Koto Japanese Steakhouse, 2160 Wards Road, Lynchburg, VA - Restaurant inspection findings and violations



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Restaurant: Koto Japanese Steakhouse
Address: 2160 Wards Road, Lynchburg, Virginia
Total inspections: 19
Last inspection: Sep 1, 2009

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Violation code

Inspection Date

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Details / Comments

  • 0470 - Corrected During Inspection Critical Different types of raw animal foods stored in such a manner that may cause cross contamination.
  • 0480 - Unlabeled food containers.
  • 0530 - Corrected During Inspection Plastic cups stored in direct contact with ice and used as ice scoop.
  • 1580 - Corrected During Inspection Repeat The cutting board(s) along the meat prep area are heavily scratched and scored. The food contact surface is no longer easily cleaned and sanitized due to condition.
  • 2720 - Observed filled refuse containers stored in the establishment containing food residue wastes without lids.
  • 3170 - Repeat Ceiling tiles in the kitchen area especially near the warewash machine are not maintained in good repair
  • 3300 - Corrected During Inspection Facility is storing unnecessary items to the operation or maintenance of the establishment.
September 01, 2009Routine16Details / Comments
No violation noted during this evaluation. November 05, 2008Follow-up00-
  • 0820 A 2 - Critical Cold holding at improper temperatures, waitstation unit @ 50 F.
  • 0830 - Critical The prepared ready-to-eat (RTE) food in the walk-in cooler is not properly dated for disposition.
  • 1150 - The nonfood contact surfaces of the following equipment is not designed or constructed to be easily cleanable: Dining room chairs, the tiles at the cook top. The chest freezers need defrosting.
  • 1320 - There was no temperature measuring device located in the sushi cooler and walk-in cooler
  • 1570 - Exposed wires hanging down from the light fixtures.
  • 1570 - Unused or non-functioning equipment not removed from the premises or repaired.
  • 1580 - Several cutting board(s) are heavily scratched and scored. The food contact surface is no longer easily cleaned and sanitized due to condition.
  • 1600 - Repeat The interior surfaces of the mechanical warewashing machine are soiled with (food debris, limescale) that may decrease the effectiveness of the unit.
  • 1780 - Critical Repeat Mold build-up in the ice machine bin.
  • 1790 - The cavity of the microwave oven is observed soiled / has a splatter build-up.
  • 1800 - Grease build-up in the exhaust hood filters. The grills have a carbon build-up. The small line chest freezer has a debris build-up.
  • 2890 - Light bulb in the walk-in cooler is not shielded, coated, or otherwise shatter-resistant.
  • 3170 - The ceiling tiles need repair / replacement in several locations thru the facility.
  • 3180 - Repeat The floors thru the kitchen needs cleaning / has a grime build-up. The wall at the dishmachine has a mold / debris build-up.
  • 3200 - Air ducts have a slight dust build-up.
October 15, 2008Routine311Details / Comments
  • 1150 - Several stools at the bar need to be repaired / replaced. To be ordered per owner.
  • 1600 - Repeat The interior surfaces of the mechanical warewashing machine are soiled with (food debris, limescale) that may decrease the effectiveness of the unit.
  • 3180 - Repeat Floors thur the kitchen need a better nightly cleaning.
December 27, 2007Follow-up03Details / Comments
  • 0530 - Unpackaged food stored in direct contact with undrained ice: Shrimp
  • 0610 - Food stored on the floor or food stored less than 6" above the floor: Dry storage areas, rice, soda, etc.
  • 0800 - Critical Rice being held at room temperature.
  • 1150 - Several stools at the bar need to be repaired / replaced.
  • 1320 - There was no temperature measuring device located in the bar units.
  • 1600 - Repeat The interior surfaces of the mechanical warewashing machine are soiled with (food debris, limescale) that may decrease the effectiveness of the unit.
  • 1780 - Critical Mold / rust build-up in the ice machine bin.
  • 1800 - Grease build-up in the exhaust hood filters of all exhaust hoods. Carbon build-up on all grill units. The interior of the clothes washer has a debris / grime build-up.
  • 3170 - Floors in the dishmachine area need to be re-grouted.
  • 3180 - Floors thur the kitchen need a better nightly cleaning.
  • 3220 - Mops not hung up to air dry.
  • 3260 - Personal items being stored in a way that may contaminate food and clean equipment.
  • 3270 - Critical Methods are not being used to control pests, several noted during inspection.
December 14, 2007Routine310Details / Comments
No violation noted during this evaluation. March 30, 2007Follow-up00-
  • 0820 - Critical Cold holding at improper temperatures. Salad unit at 70 degrees.
  • 1320 - Corrected During Inspection There was no temperature measuring device located in the equipment. (walk-in cooler, reach-in unit.).
  • 1570 - Mechanically vented hood filters not in good repair or have gaps in between filters.
  • 1570 - Chest freezer door was observed in a state of disrepair and damaged.
  • 1600 - The interior surfaces of the mechanical warewashing machine are soiled with (food debris, limescale) that may decrease the effectiveness of the unit.
  • 1790 - The (cavity, door seal) of the microwave oven is observed soiled.
  • 1800 - Debris build-up in bar keg cooler, catch trays of the stove, and grease build-up in exhause hood filters.
  • 2740 - Trash and litter were observed adjacent to the refuse container outside the facility.
  • 2890 - (Infrared lamp, Heat lamp) in food prep area not protected against breakage by a shield.
  • 3100 - Corrected During Inspection Storage of personal items over food prep area. (Rice cooker area)
  • 3170 - Repeat Ceiling tiles at walk-in cooler is not maintained in good repair
  • 3180 - Ceiling in the dishroom has a dust build-up. Floors under the grill stations have a food/ debris build-up.
March 15, 2007Routine110Details / Comments
No violation noted during this evaluation. December 05, 2006Follow-up00Details / Comments
3170 - Repeat The ceiling thur the back of the facility are not maintained in good repair or are missing tiles.May 17, 2006Follow-up01Details / Comments
