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Societies can be judged by how they treat their most vulnerable members. Bob Dylan said that. Sometimes very old people aren't as vulnerable as they let on. We said that, after learning some hard lessons.

Still, the folks at Vosswood Nursing Center (815 S. Voss) probably deserve a little bit better, food-safety wise at least, than the conditions revealed by a recent inspection. The city found eight violations in the kitchen, including: potentially hazardous or ready-to-eat food not labeled with a disposition date; food-contact surfaces of cooking equipment not kept clear of grease deposits and soil; measures not taken to minimize the presence of insects or rodents; at least one dirty floor; openings to outside not protected from entrance of insects; "potentially hazardous cooked foods' minimum specified temperature not reheated within two hours"; and equipment/utensils/plates/glassware not handled in a way that prevents contamination.

In addition to the kitchen, the Popcorn/Ice Cream Lounge at Vosswood had some problems. The Popcorn/Ice Cream Lounge should be a happy place (relative to its setting, obviously). And it may be. But it's also a place where food on display is not protected from consumer contamination; non-food-contact surfaces are not cleaned often enough to stay free of dust/dirt/debris; equipment/utensils/plates/glassware are not handled in a way that prevents contamination; and prepared frozen food is thawed and refrozen. That last one doesn't work with beer and it probably doesn't do food many favors. As with the kitchen, the P/ICL was not issued a citation or closed temporarily.

In happier news, J.R.'s (808 Pacific) only had one issue - non-food-contact surfaces are not cleaned often enough to stay free of dust/dirt/debris. This is the first time we've seen a gay bar on the list, which is sort of interesting. Though we'd rather see an inspection report on the Ripcord.

The League America sports complex restaurant (10510 Westview) had one of the worst inspections of the week. The city issued a citation after turning up ten violations, which included: equipment/utensils/plates/glassware not handled in a way that prevents contamination; cleaned utensils stored too close to the ground or in an otherwise unsanitary manner; potentially hazardous or ready-to-eat food not labeled with a disposition date; potentially hazardous, ready-to-eat food stored at 41 degrees Fahrenheit for more than seven days; employee not wearing hair restraint; cleaning cloths that are either wet, unclean or being used improperly; unnecessarily exposed pipes; and no Food Dealer's Permit.


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