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Postby Happy Mom » Tue Feb 09, 2016 8:14 am

Osceola Wings Etc. fined for health violations


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Osceola Wings Etc. fined for health violations
Osceola Wings Etc., at 11480 McKinley Highway, Osceola, closed for a day on Jan. 21 to make fixes, after the St. Joseph County Health Department cited the restaurant for multiple repeat health code violations after an inspection a day earlier. Tribune Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN
Posted: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 4:38 pm
By Jeff Parrott South Bend Tribune

The St. Joseph County Health Department Tuesday fined the Osceola Wings Etc. for multiple repeat health code violations found during a Jan. 20 inspection.
The restaurant, at 11480 McKinley Highway, was ordered to pay $550 — $350 in fines and a $200 fee for being on probation over the next six months. During that time, the location will be subject to more frequent inspections, and if enough violations are found, can be shut down for up to 30 days.
At the health department’s request, the restaurant closed for the day on Jan. 21 to correct the violations.
A Jan. 4 inspection found 11 violations, two of them critical. A follow-up inspection on Jan. 20 found even more, 18 violations, six of which were critical and four of which were repeat violations, health officials said at a hearing Tuesday.
The four critical violations on Jan. 20 included cooked chicken and cheese sauce being kept at temperatures that weren’t hot enough; blue cheese that wasn’t cold enough; pulled pork, hot dogs and cooked ribs that were marked with dates that were older than a week; and an employee eating at a prep counter with an open can of beverage and a coffee drink stored in a bar refrigerator.
Non-critical violations included a strong sewer gas smell, accumulated grease and food debris on equipment, water pooling at the base of food make-stations, and accumulated black residue on hood filters and surrounding surfaces, and on the floor in the kitchen.
District manager Josh Lundvall said the sewer problem had existed for some time, and the company, after trying to seal pipes and connections at various points, ultimately resolved it by digging a new pit.
All but three of the violations across both inspections were attributed to employees failing to follow health codes rather than malfunctioning equipment.
Manager Chad Kronewitter said he had implemented new checklists for employees to follow and initial, and managers are now talking to employees before their shifts about things the need to follow food safety codes, including cleaning regularly and checking food temperatures often.
Kronewitter said employees spent the day cleaning during the one-day closure and have become more aware of what needs to be done to ensure food safety.
“When she came back and told us that we needed to close for the day was the worst thing I’ve ever gone through professionally,” Kronewitter said.
Rob Hensmann, a co-owner, apologized to health department officials at the hearing.
“Your guys’ time is valuable and you shouldn’t have to spend it doing this,” Hensmann said. “We’re embarrassed. We operate 11 of our own restaurants and 41 as a system, and this should never have happened. Our management team, there’s no excuses. They just weren’t focused on the right priorities. They are now and it won’t happen again. We’re confident of that. They’ve worked really hard to analyze the issues and understand what they’re doing wrong.”

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Re: Health Dept.

Postby Happy Mom » Wed Apr 13, 2016 5:57 pm

Main Street Pub fined, reopened after fixing health violations


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Main Street Pub fined, reopened after fixing health violations
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Main Street Pub, 2046 South Bend Ave., was allowed to reopen after it passed a 3 p.m. Monday follow-up inspection by the St. Joseph County Health Department. The business was ordered temporarily closed April 4 for numerous health code violations. SBT photo/JEFF PARROTT
Posted: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 6:00 am | Updated: 7:10 am, Tue Apr 12, 2016.
By Jeff Parrott South Bend Tribune

St. Joseph County public health officials fined and temporarily closed Main Street Pub, a bar and restaurant near the Notre Dame campus, for multiple repeat health code violations but let it reopen Monday after it passed a 3 p.m. follow-up inspection.

