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

Pasta pans with encrusted grease and soil, Cora’s 1850 Bistro in Hawley flubs state restaurant inspection, 12 violations, blocks Facebook reviews

Pasta pans with encrusted grease and soil, Cora’s 1850 Bistro in Hawley flubs state restaurant inspection, 12 violations, blocks Facebook reviews

Hawley, PA

Cora’s 1850 Bistro in Hawley, Wayne County

525 WELLWOOD AVE
HAWLEY, PA 18428
570-226-8878

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on October 7, 2019. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations Cora’s 1850 Bistro in Hawley was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. The state cited the restaurant for 12 violations.

While the restaurant passed its inspection in October 2018 they were still cited for eleven violations. In September 2017 seven violations were found. In each of those inspections these were lower level violations and the restaurant was found, “in compliance” in both of those inspections.

A review of the restaurant’s Facebook page shows they do not permit Facebook users to review the restaurant.  On Google the restaurant is rated 4.2 stars out of 5 based on 418 total reviews.

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

  • Food utensils in cook line area observed stored in a container of water which is not maintained at 135°F. (below 135 promotes growth of bacteria)
  • Observed pasta cook pans, in the cook line area, with encrusted grease and soil accumulation.
  • Partial 1/2 gallon whole milk with a use/sell by date of October 3, 2019 observed in waiter service refrigerated unit. Milk was voluntarily disposed of at the time of this inspection.
  • A food employee was observed touching rolls and LTO – a ready to eat food – with bare hands.
  • Crab stuffing,cooked chicken, hummus was held at a temperature range of 48-50 °F, in the cook line bane marie reach in refrigerated unit, rather than 41°F or below as required. PIC stated foods were placed in Bane Marie within 2 hours. All foods were removed to refrigerated unit for rapid cooling as immediate corrective action.
  • Observed Bane Marie refrigerator door gaskets torn in disrepair in need of replacement.
  • Hood system is not adequate to remove heat and/or grease, as evidenced by grease and static dust collecting on the walls, ceilings, and fixtures.
  • Hood ventilation front and back food prep areas, observed with a build up of static dust and grease above food prep areas in need of more frequent cleaning.
  • Air return vent cover in back room food prep area is dirty, dusty, and in need of cleaning above prep table.
  • Working containers of cleaner / sanitizer were stored above or on the same shelf with food or equipment in the kitchen food prep area.
  • Cardboard being utilized as a floor covering in walk-in cooler units.
  • Ceiling tiles missing in the kitchen food prep area by cookline hood with exposed insulation, and need replaced.

 

 

 

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There are over 26,000 eating and drinking establishments in Pennsylvania, and thousands more convenience stores,  grocery stores and schools required to be inspected by the Department of Agriculture and, in some cases, local government entities at least once a year. Out of more than 2,000 inspections each month only about 150 are found to be, “Out of Compliance.”

Violations leading to the Out of Compliance designation are more critical violations. Establishments can score a number of lower level violations without achieving the Out of Compliance designation.

About The Author

Don Shaw

Don Shaw journalist covering local news for The Pennsylvania Chronicle (717) 461-2107 don.shaw@pennsylvaniachronicle.com