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Health Dept. Hits 'King Chef' With Critical Violations

Six other Phoenixville-area eateries were inspected last month.

The following restaurant inspection results from September 2012 were provided by the Chester County Health Department. An important caveat: the language of these reports can be misleading, as they often describe potential problems as actual problems. For example, “presence of rodents/insects” could mean there's an infestation, or it might just mean the business in question left a back door open—which could lead to an infestation. 

The results of each of the county's 2012 health inspections are available here.

King Chef Restaurant

278 Schuylkill Road, Phoenixville

Inspection Date: 9/6/2012

Total Score: 75 (Out of 100)

Critical Violations

  • Food did not meet temperature requirements
  • Food not protected from contamination/cross contamination
  • Food service equipment and utensils not properly washed, rinsed, sanitized
  • Improper handwashing techniques by food workers

Non-Critical Violations

  • Restrooms/Handwashing facilities found unclean; not provided with necessary supplies
  • Non-food-contact surfaces of equipment found unclean; improperly maintained
  • Floors/walls/ceilings found unclean, in disrepair
  • Garbage and refuse containers not covered; inadequate number; not vector-proof

Liki Japanese Hibachi Sushi

243 Schuylkill Road, Phoenixville

Inspection Date: 9/10/2012

Total Score: 78 (Out of 100)

Critical Violations

  • Food not protected from contamination/cross contamination
  • Hot and cold running water not provided; water from an unapproved source
  • Presence of rodents/insects; harborage; breeding; outer openings not protected

Non-Critical Violations

  • Restrooms/Handwashing facilities found unclean; not provided with necessary supplies
  • Non-food-contact surfaces of equipment found unclean; improperly maintained
  • Food service equipment does not meet current general standards
  • Garbage and refuse containers not covered; inadequate number; not vector-proof
  • Plumbing leaks or disrepair found

Artisans Gallery and Café

234 Bridge Street, Phoenixville

Inspection Date: 9/4/2012

Total Score: 91 (Out of 100)

Critical Violation

  • Food did not meet temperature requirements

Non-Critical Violations

  • Restrooms/Handwashing facilities found unclean; not provided with necessary supplies
  • Food-contact surfaces of equipment found unclean; in disrepair; not easily cleanable
  • Single-service items being re-used; improper handling; improper storage

Chartwells at Phoenixville Area High School

1200 Gay Street, Phoenixville

Inspection Date: 9/20/2012

Total Score: 89 (Out of 100)

Critical Violations

  • Food not protected from contamination/cross contamination
  • Presence of rodents/insects; harborage; breeding; outer openings not protected

Non-Critical Violation

  • Restrooms/Handwashing facilities found unclean; not provided with necessary supplies 

Chartwells at Phoenixville School District Kind Center

100 School Lane, Phoenixville

Inspection Date: 9/18/2012

Total Score: 99 (Out of 100)

Non-Critical Violation

  • Restrooms/Handwashing facilities found unclean; not provided with necessary supplies

Molly Maguires Restaurant & Pub

195-197 Bridge Street, Phoenixville

Inspection Date: 9/11/2012

Total Score: 90 (Out of 100)

Critical Violation

  • Food not protected from contamination/cross contamination

Non-Critical Violations

  • Restrooms/Handwashing facilities found unclean; not provided with necessary supplies
  • Non-food-contact surfaces of equipment found unclean; improperly maintained
  • Food service equipment does not meet current general standards
  • Plumbing leaks or disrepair found

Philly Pretzel Factory 

238 E Bridge Street, Phoenixville

Inspection Date: 9/4/2012

Total Score: 88 (Out of 100)

Critical Violations

  • Food did not meet temperature requirements
  • Food not protected from contamination/cross contamination

Non-Critical Violations

  • Non-food-contact surfaces of equipment found unclean; improperly maintained
  • Dishwashing facilities improperly designed, constructed, maintained
Chris Dyer October 09, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Maybe you didnt see the other 6 establishments that the Health Dept inspected.....
MPorchik October 09, 2012 at 03:16 PM
"•Restrooms/Handwashing facilities found unclean; not provided with necessary supplies" Could have been out of TP or Paper towels. Hard to say what the issue was. It's listed as Non-Critical, I don't think it is an unfair swipe against the establishment, just a finding in the inspection. Ideally Chester County could provide reports similar to Montgomery County which actually explain the findings, and are much more useful than the stuff Chester County puts out.
Lynn B. October 09, 2012 at 04:52 PM
I'd like to know a little more about the Liki water situation..."Hot and cold running water not provided; water from an unapproved source" . Can anyone elaborate please?
Ron Stevens October 14, 2012 at 01:11 PM
I have an important suggestion: If the author of this article wanted to do some REAL reporting, he would try to work with the Chester County Health Department and do an article, or series of articles, about what is involved in inspecting food establishments to ensure that they are safe for the public that they serve. Although given the comments listed in the July 10, 2012 article about the author's interaction with CCHD, it would not be surprising that they would be unwilling to cooperate in such a venture. For those of you that think this is investigative reporting (in it's current form) it clearly is not because the author is biased. Presenting a report is one thing; commenting or editorializing on that report with headlines, etc. presents a bias. Omitting businesses that serve food in the Phoenixville area that score very high from the monthly article also displays that bias. Please keep in mind that if an establishment is that big of a health risk the CCHD would shut it down. The current report being used is in fact very general and vague in many areas. When a place is marked up for poor cleanliness, it could mean the place is an absolute mess, or that the inspector found one french fry on the floor. Both examples are the same violation on the report. If you go somewhere to eat and it looks like there may be an issue, don't eat there; and contact CCHD if needed. If they keep the place clean, use your good judgement; not what is in the paper. Or eat at home.

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