A March 23 inspection of the business, at 2046 South Bend Ave., found 24 violations — seven of them critical and three of them repeat violations. That triggered another inspection April 4, which found 15 violations, with five of them critical and nine repeat violations.
At a hearing Monday, the health department imposed a total of $1,350 in fines for the repeat violations, plus a $200 fee for being placed on six months’ probation. During that time, inspectors will visit more often and any more serious or repeat violations could cause immediate temporary closure.
It’s the second-largest fine the department has imposed on a food service establishment in the past year, smaller than only the $1,400 assessed against Famous Dave’s Barbeque in August. Famous Dave’s closed permanently a week later.
Main Street Pub, which had been ordered closed since the April 4 inspection, has corrected its problems and implemented changes aimed at preventing future violations, the Kalamazoo, Mich.-based company’s regional manager, Chris Chalenko, told department officials at a hearing Monday.
“It’s done and over with, we have a long row to hoe to make sure we live up to our end of the deal with the Indiana code,” Chalenko said. “I’m sorry it took the closing of our business for us to figure out what’s going on. It’s affected a lot of people.”
Chalenko said the company has fired some employees, including the prior general manager, and brought in a management team from Kalamazoo to make improvements.
County health officer Dr. Luis Galup told Chalenko that just as he dislikes firing people, the department doesn’t enjoy closing businesses down.
“This is for your protection, to make sure nobody gets hurt,” Galup said. “If they do get hurt, you are going to get hurt.”
“Yep,” Chalenko said. “I get it.”
The types of violations were wide-ranging. Critical violations found on the April 4 follow-up inspection included:
• Eggs stored over ready-to-eat food items in a grill line make-station.
• Internal temperatures of raw hamburger, cooked pasta and sautéed portabella mushrooms in a cooler were too high.
• Rice pilaf and Spanish rice in the walk-in cooler were date-marked March 27, making them one day older then the allowable seven-day limit.
• A chef’s knife was stored on a knife rack with residue present on the blade.
• Drain flies were observed in the bar area.
Chalenko said the company has reminded employees about the need to prevent such violations in the future. He said the temperature violations resulted from the cooler not being plugged in that day. A pest control firm has been contracted to address the drain flies.
He said the location has posted a checklist for employees to ensure all regulations are being followed each shift, an idea the company is bringing to its Michigan properties as well.
County food service director Carolyn Smith said Chalenko’s responses to the violations were “commendable,” but the violations in the follow-up inspection were “unfortunate” since an inspector had hand-delivered an abatement letter announcing the date that the follow-up would occur.
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Re: Health Dept.

Postby Happy Mom » Fri May 20, 2016 7:32 am

Taste of India in Mishawaka shut down for health violations
BY WSBT 22 FRIDAY, MAY 20TH 2016


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Customers fill their plates at Taste of India in October, shortly after it opened in a former Mancino's building at 5540 N. Main St. in Mishawaka. The St. Joseph County Health Department has ordered the restaurant closed for multiple health code violations, and owner Daljinder Singh said a new owner will take possession in two weeks. Tribune File Photo




A popular Mishawaka restaurant has been shut down.

According to Jeff Parrott with our reporting partners at the South Bend Tribune, the health department has shut down Taste of India.

Officials say the restaurant tried covering up food-splattered kitchen walls with duct tape and foil.

Inspectors closed the restaurant on May 12 after finding 31 violations.

Taste of India's owners say they do not plan to reopen because they are selling the business.



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Postby Happy Mom » Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:19 pm

Mexican restaurant in South Bend closed after a month for reports of food-related illness
Health officer hearing scheduled for Monday
By Jeff Parrott South Bend Tribune Updated 3 hrs ago (0)

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A look inside Fiesta Cancun, the new Mexican restaurant on the corner of Ireland Road and U.S. 31 in South Bend. Tribune Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN
Food-related illness probe prompts closure of new South Bend restaurant

A sign on the door of Fiesta Cancun Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, 4502 S. Michigan St. in South Bend, announces its temporary closure Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 after three groups of customers reported becoming ill after eating there. Tribune photo/SANTIAGO FLORES
SOUTH BEND — Less than a month after Fiesta Cancun Mexican Restaurant & Cantina opened, the St. Joseph County Health Department has ordered its closure while it investigates reports of food-related illnesses from customers.

The department "requested closure while reported food related illnesses, received from individuals who ate at Fiesta Cancun Mexican Restaurant, are being investigated," the health department food service director Carolyn Smith told The Tribune in an email.


Customers reported becoming ill after eating at the restaurant on Oct. 15, 19 and 21, according to health department reports.

A customer told the health department he had eaten Steak Mexicano at the restaurant between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Oct. 15, and then suffered vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps around 3 the next morning, and went to the hospital, according to the documents.

That complaint prompted an inspection on Oct. 18 that found eight violations of health code standards, five of them critical.

