By: Don Shaw email: don.shaw@pennsylvaniachronicle.com (570) 543-2961

“Evidence of insect activity” at Commonwealth on Queen Restaurant in Lancaster inspection, 6th failed inspection since May 2018

“Evidence of insect activity” at Commonwealth on Queen Restaurant in Lancaster inspection, 6th failed inspection since May 2018

Lancaster, PA

Commonwealth on Queen

01 N Queen ST
Lancaster, PA 17603
717-208-3394

The City of Lancaster conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on November 21, 2019.  As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Commonwealth on Queen Restaurant was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 5 violations were found.

The restaurant, also, failed an inspection in September following a complaint from the public. The trendy restaurant received 2 complaints in 2018 and failing both subsequent inspections. Failing to make the grade after 3 other inspections during 2018, the Commonwealth on Queen appears to have a stepped up number of visits from the City of Lancaster resulting from the numerous failures.

The inspector made the following comments in support of the violations found during the inspection:

  • Tableware for customer use is not wrapped so that only handles are touched by consumers and employees.
  • Food employees observed performing active food prep, not wearing proper hair restraints, such as nets, hats, or beard covers. Repeat violation.
  • The Food Facility Operator shall be the Person in Charge or shall designate a Person in Charge and shall ensure that a Person in Charge is present at the food facility during all hours of operation. Operator was not present for inspection and did not designate a person in charge.
  • Food facility inspection indicates evidence of insect activity. Facility is working with a pest control program.
  • The Person in Charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety in this food facility as evidenced by this non-compliant inspection.