Health Department Roundup: Conspiracy Theory Edition

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In this Fox 26 piece, one of the opponents of the new city regulation that says cops don't need decibel meters to write noise ordinance tickets puts forth an interesting theory. Steve Bundrick suggests the new rules took effect shortly after the red-light cameras were shut down for good, to make up for lost revenue. Maybe that's a little paranoid, but we definitely noticed around that time an up-tick in the number of health inspections performed. (It's worth noting the amount of citations doesn't seem to have gone up enough to provide a budgetary windfall.) Either way, we're pretty sure Annise Parker has garbage truck crews spying on us, and no one can prove otherwise.

The Little Caesars at 10804 S. Post Oak earned a ticket on just three violations: unclean equipment; outside garbage receptacle not covered; and no manager with proper certification on duty. Apparently "Is a Little Caesars" is not considered a health code violation.

Subway at 8618 Stella Link also earned a citation for just three violations. Their issues were no manager with proper certification on duty; plastic bags/wet-strength paper bags used for outside storage; and insufficient hand-washing signs. Two chains, six violations and a pair of tickets issued? Maybe the city is grabbing a little cash by going after the corporate places - they're more likely to be able to afford citations, and they're less likely to elicit the same sympathy a small-business owner would. Or maybe these places are just particularly bad about scheduling certified managers.

Sheba Café (6251 Bissonnet) will contribute to the city's financial health after earning a citation for five violations: employee not wearing an effective hair restraint (repeat/corrected on site, possibly with eye-roll); improper sink sanitation methods; food not protected from contamination; food held at improper temperatures; and no manager with proper certification on duty.

Pho Nga Restaurant (2929 Milam) had a tough time during a routine inspection last week, earning a citation for five violations. Those included improperly handled equipment/glassware/plates/utensils; poisonous/toxic materials not stored in a way that prevents contamination; unapproved pesticides being used and no time-stamp to indicate when unused food must be disposed of.

In related news, does anyone remember the little Vietnamese mall that used to sit in Midtown where that apartment complex is now, between Milam and Travis? The sandwich shop there was great, but we're not sure how an inspection would have turned out. Is "half a dozen old Vietnamese men smoking indoors next to a room full of weird-looking stuffed animals and dusty arcade games" a health code violation?

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