16 Champaign County eateries fail health inspections

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CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - 16 different eateries across Champaign County have failed health inspections, and some were forced to temporarily close between May 1 and Oct. 31.

The News Gazette reports violations ranged from chicken blood dripping down the inside of refrigerators, moldy ice machines, food stored at the wrong temperature,  employees failing to sanitize surfaces between preparing raw and ready-to-eat foods, and wiping their faces and noses with gloves on.

Eight restaurants failed inspections during the first four months of the year.

An adjusted score of 35 or less out of 100 results in a restaurant failing inspection.

If there are critical violations (violations that pose a health threat to the public) or if their scores fall below zero, a restaurant is immediately closed.

Restaurants that get a score between zero and 35 can stay open if they are re-inspected within 30 days.

Restaurants that failed inspections and were temporarily closed include:

  • Wendy's, 2003 N. Prospect Ave. in Champaign: Adjusted failing score of 23. Vanilla mix sitting in the frosty machine's hopper at 44-47 degrees. Improper storage of tomatoes. Raw beef patties and butter. Moldy ice machine. Re-inspection on Sept. 17 showed repeat violations. Raw beef patties and tomatoes being improperly stored. The Wendy's was closed and its health permit was suspended. Re-inspected on Sept. 19. Passed with an adjusted score of 93 and no critical violations.
  • DNB Restaurant, 715 S. Neil St. in Champaign: Temporarily closed on Aug. 25. Adjusted score of 17 and 10 critical violations. Raw meat and fresh vegetables being prepared on the same prep area. Walls above food prep areas covered in aluminum foil, which was covered in dried raw meat. Raw meat found on shelving and under prep tables. Passed re-inspection Sept. 5 with an adjusted score of 96.
  • Hardee's, 1806 W. Bradley Ave. in Champaign: Shut down after an Oct. 26 complaint. Roof leaking and water pouring onto the food preparation table and the food. Follow-up visit on Oct. 27. Restaurant allowed to reopen.
  • KFC & A&W, 1321 N. Dunlap Ave. in Savoy: Closed on Aug. 22 due to "gross, unsanitary conditions" during routine inspection. No details provided in the report.
  • Kung Fu Tea, 707 S. Sixth St. in Champaign: Failed routine inspection Oct. 3 with an adjusted score of 20 and nine critical violations. Temporarily shut down for a day. Raw chicken blood and liquids dripping down the fridge. More than 14 employee drinks found throughout the restaurant. Floor drains backing up with black liquids. Passed re-inspection Oct. 17 with an adjusted score of 96 and zero critical violations.
  • Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, 201 E. John St. in Champaign: Food service permit suspended during a May 7 re-inspection. Inspector found repeat violations from an April inspection, including six critical violations. Raw meat stored over ready-to-eat food. Milk left on a dispenser table not labeled for seven day use. Adjusted score of 30. The report noted: "Inspector began to discuss the violations with the food service employee, but the tone and language of the employee grew threatening. Inspection was halted at this point and the inspector left the facility," the News Gazette reported. Food service permit passed re-inspection Aug. 13 with an adjusted score of 96 and no critical violations.

Champaign County food establishments that failed public health inspections but were not temporarily closed include:

  • Burger King, 720 W. Champaign Ave. in Rantoul: Failed routine inspection June 19 with an adjusted score of 26 and six critical violations. Soiled floors, ice machine buckets left open. Tomatoes left on prep line for too long. Passed re-inspection July 30 with an adjusted score of 74 and one critical violation.
  • Broadway Food Hall, 401 N. Broadway Ave. in Urbana: Failed routine inspection Sept. 11 with an adjusted score of 24 and seven critical violations. Employees handling raw meat and ready-to-eat food with the same gloves. Food items without their date of preparation labeled. Tuna thawing at room temperature outside of a cooler. Passed re-inspection Sept. 20 with an adjusted score of 74 and one critical violation.
  • Dairy Queen, 1501 Lyndhurst Alley in Savoy: Failed routine inspection May 2 with an adjusted score of 30 and six critical violations. Employee exiting the rest room, drinking a personal drink and resuming work without washing their hands. Leaking pipes from hand sinks. Can opener soiled with dried food debris. Passed re-inspection June 4 with an adjusted score of 78 and one critical violation.
  • El Patio Mexican Restaurant, 2506 Village Green Place in Champaign: Failed routine inspection Sept. 12 with an adjusted score of 18 and seven critical violations. Moldy, sliced peppers. Raw ground beef thawing overnight in a bucket of water on the floor. Chemical spray bottles and medications found between food items. Passed re-inspection Oct. 9 with an adjusted score of 78 and one critical violation.
  • JT Walker's/Barrel Room Restaurant & Sports Bar, 401 E. Main St. in Mahomet: Failed routine inspection Oct. 18 with an adjusted score of 19 and six critical violations. House flies were present in the kitchen and coming into contact with food surfaces and clean equipment. Dish machine not hot enough to sanitize. Food opened and failed to have a label date. Passed re-inspection Nov. 19 with an adjusted score of 59 and three critical violations.
  • KungFu BBQ, 510 E. John St. in Champaign: Failed routine inspection Oct. 15 with an adjusted score of 29 and six critical violations. Food handler training not provided for all employees. Bag of dumpling dough molded. Employees using improper cooling methods. Passed re-inspection Nov. 14 with an adjusted score of 67 and one critical violation.
  • Mr. Chou & Charles, 410 E. Green St. in Champaign: Failed routine inspection Sept. 25 with an adjusted score of 33 and six critical violations. Dumplings being made in an unapproved prep area. Raw food items being stored over ready-to-eat foods. Walls and floor not clean. Passed re-inspection Oct. 25 with an adjusted score of 63 and two critical violations.
  • Nando Milano Trattoria, 202 N. Neil St. in Champaign: Failed routine inspection Oct. 17 with an adjusted score of 12 and eight critical violations. Employees failed to sanitize surfaces between preparing raw and ready-to-eat foods. Employees wiped their faces and noses with their gloves on. Passed re-inspection Oct. 22 with an adjusted score of 63 and two critical violations.
  • Taipei Cafe, 512 E. Green St. in Champaign: Failed routine inspection June 14 with an adjusted score of 16 and eight critical violations. Cafe started serving multiple food items without obtaining prior approval from the department. Passed re-inspection July 5 with an adjusted score of 93.
  • Tasty Fish and Chicken Grill, 705 N. Neil St. in Champaign: Failed routine inspection Sept. 19 with an adjusted score of 32 and four critical violations. Fish thawing in tubs of water. Household microwave that was condemned before was found again. Soiled floors. Passed re-inspection Oct. 16 with an adjusted score of 60 and two critical violations.
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