Health Department Roundup

Health Department Roundup: Two Very Different Clubs, and More

The Houston Club and the Plaza Club, two private social organizations, announced earlier this year that they planned to merge, maintaining the Houston Club name but moving to the old Plaza club location. We bet the Houston Club is glad the transition to the upper reaches of One Shell Plaza (910 Louisiana) includes a planned renovation. A health inspector, who wrote up the location under the name Plaza Club, issued a citation to the private organization after finding the ceiling/wall poorly maintained; poisonous/toxic materials on site not necessary for operations (corrected on site); sinks not cleaned as often as required; and effective pest-fighting measures not taken.

Back down to street level, and then some -- customizable sushi place How Do You Roll? (914 Main, in the tunnels) was temporarily closed but not cited for three violations. The issues: failure to provide water at 110 degrees Fahrenheit; hand-washing sink not accessible to employees at all times (corrected on site); and failure to conform to Article II. For a sushi place, these are the least offensive reasons for a closure order we can imagine. Feel free to dig through Article II; try to stay awake.

The Men's Club (3303 Sage), which attempts to provide a classier variety of shame than your average strip club, earned five violations during a recent inspection. An inspector found food on display or on a serving line without adequate protection, which is always advised in a strip club; food-contact surfaces with accumulated soil or crusted grease (erotic); and non-food-contact surfaces not kept free of dirt, dust or debris. You probably shouldn't try the food there, anyway. And stick with beer.

Abdallah's Bakery (3939 Hillcroft), where Katharine Shilcutt had a better time than at the Men's Club, had some inspection issues. The city did not issue a citation or closure order, but an inspector did find 11 violations, including openings to the outside not protected against pests entering; no Food Service Manager's Certification; single-service articles not stored in a way that prevents contamination; contamination of foods not prevented by minimization of bare-arm/bare-hand contact (corrected on site); and potentially hazardous food not stored at proper temperatures. We've seen how angry the male owner can seem when you're just buying food from him; we'd hate to see his face when presenting him with a list of nearly a dozen health code violations.

Someone complained about Carter & Cooley (375 W. 19th). Inspectors dropped in and found no violations. This city's health-code snitches continue to disappoint.

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Blake Whitaker
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