A diner in Allston is shut for variety of health issues, including storing food in a broken walk-in refrigerator with a temperature of 75
Update, 9/7: The restaurant passed a re-inspection and was allowed to re-open.
A city health inspector today ordered the Breakfast Club, 270 Western Ave., shut after finding workers using food from a walk-in refrigerator with a recorded temperature of 75 degrees.
Multiple food items were in the temperature danger zone Margarine 71 F Blackberries 58 F Sausages 72 F Chicken Salad 75 F Eggs 69 F Ground beef 56 F Diced potatoes 72 F Strawberries 72 F Honey Dew melon 72 F Ham 75 F Per employee: Food delivered today was placed in broken walk in unit. Salad unit on cooking line 50 F Avacado 49 F Cheese 54 F Refrigerated draws under cooking unit 33 F Raw Beef (ground) 56 F Corn beef hash 50 F Turkey 60 F Salad unit on front grill area 40 F Ham 52 F
According to the inspector's report, workers were using a heavily soiled potato peeler and:
Observed ware washing employee handling clean and sanitized plates, cups etc with bare hand touching part where food is placed on and which comes in contact with consumers mouth.
Also, workers couldn't get to one hand sink if they wanted to - it was blocked by dishes - while another was being used for rinsing and storing cloth towels instead of hand washing.
Multiple risk factors noted on inspection. Evidence that employees have not been properly trained in food safety and sanitation as it relates to their assigned duties Multiple risk factors, critical and non critical violations noted on inspection. Multiple food items embargoed. Establishment received a large deliverly of foods and placed in walk in unit that was not operating.
The Breakfast Club can re-open after it solves the problems and passes a re-inspection.
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We thought you meant Allston
We thought you meant Allston Diner, not AN Allston diner!
Just a heads up, your headline of an "Allston Diner" is confusing. There's a completely different diner called Allston Diner on Cambridge St.
I've changed the headline to mention "A diner in Allston" (the first paragraph already made it clear it was the Breakfast Club, not the Allston Diner).
Why not say the Alston breakfast club diner so no smearing other places?
Chicken Salad 75 F
Damn government regulations...
Food will be placed on curb
Food will be placed on curb for Allston Christmas Morning Breakfast!!!
A "walk-in refrigerator at 75 degrees" isn't a walk-in fridge.
It's a room. Just a room.
Great place after a bender....
...but losing a fridge in summer makes for a sheedy situation.
So how many weeks of Saturday detention
will the owners have to attend?
Look at the inspection record
The first problems were on the 22nd. They fixed them by the 23rd supposedly. On the 22nd, none of the food in the basement or walk-in temperature problems supposedly existed?
Then on the 31st, even though the 23rd showed "no violations", they came back and threw the book at them. I mean, all sorts of stuff above and beyond the walk-in problem. The lack of a menu warning? Like what? They changed the menus between the 23rd and 31st? In a week, they started taping things to the hood that they had never done before? The walls suddenly started peeling on the 24th?
Come on. The walk-in thing is a huge problem. But that door didn't break this week. Why did they even go back after a week when they supposedly gave them an all-clear on the 23rd?
There's gotta be way more to this story.
Basically, if you mess with the bull...you get the horns.
Oh the story goes something like this, I bet...
Someone got bribed on the 23rd.
Definitely something fishy here.
It is odd, but I'm wondering if you have it backwards.
Kaz may be right on the money:
Here's a Herald story from today: http://www.bostonherald.com/business/business_markets/2018/09/second_bos...
"Athanasopoulos says after an inspector shut down his restaurant, it was reopened an hour later by an assistant commissioner....The restaurant had also been inspected last week on Aug. 22 and a re-inspection was required. The following day it passed inspection with no violations."
I'm wondering if it's the inspector, who is the same guy that shut down Sinclair.
"The Charles River Bistro, owned by Chris Sinclair, was also temporarily shut down for health violations last week only to be reopened hours later. Sinclair says the violations were also cited by the same inspector. He said that the process was “unfair” and claimed to have never had a critical health violation at his restaurant."
The key here, perhaps is the combination of the same inspector with the fact that both places were opened up fairly quickly on the orders of an ISD superior.
I'm also wondering if, in the future, I should withhold snarky comments until I find out where the truth lies.
That was something I noticed but didn't connect last week myself. I read the Bistro was shut down then I just happened to bike to the playground next to it last weekend and see a line out the door. I even helped the employees load a large lemonade stand into a moving van. I was super confused.
Then yesterday while looking at the city permit website, I saw the Bistro was still listed as having its permit yanked with no end date. I was even more confused.
It seems like something going on at ISD is messed up. Are the Bistro and Breakfast Club serving dirty, spoiled food or not? Is an inspector making up violations and being left on the job or not?