State officials said the King Salmon Restaurant in Soldotna closed voluntarily for one day last month after failing a June 14 Department of Environmental Conservation inspection.
"We corrected all the critical items on-site and did some education with their employees. They reopened the next day," said Brad Tufto, environmental health officer for DEC in Soldotna.
Owner Jose Puentes said he has fixed the problems and asked DEC to reinspect the restaurant. Tufto said Tuesday that he has been too busy investigating the Kenai Peninsula's recent E. coli outbreak to do the reinspection. However, he hoped to do it this week.
DEC periodically inspects food service establishments. By its description, a score of 100 reflects adherence to minimum levels of sanitation. A score of 100-90 is good, 89-85 is acceptable, 84-70 is marginal. A score of less than 70 is unacceptable, and the establishment is closed until violations are corrected and a reinspection is made.
The King Salmon Restaurant scored 63 on the June 14 inspection.
"Significant items were maintaining proper food temperatures and being able to maintain proper temperatures," Tufto said. "There were employee hand-washing issues."
Specifically, the sink was blocked, so employees could not get to it, he said. In addition, the back door was unscreened and propped open, he said, though there were no flies or rodents in the restaurant.
"This gentleman was very, very cooperative during the inspection and invited me to speak with his employees after he closed the door, and to go over the critical items and their public health significance and do some employee training," Tufto said. "I respect that."
Puentes said his employees did not tell him about problems with his cooler. After the inspection, he threw out food that had been too warm and had the cooler fixed immediately. A ladder blocking the sink has been moved, he said, and the back door is closed.
"I feel like it wasn't fair what he did," Puentes said.
Other May and June inspection scores were:
Bullfeathers, Sterling 96
Kenai Central High School kitchen 95
Kenai Junior High School kitchen 98
The Hitching Post Cafe 86
Jersey Subs, Ninilchik 94
Burger King, Soldotna 87
Soldotna Middle School kitchen 99
The Bean Machine, Soldotna 99
Cooper Landing Grocery Food Service 99
The Homestead, Fritz Creek 97
The Homestead Bar, Fritz Creek 100
The Chart Room Restaurant, Homer 93
El Pescador Bar, Homer 100
El Pescador Grill, Homer 95
Fresh Sourdough Express, Homer 87
Homer Senior Citizens Center 98
Land's End Bar, Homer 93
South Peninsula Hospital, Homer 97
Captain's Restaurant, Kenai 85
Espresso Inc., Nikiski 93
Alaskan Explorer M/V, Seward 97
Bakery at the Harbor, Seward 94
Breeze Inn Bar, Seward 97
Breeze Inn Restaurant, Seward, 90
Chinooks, Seward 90
Fox Island Salmon Bake, Seward, 73
Glacier Explorer, Seward 94
Harbor Street Creamery, Seward 98
Hotel Edgewater, Seward 96
Le Barn Appetit, Seward 94
Legends of the Mountain Bar, Seward 94
Legends of the Mountain Restaurant, Seward 93
Marinas Restaurant, Seward 92
Peking Restaurant, Seward, 88
Providence Seward Medical Center 100
Railway Cantina, Seward 97
Ranting Raven, Seward 88
Resurrection Roadhouse food service, Seward, June 6, 75
Resurrection Roadhouse food service, Seward, June 30, 97
Seward Senior Citizens Center 100
Subway of Seward 90.
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