The Palms Restaurant, 101 W. Nelson St, Lexington, VA - Restaurant inspection findings and violations

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Restaurant: The Palms Restaurant
Address: 101 W. Nelson St, Lexington, Virginia
Total inspections: 8
Last inspection: Feb 20, 2009

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Violation code

Inspection Date

Inspection Type

Critical violations

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Details / Comments

No violation noted during this evaluation. February 20, 2009Follow-up00Details / Comments
  • 0820 A 2 - Critical The reach-in on the cookline and the walk-in refrigerator were at slightly elevated temperatures. Please check these units ie: defrost cycle, maintenence, or if servicing is needed.
  • 1700 - Critical No chlorine residual was detected in the final rinse at the mechanical dishmachine. The dishmachine was run through several cyclyes. Operator called the service person to have the machine checked.
February 19, 2009Critical Procedures20Details / Comments
No violation noted during this evaluation. March 26, 2008Critical Procedures00Details / Comments
  • 0830 - Critical Operator has purchased the "use by date" labels however the employees were not marking the dates on the labels. Please school the employees on labeling practices.
  • 1530 - There is no properly working test kit provided in the facility for monitoring the concentration of the chemical sanitizing solutions.
  • 3490 - Employee purse, pack of cigarettes and a dirty ash tray were on the dry storage shelf in back of kitchen.
February 28, 2007Routine12Details / Comments
No violation noted during this evaluation. February 13, 2006Routine00Details / Comments
  • 1100 - Use of an older style chilli hot holding unit that requires the can of chilli to be placed in the warmer.
  • 1750 - Observed reuse of manufactured containers.
January 04, 2005Routine02Details / Comments
  • 0610 - There were two bags of popcorn kernels on the floor in the dry storage room.
  • 0470 - Critical Most of the raw meats were located in one designated refrigeration unit, however there was one container of raw marinating chicken stored over other food items.
  • 1100 - There were several food containers that were heat damaged and no longer cleanable. Discard the container and replace with new ones.
  • 0820 - Critical Most of the food temperatures were fine however the baked potatoes were in the temperature danger zone. Keep baked potatoes 140F or above or 41F and below. Do not place baked potatoes on countertop at room temperature. The mngr. corrected at the time of evaluation. The potatoes were discarded and a new batch prepared.
May 18, 2004Routine22Details / Comments
  • 1770 - Observed accumulations of grime and debris on the following food contact surfaces: ice machine lid.
  • 1320 - There was no temperature measuring device located in the reach-in refrigeration units.
  • 3180 - The wall behind the sandwich prep. unit had a slight build up. The floor under the stairwell had some debris.
  • 1150 - The chest freezer lid (in basement) was in poor repair and had duct tape holding the lid together. The green reach-in refrigerator had a wooden platform in the bottom of the unit that was in poor repair and no longer cleanable. It was recommended that the platform be removed and that a washable surface be installed such as stainless steel, etc.
  • 3170 - The basement area has no ceiling and therefore has exposed drain pipes. The air ducts also were exposed.
  • 2930 - Outer opening in basement of the food establishment is not protected against entry of insects and rodents.
October 20, 2003Routine06Details / Comments

February 20, 2009 (Follow-up)

Operator corrected all violations. The service-person for the dishmachine fixed the problem with the sanitizer in the final rinse. Operator used chlorine test-strips to verify that the dishmachine was working properly. THANK YOU FOR TAKING CARE OF ALL THE VIOLATIONS BEFORE THE ACTUAL FOLLOW-UP DATE, GOOD MANAGEMENT.

February 19, 2009 (Critical Procedures)

Violations: Comments:
Overall, the kitchen looked fine. This kitchen is very clean and well maintained. Employees had clean aprons/uniforms. One employee was wearing gloves while filling the salad bar with condiments, good job. Gloves are to be used in this type of situation with the RTE=ready to eat foods, thank you for protecting the public with the barrier-great! There were no violations in this category. All cooling units had thermometers, and the food in these units were code-dated. The reach-in cooling units and the walk-ins were very clean and well organized. Thank you for keeping organized with all of the raw meats on the bottom shelf below and away from other foods. The handsinks were fully stocked with soap/paper towels and signage. Please call me when you have the dishmachine serviced and after checking the two cooling units mentioned.

March 26, 2008 (Critical Procedures)

Overall, facility looked fine. Observed good food and unit temperatures. Operator is doing a great job on labeling and code dating. Facility is doing a nice job on storing raw meats below and away from other foods. Operator had required thermometers and test strips to check the sanitizing solution. The mechanical dishmachine was sanitizing @ 50 ppm chlorine in the final rinse. Operator had signage posted at the handwashing sink in kitchen.

February 28, 2007 (Routine)

Violations: Comments:
Overall, the facility looked fine. Employees had clean uniforms/aprons. Observed good food temperatures. The mechanical dishmachine was sanitizing. The walk-in looked excellent, good job!

February 13, 2006 (Routine)

Overall, the kitchen looked great, nice job. Observed good food and unit temperatures. The mechanical dishmachine was sanitizing @ 50 to100 ppm chlorine. The wiping cloths were set up with 100 ppm chlorine-perfect. The walk-ins downstairs were holding proper temp. Employees had clean uniforms and aprons. Employee practiced good handwashing practices after taking a break.

January 04, 2005 (Routine)

Violations: Comments:
Good food temperatures, good use of gloves with RTE foods. The mechanical dish machine was sanitizing @ 50 to 100 ppm chlorine.

May 18, 2004 (Routine)

Violations: Comments:
Nice job on the remodel of the dry storage room in the basement. The basement has new walk-in units (refrigerator/ & freezer). The old homestyle ones have been removed. The floors, walls, and ceiling are washable-excellent job on the renovation. The mechanical dishmachine was sanitizing @ 180°F in the final rinse.

October 20, 2003 (Routine)

Violations: Comments:
The dishmachine was sanitizing. The test strip turned completely indicating that 180 degrees F was obtained in the final rinse. The wiping cloth solution was set up correctly with 100 ppm. chlorine.

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