Shelby County restaurant marks April 19-25

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Every week WREG compiles the highest and lowest scores from Shelby County restaurant inspections. Find more sheet music from Shelby County and other counties in Tennessee here.

The lowest:

Wing Guru – 87
7199 Stage Rd Memphis, TN 38133
Violations include: no employee sickness policy present, no paper towels in hand washing sink, observed raw chicken stored on raw beef, mislabeled seasoning, and dumpster door left open with trash around the dumpster.

Cafe Memphis Mojo – Continued: 86; No change of 86
7124 Highway 64, Suite #101
Violations include: employee observed not changing gloves after handling raw beef, employee then proceeds to pick up mushrooms and put them on the grill and touch the hamburger buns with the same gloves. Another employee left the kitchen to bring food to a customer, but did not wash his hands after returning to the kitchen, instead changing his gloves. Observed raw beef stored on shelf above pickles inside cooler, raw beef stored next to cheese and lettuce inside cooler, sauces were not labeled inside from cooler, food stored on floor (cooking oil and pickles), wiping cloth not stored in sanitizer bucket and not used to sanitize prep area, scoop left in dry seasoning, employee has washed a cut in the prep sink and not the 3 compartment sink.

Inspector’s note: “I haven’t seen an employee wash their hands at the sink since [I’ve] Been to this establishment. There were only two employees so one employee had to take orders and prepare the food while the other employee stayed on the grill.

Additional Note: Violations #8 and #13 have not been corrected.

Sheet metal roof – Follow-up: 85; Improved by 76
315 Beale Street Memphis, TN 38104
Violations include: prep cooler does not have adequate temperature control, prep cooler is at 46 degrees, improper thermometer observed inside prep cooler, food containers must be labeled, insects observed in employee washrooms, improperly stored wiping cloth in hand washing sink, improperly stored brooms, single-use items must be at least 6 inches off the floor, keg cooler of beer needs to be cleaned – not in good condition. Sliding door to access bar cooler not in good condition – bar cooler interior and exterior needs cleaning, drink cooler exterior needs cleaning, test strips chlorine are needed, the floor of the refrigerator needs cleaning, the toilet in the employee toilet is leaking, no paper towels in the men’s toilet, the toilet needs cleaning, the door to the dumpster is open and rubbish is present around the dumpster, ceiling tiles are dusty, bar floor was very sticky and needs cleaning, floor in front of stove and running- fridge needs cleaning being cleaned, standing water observed on back door floor, posted permit expired, compliance with TN Non-Smoker Protection Act.

Aldo’s pizzas – 84
752 Cooper Memphis, TN 38104
Violations include: pink slime present inside the ice maker, multiple foods not reaching the correct temperatures, near 1 brew chiller does not have adequate temperature control, squeeze bottles and food containers should be labelled, wiping cloth not properly stored, outside of drink cooler should be cleaned, ventilation hood should be cleaned, in accordance with non-smoker protection law of TN.

Elena’s Taco Shop – 82
6105 Highway 70 Memphis, TN 38134
Violations include: no employee sickness policy present (one was provided onsite), employee observed not washing hands after returning to kitchen, pink slime present inside ice maker, unlabeled food in prep cooler and unlabeled bottles of sauce, box of Styrofoam cups on floor of storage area, employee did not change gloves between tasks – employee has written on container label with marker and proceeds to handle food without changing gloves, current permit not displayed, most recent inspection not displayed.

Isabelle’s pizza – 81
2801 Bartlett Rd Memphis, TN 38134
Violations include: no employee sickness policy, employees touched tomatoes with bare hands, beverage machine ice dispenser has black grime, food is not properly labeled – salad dressing, ham, the olives, sauces and chicken inside the cooler were not properly labelled, button broken on the right cold water faucet of the 3 compartment sink and have to use pliers to open them, two out of three bins remained open.