The following day, Oct. 19, a customer became ill after eating a stuffed pepper at the restaurant, the customer reported in a phone call to the department on Oct. 21. That complaint prompted an inspection on Oct. 21, which found 10 violations, five of them critical and three of them repeated from earlier inspections.

That same day, a group of 11 people ate at Fiesta Cancun and seven of them, all adults, became ill, according to a department document. That report did not state what those customers ate, but a health department official who visited on Tuesday observed processes for preparing and handling refried beans, rice, raw vegetables and white cheese sauce, according to the report.

On Tuesday the department ordered temporary closure "due to an imminent health hazard," according to a department report.

During that visit, a health department official found that white cheese sauce was being stored in a walk-in cooler and was kept at too warm of a temperature. Temperature guidelines are set by state regulations aimed at preventing the growth of bacteria that can cause illness.

The department has scheduled a health officer hearing for Monday. A health officer hearing is a public meeting between the establishment’s representatives and the health department staff, in which the establishment tells public health officials how they are correcting health code violations found during an inspection. It was unclear Thursday whether any more violations were found Tuesday.

After conducting a new food service establishment inspection, the health department had cleared the business, at the southeast corner of South Michigan Street and Ireland Road, to open on Sept. 27.

On its Facebook page, Fiesta Cancun had not mentioned anything about the reported illnesses as of Thursday afternoon. The page stated that "we are currently closed due to being asked by the Health Department to expand our kitchen and adding an extra prep area for our staff. The equipment needed will arrive in a few days to make these changes that will help to better serve you.”

When reached for comment Thursday, co-owner Juan Camarena discussed only the needed food prep area expansion as the reason for the health department’s closure order. After the Tribune asked him about the reported illnesses, Camarena said the health department had informed him of the reported illness cases in ordering the closure.

Health officials Tuesday took food samples that have been sent for laboratory testing to the Indiana State Department of Health in Indianapolis, the results of which were still pending Thursday, Camarena said.

He said he was not aware that his restaurant’s Facebook page had attributed the closure solely to the need to expand the food prep area.

“I have somebody who does my Facebook page but I’m not 100 percent sure what is put on there,” Camarena said.

While noting he does not yet know whether food from Fiesta Cancun made the customers ill, he wishes them well.

“I’m very sorry that happened,” he said. “I’m very worried that happened. I’m not sure what happened because people who got sick have not contacted me yet. I’m sure they have family just like I do.”

The restaurant opened earlier this month featuring bright, festive decor. A majority of the inside pieces were handmade and brought in from Mexico. Scenes of Mexican villages, the countryside, Mayan and Aztec influences, flowers, animals, nods to famous Latin-American art and even some Disney characters are intricately carved and painted into every part of the restaurant.

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Postby Happy Mom » Mon Oct 31, 2016 9:44 pm

SB Mexican restaurant free to open doors after health code violations


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SB Mexican restaurant free to open doors after health code violations

By Shaun Gallagher | Posted: Mon 6:44 PM, Oct 31, 2016 | Updated: Mon 6:50 PM, Oct 31, 2016

SOUTH BEND, Ind. --- A South Bend Mexican restaurant is free to open its doors after several potential health code violations were taken care of.


Fiesta Cancun opened earlier in October to great fanfare. So much so, the owners of the restaurant were overwhelmed with the flood of customers that they had problems with potential cross contamination with foods and problems with cooling and heating foods properly.

The St. Joseph County Health Department received three separate reports of people getting sick after eating at the restaurant, though no results have come back saying there was any food born illnesses.

"A third complaint came in so it's like ok, we got to skip over this step and we have to ask you to close because we're concerned," Carolyn Smith, Food Service Director for St. Joseph County Health Department said. "We want to know what's going on."

The health department investigated after each of the three complaints and found the possibility of food born illness.

"You can't visually see food born illness," Smith said. "What we saw were some procedures that historically could be a contributory factor to product becoming contaminated. We saw raw chicken over beef. We saw raw chicken over some other items. Those are the kinds of things we saw and addressed."


Though the restaurant was closed by the owners while they tried to fix these issues, the health department also demand they closed until they deemed it satisfactory.

At that point, the co-owners of the restaurant worked round the clock to get up to code. They cleared out an office to make room for an area where they can properly handle and separate foods and will have new thermometers to test temperatures of foods. But this is about more than business for the co-owners.