  • 0820 - Critical Cold holding at improper temperatures, kitchen reach-in unit @ 54F.
  • 1150 - The back chest freezer needs de-frosting.
  • 1600 - Repeat The interior surfaces of the mechanical warewashing machines (2) are soiled with (food debris, limescale) that may decrease the effectiveness of the unit. The spray noozle of the dishmachine area has a debris build-up.
  • 1770 A - Critical The following equipment food-contact surfaces were observed soiled to sight and touch: Front grills and sushi bar toaster.
  • 1800 - Grease build-up in the exhaust hood filters. Debris build-up on top of the microwave oven. The exterior of the rice cookers have a debris build-up.
  • 3045 - Repeat A sign or poster that notifies food employees to wash their hands is not provided at all lavatories used by food employees, Men's room.
  • 3170 - The ceiling thur the back of the facility are not maintained in good repair or are missing tiles.
  • 3180 - Kitchen floors need cleaning / have a grime build-up.
May 11, 2006Routine26Details / Comments
  • 1570 - The door gasket of the reach-in unit and walk-in cooler are (missing, damaged). On order per Mgr.
  • 1600 - The interior surfaces of the mechanical warewashing machine are soiled with (food debris, limescale) that may decrease the effectiveness of the unit. De-Limer ordered per Mgr.
August 15, 2005Follow-up02Details / Comments
  • 0470 - Critical Unwrapped or uncovered food in the walk-in cooler, buckets of soy sauce, and reach-in unit.
  • 0610 - Food stored on the floor or food stored less than 6" above the floor, dry storage room.
  • 0820 - Critical Repeat Cold holding at improper temperatures: Walk-in cooler @ 45F.
  • 1320 - There was no temperature measuring device located in the refrigerator
  • 1570 - The door gasket of the reach-in unit and walk-in cooler are (missing, damaged).
  • 1600 - The interior surfaces of the mechanical warewashing machine are soiled with (food debris, limescale) that may decrease the effectiveness of the unit.
  • 1770 A - Critical The following equipment food-contact surfaces were observed soiled to sight and touch: Stove, grill, and spray nozzle.
  • 1790 - The (cavity, door seal) of the microwave oven is observed soiled.
  • 1800 - Repeat Food debris : Food processer base, stove top, burners, rice cookers, under front grill. Mold inside the keg cooler. Grease build-up : Exhaust hood filters in the dining room.
  • 2580 - A condensate drain line servicing the bar beer cooler clogged, thus standing water was in the bottom of the cooler.
  • 3045 - A sign or poster that notifies food employees to wash their hands is not provided at all lavatories used by food employees
  • 3180 - Mold build-up on the walls and floors of the dishmachine area.
  • 3270 - Critical Methods are not being used to control pests.
August 09, 2005Routine49Details / Comments
1800 - The nonfood contact surface of the @EQUIPMENT@ has accumulations of grime and debris. Grease build-up in the exhaust hoods.February 13, 2005Follow-up01Details / Comments
  • 0820 - Critical Repeat Two door reach-in unit on the line holding @ 50'F.
  • 1800 - Repeat The nonfood contact surface of the @EQUIPMENT@ has accumulations of grime and debris. Grease build-up in the exhaust hoods.
February 10, 2005Follow-up11Details / Comments
  • 0480 - Unlabeled food containers, rice, flour, etc.
  • 0820 - Critical Fillet @ 47'F, cold holding at improper temperatures. Moved to the walk-in cooler.
  • 1580 - The cutting board(s) along the back line are heavily scratched and scored. The food contact surface is no longer easily cleaned and sanitized due to condition.
  • 1600 - The interior surfaces of the mechanical warewashing machine are soiled with (food debris, limescale) that may decrease the effectiveness of the unit, both units.
  • 1780 - Critical Food contact surfaces of the @EQUIPMENT@ used to prepare/store potentially hazardous food items were observed soiled with accumulations of food residues. Mold build-up in the ice machine bin.
  • 1800 - The nonfood contact surface of the @EQUIPMENT@ has accumulations of grime and debris. Grease build-up in the exhaust hoods, food debris in the back reach-in unit.
  • 2890 - Repeat Light bulb in back exhaust hood not shielded, coated, or otherwise shatter-resistent.
  • 3045 - A sign or poster that notifies food employees to wash their hands is not provided at all lavatories used by food employees
  • 3180 - Standing water in the bar cooler.
February 04, 2005Routine27Details / Comments
  • 1570 - Repeat Mechanically vented hood filters not in good repair or have gaps in between filters. On order per Mgr.
  • 2890 - Repeat Light bulb in @LOCATION@ not shielded, coated, or otherwise shatter-resistent. In the exhaust hood. On order per Mgr.
June 25, 2004Follow-up02Details / Comments
  • 1800 - The nonfood contact surface of the @EQUIPMENT@ has accumulations of grime and debris. All exhaust hoods and filters thur facility, mold on the walls and floors in the dishmachine area.
  • 3220 - Mops not hung up to air dry.
  • 0470 - Critical Unwrapped or uncovered food in the @LOCATION@. Reach-in unit at the line, walk-in cooler.
  • 1570 - @EQUIPMENT@ was observed in a state of disrepair and damaged. Missing exhaust filters, floors need grout in the dishmachine area, chest freezer door needs repair.
  • 1100 - Critical The food contact surface of the @EQUIPMENT@ is not smooth, contains cracks, chips, or pits and can not be easily cleaned. Lid busted on bucket of frozen strawberrys, piece of plastic in the product.
  • 0530 - Unpackaged food stored in direct contact with undrained ice. Shrimp
  • 2890 - Light bulb in @LOCATION@ not shielded, coated, or otherwise shatter-resistent. Back exhaust hoods
  • 3180 - @Physical structure@ in the @Location@ noted in need of cleaning. Floors thur the kitchen need better nightly cleaning.
  • 3240 - Handwashing facilities are unclean and not maintained
  • 1770 A - Critical The following equipment food-contact surfaces were observed soiled to sight and touch: @EQUIPMENT@. Stove, grills, rice cookers, front grills.
June 11, 2004Routine37Details / Comments
No violation noted during this evaluation. January 07, 2004Follow-up00Details / Comments
No violation noted during this evaluation. December 22, 2003Routine00-