Colton’s Steakhouse & Grill – 72
8030 Highway 64 Bartlett, TN 38133
Violations include: employee observed touching ready-to-eat food with bare hands, multiple sinks not having paper towels available, hand washing sink at entrance, and meat preparation had no soap (all corrected on the spot). Raw shrimp, fish and chicken were stored in a prep cooler next to each other (employees trained in proper storage), incorrect date marking – food left out overnight had no date marking . Some foods had weekday labels for the date of preparation and some foods had weekday labels for the date of disposal (the inspector told the employee to put discarded labels on the foods), the foods in prep cooler must be labeled if not in original container, live cockroaches and fruit flies observed inside kitchen, food discovered in prep cooler – observed a potato on the floor in the storage area and styrofoam cups were on the floor inside the storage area, plastic cups used as spoons and left inside the seasoning, tableware should be stored upside down, microwave dirty, cutting boards need replacing – stained and too many gouges, no chlorine test strips available, plumbing issues in kitchen – water on s ol by line, dumpster door left open, floors should be swept and mopped.

El Idolo Mexican Grill – 72
2740 Bartlett Road Memphis, TN 38134
Violations include: an employee observed drinking from a cup with no lid or straw in the kitchen, no paper towels in the hand washing sink, the ice machine has black grime, temperatures of incorrect hot holding, incorrect date marking, incorrect labeling on food in the cold room and at the cold holding table, ants present at the front hand washing station. Food stored on the floor inside the cooler and where the pots are located in the bar area, the bowl used as a spoon and stored in containers (it is advisable to buy a spoon with a handle), the plates and bowls need to be stored upside down, takeout materials need to be stored upside down, cutting boards are worn out and need replacing, the aft hand wash sink is leaking when the hot water was turned on the dumpster was left open and the trash bag was left next to the dumpster.

Inspector’s note: “The metal container with rice was under the warming table. Food should be hot or cold. Rice temperature was 125 and sat for 25 minutes. There was also soup on the stove just sitting there. I was told by [an employee] that you guys warm up to order. The soup temperature was 80 which has now formed bacteria and the soup was discarded.

Hotel Artfield – Tracking: 65; Improved by 57
2490 Mount Moriah Memphis, TN 38115
Violations include: no running hot water in the lobby restrooms, gnats present throughout the hotel – a large dead fly on hand soap in the ladies restroom, several open doors with bricks, large bins in dark corners full of rubbish inside and outside the property, several large bins present with no lids – bin door left open. No bins inside rooms, overflowing bin at main entrance, large bags of trash outside at back of hotel, debris present all around car park, men’s restrooms and of women are very unsanitary – no tissues or soap present in women’s toilets, urinals do not flush properly and women’s toilets are extremely dirty, exterior walls are heavily stained or corroded, vending machines broken clutter the hallways in addition to overflowing trash. The floors and carpet were sticky and dirty throughout the property. The walls are dirty and the ceilings are stained inside the bathrooms, throughout the lobby, and the ceiling near room 335 is in very poor condition. The wallpaper is peeling in the inspected rooms and throughout the establishment.

Rooms 351/353/355 all had baths and toilets that had not been cleaned – rings and dirt present in all baths. Room 355 had an open and used bar of soap. A thick layer of dust was present on several air vents in the hotels. Rooms 351/353/355 had stained bedspreads, mattress on sofa bed very stained and dirty, stained pillows and pillowcases, sheets had burn marks, stains and holes. Several doors were broken and did not lock automatically from the inside due to missing door parts, which caused the doors to remain ajar.

Room 353 had stained windows, broken windows visible from the outside, dander inside dresser drawers, rusty lamps with no bulbs, heavily stained couch, and a name carved into the dresser.


Awesome Dogs – Moving Cart
3267 Prince George St Memphis, TN 38115

Kandi Kakes and more
5347 Fieldcrest Ave Memphis, TN 38134

Kingdom Hearts
3515 Boxdale Memphis, TN 38118

pizza hut
2919 Elmore Park Bartlett, TN 38134

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