"I feel bad, very bad," Juan Camarena, one of three co-owners of Fiesta Cancun said. "At this point, it's not the money we lost or what we will lose if we close. I care more about the customers than a dollar or a million dollars. I'm really sorry and hope they get better."

The owners say this is just an isolated incident. They also own successful restaurants in Rockford, Ill. and Michigan City. So they're hoping residents can understand what happened and feel safe in coming back.

"My message is, I've enjoyed it," Bill Dobslaw, the landlord of the Fiesta Cancun building said. "My wife has enjoyed it. Friends have enjoyed it and we're doing great. I'm sure it's going to be a great restaurant for years to come."

From where the building used to be, the co-owners are really spending a lot of time in making the facility appealing.

They've imported many of the decorations from Mexico and the entire building is surrounded in painted murals. When entering, you're visually overwhelmed by the number of colors and decorations all over the restaurant, making for what looks to be a very fun environment.

The owners are hoping residents will see this road block they've had with mistakes and feel confident they will have a good meal without getting sick.

"I really want to appreciate everybody that came here," Camarena said. "At this point, I'm asking everybody to trust us. It's not something we wanted to happen. So, come back and see us."

The restaurant will be on probation with the St. Joseph County Health Department for six months and will have a number of unannounced inspections. The restaurant is also responsible for $450 in fines to be paid by Friday, Nov. 4.
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Re: Health Dept.

Postby Happy Mom » Sun May 21, 2017 8:18 am

UPDATE: Mishawaka restaurant temporarily closes after health code violations

Mishawaka restaurant temporarily closes after health code violations


By NewsCenter 16 Staff | Posted: Mon 11:58 AM, May 08, 2017 | Updated: Mon 7:53 PM, May 08, 2017

Mishawaka, Ind. (WNDU) -- The Shakin' Crab in Mishawaka was the focus of a hearing Monday after being cited by the St. Joseph County Health Department for eight “critical” and 14 “non-critical” violations ranging from cross-contamination, improper storing of foods like chicken and milk, and knives stored with old food debris.

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The restaurant was ordered to close shop on Tuesday, May 2 after failing an inspection the previous day.

At Monday’s meeting, St. Joseph County Food Service Director Carolyn Smith reacted to photos taken at last week’s inspection.

"I've not in a long, long time seen the degree of food accumulation and uncleanliness... It's a mess," said Smith.

Many critical violations were corrected at the time of inspection like an “open employee beverage on table with clean utensils” and “Raw [sealed] chicken stored over cooked new potatoes in walk in cooler.”


The restaurant has been placed on 6-month probation and charged with a $200 fine. Frequent inspections will take place during the probationary period.

The restaurant's owner met with county health department leaders on Monday to discuss problems at the restaurant and how they're being addressed.

The owner, Jack Ouyang, tells NewsCenter 16 that the previous manager was fired after the inspection. He is confident that the restaurant will pass the second inspection.

"I'm going to stay at the Shakin' Crab and help them to get reopened," said Ouyang.

After visiting the restaurant on Monday afternoon, the inspector found a few more violations. The restaurant will not reopen until they pass inspection.

The Shakin' Crab first opened in the Town and Country Shopping Center off of McKinley Ave. in Mishawaka in last August.

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Re: Health Dept.

Postby Happy Mom » Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:41 pm

Blaze Pizza temporarily closed for health code violations
By Jake Brown South Bend Tribune Oct 23, 2017 Updated 47 min ago (0)
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The exterior of Blaze Pizza at Eddy Street Commons in South Bend. Tribune File Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ
Becky Malewitz, South Bend Tribune
SOUTH BEND - The St. Joseph County Health Department on Monday temporarily closed Blaze Pizza, located just south of Notre Dame at Eddy Street Commons, for non-compliance with "retail food establishment sanitation requirements."

As of 1:30 p.m., the restaurant was shut down with an "order to close" sign posted on the main entry door. Customers had been inside the establishment upon the health department's arrival around 11:30 a.m.

Blaze Pizza will remain closed at least until a health officer's hearing, scheduled for 11 a.m. Oct. 30. The restaurant would be allowed to reopen if violations are addressed and it passes a re-inspection. Health department officials have a policy of not commenting on violations until that hearing.

A chain with more than 200 locations nationwide, Blaze Pizza first opened at Eddy Street Commons in July 2015.
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