September 01, 2009 (Routine)


Violations: Comments:
Kitchen manager exhibited exceptional managerial control over the kitchen operations. Thank you!

October 15, 2008 (Routine)


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December 27, 2007 (Follow-up)


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December 14, 2007 (Routine)


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March 15, 2007 (Routine)


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December 05, 2006 (Follow-up)

Comments:
Restroom sewage lines had been cleared and plumbers were still on site finihing up.3 signs at front entrance stating closed for lunch,owner to clean up area completely and then call Steve Simpson prior to opening again.

May 17, 2006 (Follow-up)


Violation: 3170 - Repeat The ceiling thur the back of the facility are not maintained in good repair or are missing tiles.
Maintain physical facilities in good repair. Poor repair and maintenance compromises the functionality of the physical facilities.

May 11, 2006 (Routine)


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August 15, 2005 (Follow-up)


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August 09, 2005 (Routine)


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February 13, 2005 (Follow-up)


Violation: 1800 - The nonfood contact surface of the @EQUIPMENT@ has accumulations of grime and debris. Grease build-up in the exhaust hoods.
Clean the surface at a frequency necessary to preclude accumulation of soil residues that become encrusted or attract insects and rodents.

February 10, 2005 (Follow-up)


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February 04, 2005 (Routine)


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June 25, 2004 (Follow-up)


Violations: Comments:
All other violations from previuous inspection 06/11/04, corrected.

June 11, 2004 (Routine)


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January 07, 2004 (Follow-up)

Comments:
Corrected items from previous inspection as requested: Light bulbs shielded, food covered and removed from the floor, 3 compartment sink test kit on order, new dishmachine on order, thermometers replaced in all units, rice cookers and exhaust hoods/filters cleaned. Nice Job !

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