat violation); mouse feces in cabinets, on shelves and in the cashier, customer area, cooking, rear food prep and toilet room areas; employee touched ready to eat food with her bare hands; tongues (tongs?) stored in water at room temperature and not 135 degrees; no towels at sink;  chili and creamed chipped beef not properly cooled; bleach stored next to beverages; insufficient thermometers; employees not wearing hair restraints. Ordered to close for minimum of 48 hours on June 26.  Permitted to reopen July 3. 

Dunkin Donuts
7601 LINDBERGH BLVD 19153
5 violations, 2 serious.
No hot water; employee did not use soap or warm water to wash hands; general cleaning needed for floors, counters and under food equipment. Asked to close temporarily on June 21.

Marinucci’s Deli
2852 SAINT VINCENT ST 19149
1 violation, 1 serious.
No food safety person present (repeat violation). Asked to close temporarily on June 21.

8 Brother Supermarket, at 1127 N. 40th St., was ordered to close twice by the health department in June 2017. IMAGE: GOOGLEMAPS

8 Brothers Supermarket
1127 N 40TH ST 19104
14 violations, 2 serious.
Food safety certified person could not demonstrate knowledge of food-borne illnesses, symptoms, and reporting; food held at hazardous temperatures;  Dead water bugs on shelves; huge holes in the floor, wall junctures and around utility lines and ceiling. Previously ordered to close for 48 hours on June 16.  Ordered to close for minimum of 48 hours on June 20. Permitted to reopen June 22.

Great Wall Restaurant
6351 N BROAD ST 19141
20 violations, 1 serious.
Dead roaches in freezer;  live roaches under counter refrigerator, behind BBQ oven, on wall by basement compressors, washing machine and in crevices of basement wooden shelving (repeat violation); food stored in a bedroom; ice cream paddles and water ice scoops stored in stagnant water; food held at hazardous temperatures; accumulated grease on cooking equipment. Previously ordered to close on June 12, June 14 and June 16. Ordered to close for minimum of 48 hours on June 18.

Brian’s Seafood
1901 N 27TH ST 19121
7 violations, 1 serious.
Food safety person not present; unapproved domestic kitchen equipment throughout; broken equipment throughout; leak observed under restroom hand sink; trash in front of facility and not in dumpster; caution tape and bad structure. Asked to close temporarily on June 16.

8 Brothers Supermarket
1127 N 40TH ST 19104
24 violations, 8 serious.
Severe fly infestation; fresh mice feces on floor; eliminate vermin; food safety certified person did not know basics about food-borne illnesses and symptoms;  spoiled milk for sale; no soap or paper towels in restroom; pretzels from an unapproved source; accumulated residue on slicer; food held at hazardous temperatures; refrigeration units, shelves and cooking equipment need to be cleaned; trash accessible to rodents; no documentation for change of business ownership. Ordered to close for minimum of 48 hours on June 16.

At Great Wall restaurant on N. Broad St. there were continuing problems with roaches, dead and alive. IMAGE: GOOGLEMAPS

Great Wall Restaurant
6351 N BROAD ST 19141
13 violations, 1 serious.
Live roaches on woks and the food prep table, inside the walk-in refrigerator, reach-in freezer, cold hold unit, and wok stations; roaches observed throughout the basement, and food prep areas; dead roaches observed inside the reach-in freezer and walk-in box; Ordered to close for minimum of 48 hours on June 16.

Saint Jude Food
2550 S 3RD ST 19148
15 violations, 1 serious.
Sewage line backed up in the basement;  food held at hazardous temperatures; unapproved domestic cooking equipment; heavy ice accumulation in  reach-in freezers; debris observed on floors throughout; old mouse droppings on floors in the storage area; grease trap in need of cleaning in the basement.Asked to close temporarily on June 15.

Koffee House @ Temple’;s Kornerberg School of Dentistry was asked to close temporarily because of a lack of hot water on June 15, 2017. IMAGE: GOOGLEMAPS

Koffee House @ Temple’s Kornerberg School of Dentistry
3223 N BROAD ST 19140
11 violations, 3 serious.
No hot water; without hot water hands can’t be properly washed and equipment can’t be properly cleaned; waste water from the Cappuccino machine draining into a plastic bucket. Asked to close temporarily on June 15.

Elias, Jose/Lunch Cart #001630
9 N 05TH ST 19106
8 violations, 2 serious.
Inadequate hot water, no soap at sink; missing probe thermometer. Asked to close temporarily on June 15.

Boston Market in South Philly, at 31 E. Snyder Ave., was ordered to close for a minimum of 48 hours on June 15, 2017. IMAGE: GOOGLEMAPS

Boston Market
31 E SNYDER AVE 19148
11 violations, 2 serious.
Mice feces observed on floors in the ware-washing area; flying insects throughout kitchen and dining area; dead roach on floor; access to employee hand-wash sink blocked by trashcan; debris in ware-washing sink; ice machine in need of repair; debris on floors throughout the establishment, on walls in the ware-washing and utility area. Ordered to close for minimum of 48 hours on June 15.

Great Wall Restaurant
6351 N BROAD ST 19141
18 violations, 2 serious.
Live roaches observed on the food contact surfaces of the woks, cutting board, and knives (repeat violation);  live roaches  inside the packages of shrimp; mouse droppings and roaches throughout basement, food prep, and toilet room areas (repeat violation); accumulated grease on cooking equipment (repeat violation). Ordered to close for minimum of 48 hours on June 15.

Eateries scheduled for hearings in Court of Common Pleas on July 6:

Kabobeesh, 4201 CHESTNUT ST.; Maple Star, 1521 CECIL B MOORE AVE; Pitcher’s Pub, 4326 MAIN ST; Saba Live Poultry, 162 W LEHIGH AVE; Milk & Honey Market, 4435 BALTIMORE AVE; Twins Grocers, 7540 HAVERFORD AVE; Papi Deli Grocery, 839 N 20TH ST; 7-Eleven , 1 FRANKLIN TOWN BLVD; Quality Donuts, 101 W CHELTEN AVE; Family Dollar Store #7417, 908 N BROAD ST ;

Eateries scheduled for hearings in Court of Common Pleas on June 22:

Barra Rossa, 927 WALNUT ST; Orlando’s Bakery, 6540 LEBANON AVE.

Eateries scheduled for hearings in Court of Common Pleas on June 20:

Beijing Garden Li , 5911 RIDGE AVE; Angelino’s Pizzeria Restaurant, 849 N 25TH ST; McMenamin’s Tavern, 7170 GERMANTOWN AVE; Osaka Restaurant, 8605 GERMANTOWN AVE; Zion Lutheran Christian Day Care, 5307 N FRONT ST; 40th St. Grocery, 804 N 40TH ST ; Epicure Cafe at East Falls, 3401 CONRAD ST.

The health department inspects nearly 1,000 eateries and food retailers every two weeks. Every inspection is generally regarded as a “snapshot in time,” and not necessarily a reflection of day-to-day conditions.  Most violations were fixed immediately on site in the presence of an inspector.

If you suspect you have contracted food poisoning or have a sanitation complaint, contact the health department at 215-685-7495.