Heath Dept. Roundup: City Stroll

We're back to a city-wide stroll this week on HDR, keeping up with all that is gritted and grimed.

At Doneraki Dos (7705 Westheimer), inspectors answered a complaint on May 27 and found the moist cloths used for food spills were not being cleaned or stored in cleaning solution between uses, and a wall or ceiling not kept in good repair. The hot water sanitizing rinse for equipment also was not hot enough (or was too hot), and insects were not prevented from entering the kitchen through gaps in the walls or at windows and doorways.

A routine inspection May 28 at Yellow River Chinese Restaurant (9600 Bellaire Blvd.) found food and equipment stored where they shouldn't have been -- such as in the locker room, garbage room, mechanical room, toilet room or under a stairwell. That violation sounds worse when you consider that inspectors also cited the eatery for not taking steps to minimize the presence of rodents, flies and roaches. Equipment also was not cleaned often enough to prevent the accumulation of dust, dirt and other debris.

Hong Kong Dim Sum (9889 Bellaire Blvd.) was cited in a routine inspection May 27 for not keeping the floors clean in several areas of the kitchen, for not cleaning equipment often enough to prevent the accumulation of dust, dirt and other debris, and for not measuring whether the water in the dishwasher was hot enough to do its job. The eatery also was slapped with what we've termed the Yeti violation: Employees were not wearing effective hair restraints or clothing that covered their body hair when handling food or utensils.

Finally, a change-of-ownership visit to Armando's (2603 Westheimer) on June 1 found the doors on the toilet room were not solid, tight-fitting or self-closing, that there was no shielding or shatter-resistant protection provided for the lights in several areas of the kitchen, and that insects were not prevented from entering through gaps in the walls or at windows and doorways.


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