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Clayton Restaurant Inspections: Fruit Flies, Cooling Issues

A look at May restaurant inspections conducted by the St. Louis County Department of Health.

Here is a look at some of the restaurant inspections conducted in and near Clayton during May. Clayton-Richmond Heights Patch examined inspection reports in the 63105 ZIP code filed between May 6 and the end of the month. Information has been compiled using publicly available data published to the website of the .

Except for the Half & Half listing, all inspections were conducted on a routine basis. The Half & Half inspection was conducted in conjunction with the opening of that restaurant.

Alexander's Restaurant at Sheraton, 7730 Bonhomme Ave.
Inspection date: May 9
Grade: A (98)
Observations and corrective actions:

  • "Greater than 10 fruit fly objects observed in kitchen"

Barcelona, 34 N. Central Ave.
Inspection date: May 11
Grade: A (100)
Observations and corrective actions: None listed

Barrister's, 15 N. Meramec Ave.
Inspection date: May 10
Grade: A (99)
Observations and corrective actions:

  • "Walls, floors, ceiling are not smooth, durable and easily cleanable"

Breve Espresso Cafe, 120 S. Central Ave.
Inspection date: May 11
Grade: A (100)
Observations and corrective actions: None listed

C.J. Muggs, 200 S. Central Ave.
Inspection date: May 9
Grade: A (98)
Observations and corrective actions:

  • "An employee was handling ready-to-eat products without using gloves, tongs, deli tissues or other suitable handling measure … (lettuce/tomatoes)." The report indicates on-site education about bare-hand contact was provided.
  • "The equipment for cooling food is not sufficient for proper cooling of food … Facility was having to use time as a control because cold hold units were not able to maintain food at 41F or below."
  • "Wall, floor, ceiling materials are not smooth, durable, and easily cleanable … Surface areas have worn with time."

Cafe Manhattan, 505 S. Hanley Rd.
Inspection date: May 23
Grade: A (100)
Observations and corrective actions: None listed

Cafe Napoli, 7754 Forsyth Blvd.
Inspection date: May 12
Grade: A (100)
Observations and correction actions: None listed

First Watch, 8001 Forsyth Blvd.
Inspection date: May 24
Grade: A (100)
Observations and corrective actions: None listed

Half & Half, 8135 Maryland Ave.
Inspection date: May 27
Grade: A (97)
Observations and corrective actions:

  • "No paper towels at the 2 employee hand-washing sink."
  • "No consumer advisory for raw or undercooked animal foods."
  • "Thirty days to provide proof of Hep. A immuniztions (sic)."

J McGraughs, 8405 Maryland Ave.
Inspection date: May 16
Grade: A (93)
Observations and corrective actions:

  • "The person(s) in charge during the inspection did not possess a valid food protection certification."
  • "Signage to encourage hand washing was inadequate or missing at hand washing sinks."
  • "The hepatitis A vaccination documentation for employees is not maintained in a clear and concise manner … Grid List has not been updated since 2007."
  • In reference to a walk-in cooler: "Non-food contact surfaces of equipment are not constructed of corrosion resistant, nonabsorbent, smooth materials."
  • "Wall/floor/ceiling materials are … not smooth, durable, and easily cleanable."

Kaldi's, 700 DeMun Ave.
Inspection date: May 11
Grade: A (100)
Observations and corrective actions: None listed

Kruegers Tavern, 7347 Forsyth Blvd.
Inspection date: May 10
Grade: A (100)
Observations and correction actions: None listed

Mazara, 7923 Forsyth Blvd.
Inspection date: May 31
Grade: A (96)
Observations and corrective actions:

  • Hepatitis A vaccination documentation requested

Metro Java, 231 S. Bemiston Ave.
Inspection date: May 10
Grade: A (100)
Observations and corrective actions: None listed

Mortons of Chicago, 7822 Bonhomme Ave.
Inspection date: May 9
Grade: A (100)
Observations and corrective actions: None listed

Oceano Bistro, 44 N. Brentwood Blvd.
Inspection date: May 23
Grade: A (100)
Observations and corrective actions: None listed

The Plaza Grill and Restaurant, 7750 Carondelet Ave.
Inspection date: May 10
Grade: A (99)
Observations and corrective actions:

  • "Light bulbs are not properly shielded or shatterproof … Broke light shield above walk in cooler."

Ruth's Chris Steak House at Shaw Park Plaza, 1 N. Brentwood Blvd.
Inspection date: May 16
Grade: A (100)
Observations and corrective actions: None listed

St. Louis County Jail Kitchen, 100 S. Central Ave.
Inspection date: May 11
Grade: A (100)
Observations and corrective actions: None listed

St. Louis County Juvenile Court Kitchen, 501 S. Brentwood Blvd.
Inspection date: May 11
Grade: A (100)
Observations and corrective actions: None listed

Sasha's Wine Bar and Market, 706 DeMun Ave.
Inspection date: May 10
Grade: A (95)
Observations and corrective actions:

  • "The facility is not able to provide hepatitis A vaccination documentation for all employees … Left Grid List to be completed."
  • "The facility is not maintained at an adequate frequency to prevent dirt and resident buildup … AC pipe line dripping condensation into bar/dining area."

St. Louis Hillel East Kitchen, 6300 Forsyth Blvd.
Inspection date: May 31
Grade: A (100)
Observations and corrective actions: None listed

St. Louis Hillel West Kitchen, 6300 Forsyth Blvd.
Inspection date: May 31
Grade: A (100)
Observations and corrective actions: None listed; a separate note states that the kitchen is closing

Straub's (retail), 8282 Forsyth Blvd.
Inspection date: May 24
Grade: A (96)
Observations and corrective actions:

  • "Various items throughout establishment that were prepackagage (sic) for grab and go, that contained more than two ingredients, were not labeled properly."
  • "Observed area around equipment throughout establishment that were non-smooth, durable, or easily cleanable."
  • "Observed several areas worn with time that no longer are smooth durable or easily cleanable."

Straub's Deli, 8282 Forsyth Blvd.
Inspection date: May 24
Grade: A (100)
Observations and corrective actions: None listed

Straub's Kitchen and Bakery Mftg., 8282 Forsyth Blvd.
Inspection date: May 24
Grade: A (100)
Observations and corrective actions: None listed

Straub's (seafood), 8282 Forsyth Blvd.
Inspection date: May 24
Grade: A (100)
Observations and corrective actions: None listed

Substreet Deli, 7900 Carondelet Ave.
Inspection date: May 11
Grade: A (100)
Observations and corrective actions: None listed

Uptown Cafe, 105 S. Meramec Ave.
Inspection date: May 11
Grade: A (100)
Observations and corrective actions: None listed

Washington University Faculty Club, 6440 Forsyth Blvd.
Inspection date: May 31
Grade: A (99)
Observations and corrective actions:

  • Notes indicate that ceiling tiles should be kept in good repair "so that the surfaces are impervious, smooth, and cleanable."

World News (retail), 4 S. Central Ave.
Inspection date: May 19
Grade: A (100)
Observations and corrective actions: None listed

Questions about this report may be directed to nate.birt@patch.com.

Geewalsh June 08, 2011 at 01:19 AM
Is the "I-HOP' restaurant on Francis Place within the City of Clayton ? It should be inspected--I was a frequent patron until last year when I observed a kitchen employee exit a comode and leave the rest room and return to the kitchen without washing his hands. I haven't eaten there since. Ugh!

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