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Health Dept. Hits Bistro on Bridge with Critical Violations

A breakdown of Chester County's July food inspection reports.

The following restaurant inspection results from July 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.

203 Bridge St

Inspection Date: 7/13/2012

Total Score: 95 (out of 100)

Critical Violation:

  • Food did not meet temperature requirements

Grid Iron Sports Bar & Pizza

934 Township Line Rd

Inspection Date: 7/11/2012

Total Score: 84 (out of 100)

Critical Violations:

  • Food did not meet temperature requirements
  • Food service equipment and utensils not properly washed, rinsed, sanitized

Non-Critical Violations:

  • Improper handling of food/ice
  • Non-food-contact surfaces of equipment found unclean; improperly maintained
  • Garbage and refuse containers not covered; inadequate number; not vector-proof
  • Improper ventilation found

402 W High St

Inspection Date: 7/10/2012

Total Score: 88 (out of 100)

Critical Violations:

  • Food did not meet temperature requirements
  • Presence of rodents/insects; harborage; breeding; outer openings not protected

Non-Critical Violations:

  • Food service equipment improperly stored & handled
  • Food service equipment does not meet current general standards

208-212 Bridge Street

Inspection Date: 7/2/2012

Total Score: 74 (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
  • 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
  • Single-service items being re-used; improper handling; improper storage
  • Dishwashing facilities improperly designed, constructed, maintained
  • Food service equipment does not meet current general standards
  • Light fixtures unshielded

119 S Main St

Inspection Date: 6/28/2012

Total Score: 79 (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

Non-Critical Violations:

  • Restrooms/Handwashing facilities found unclean; not provided with necessary supplies
  • Food service equipment improperly stored & handled
  • Dishwashing facilities improperly designed, constructed, maintained
  • Garbage and refuse containers not covered; inadequate number; not vector-proof
  • Improper ventilation found

Editor's note: Antigua Guatemala was inspected in June but omitted from that month's report.

Peapod August 07, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Baker Park got a 99. That's better than the other eating establishments. Lets go to the pool!
ConcernedPHXresident August 07, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Why was my comment deleted? It did not violate Patch's Terms of Service.
Little B August 07, 2012 at 06:25 PM
There are acceptable limits of bug parts, etc in the actual food that is produced. Here is a link from the allowable limits from the US Food and Drug. http://www.fda.gov/food/guidancecomplianceregulatoryinformation/guidancedocuments/sanitation/ucm056174.htm
ChrisForesta August 07, 2012 at 06:51 PM
I feel like I am in the movie Groundhog's Day except it is the same thing every month... Ctrl + C.... Ctrl + V.... Publish.... Wait for reactions...... Burning the midnight oil on this one.
DANIELLE August 07, 2012 at 07:08 PM
To Mr. Hurtz: In answer to your question, those reports are very vague, i.e. a "layman" dissecting each report is fruitless because the meanings behind such reports are not "exactly" what each word written is intended to convey. Each restaurant will eventually have a favorable report and a not so favorable report at one time or another and should be taken with a "grain of salt" so to speak.
Ethan August 07, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Baker Park got a 99 Bob's Haven Deli got a 100% why don't you ever mention the good ones, it would be nice to see you mention some of the establishments that are doing well!!!
Hipster Kitty August 07, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Chris, stop knocking Tom for all of his hard work. Don't you see him at all of our community events and patronizing the businesses he's trying to harm with these reports? Oh wait, we don't. Haha.
Jan B August 07, 2012 at 07:27 PM
What about Pepperoncini? The food that I tried was nasty. They need to be checked out soon. Upon departing from there, I felt nauseous, and, no, did NOT have any alcohol....just H2o.
ChrisForesta August 07, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Ethan, The Haven will hopefully get their time to shine next month when the reports are released. They were inspected this month, this article pertains to reports from July. None the less, Nice job for the crew at the Haven.
Hipster Kitty August 07, 2012 at 07:41 PM
This is Patch's version of the McCarthy Hearings for Phoenixville restaurants.
ChrisForesta August 07, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Here is one more little snippet to help the public better understand these reports. Any Critical Violation requires a follow up by the inspector to make sure corrections were made. Being that these reports are from last month, I would imagine most of the violations have been taken care of.
Kevin Dragone August 07, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Yeah...they were packed on First Friday...inside and out...with people JUST DRINKING there. Oh wait, no..because i know what I'm talking about. I actually go there on several occasions to eat AND drink. It takes forever JUST to get a table outside! They have the awesome reputation they do for a reason...and its a shame people read into BS like this.
Kevin Dragone August 07, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Agreed
Kevin Dragone August 07, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Whoever said Bistro on Bridge will be Out of Business for something posted on "the Patch" is as ignorant as the people who run this site: http://www.yelp.com/biz/bistro-on-bridge-phoenixville http://www.idine.com/details.htm?merchantId=103562&reviews=true
harry finster August 08, 2012 at 02:16 AM
i read an article from the limerick plant saying the schuyllkill river has so much pollution a little radiation wouldnt hurt it anymore, so whats a few insects in your food ?
Scully Mave August 08, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Shouldn't you contact these restaurants about their health inspector reports for their comments? Some of these issues may have been resolved. Aren't journalists suppose to remain neutral? It would be unfair for quality restaurants and businesses to shut down because they were not giving an opportunity to explain anything.
. August 08, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Not for nothing Chris but any place that was found to have the "Presence of rodents/insects; harborage; breeding; outer openings not protected " is not a place most want to eat regardless if they "took care of it" after getting caught.
. August 08, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Any one else remember the front page pic in the Phoenix a few years ago of a speared rat behind where the Bistro is currently? Sounds like the problem was never resolved.
ChrisForesta August 08, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Richard, I don't know what their actual violation was but what if it was just a window screen that had a hole in it? That falls under this violation. You are the perfect example of why Chester County's reports fail the public. You see that violation and automatically assumed the worse. Would your opinion about that restaurant be different if their critical violation said: "Window Screen in need of repair"? I don't blame you for your assumptions, if I was not savvy on this subject I would probably think the same. If Tom wants to continue these "articles", a little effort more then "cutting and pasting" would go a long way. All he would have had to do is make a phone call to these 5 establishments and say "Hi, I am writing an article that will include your health inspection, would you like to share your report?" The reports the businesses have in hand are much more detailed and explain each violation. If the restaurant/store does not want to share, then it would be fair game for public to make assumptions based on what Chester County/Tom is posting. But as stated by Tom, it is not worth his time to put more effort into these stories.... Maybe you are right, Maybe not. But until we see the actual detailed reports, we will never know.
Ike August 08, 2012 at 02:24 PM
That was resovled , it was on the menu at one of the places ,,, MMMMMM not bad either,,, just like chicken
LOL come on guys August 08, 2012 at 02:37 PM
First off, Tom's doing a great job reporting the news. Stop breathing down his neck about reporting exactly whats out there to be read. He's not bending the truth on the report, the report comes from the county. Secondly, its not Tom's fault that these places are in violation, regardless of how it either helps or hurts our business downtown this report needs to be published for all of us to view. People Need accountability, If you break the rules, laws, ordinances, or wtf ever people need to learn to take their lumps for it. Personally I feel like this is the number 1 thing wrong with our nation and especially our community. People would rather bitch and complain about how unfair something is rather then Fix it or even say "oh hey my bad". Be accountable, you got rat poo in your establishment, clean it up. If you're breaking the rules for food service, fix it, Don't line up to bitch about how the rules are unfair or slanted towards failure, do your best to comply. Obviously when you have a laundry list of issues towards compliance you're being lazy, and lazy we won't stand for. If we want to move forward as a town and have more businesses move here, we have to demand better from our businesses. Strawberry Fields just closed....god knows who else is next to move out, and we are trying to grow as a town? We need less Bitching and whinning about fairness, and more action towards Growth.
Kevin Dragone August 08, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Please, elaborate Lindsey. You seem to be an expert with three sentences on why a place should get shut down. Why are these establishments worthy of getting shut down? Pretty bold statement. Not even taking into consideration several people will be out of jobs. So why is it nasty? One time you got sick and what? You never went back? Did everyone in your party get sick? Like I said...please back yourself up here.
Kevin Dragone August 08, 2012 at 03:33 PM
So I actually did some journalism and want to rectify everyone's "rat" comments in regards to Bistro. What "ACTUALLY" happened was that mint syrup was accidentally left out over night (you know, an accident. Something everyone does) and the inspector happened to be there the next day. As a result of this "accident", there were fruit flies. Rodents and Insects just happen to be placed under the same category. There are no rodents of any kind there.
ChrisForesta August 08, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Jeremy or LOL..., Can you honestly say it is not best for the public to have the full reports presented? You are right he is not bending the truth but he is knowingly republishing bad information. Chester County admits their current way of releasing reports is flawed: “We’re actually in the process of adopting a new inspection system which is what Pennsylvania uses, because [the present language in our reports can be] confusing and misleading to people." Tom previously posted that, so why does he still post these reports knowing that he is misleading his readers. That is why everyone is upset with his laziness and lack of effort to get the FACTS. He knows once the full reports come out and shows these establishments are not as bad as they seem, no one will go crazy and make the "OMG Ill never eat there again EWWWW!!!" comments.
LOL come on guys August 08, 2012 at 03:56 PM
huh? Sorry Chris, As I see it he's just publishing what he's required to. Sure he's the editor, but even he has a boss, Im sure his head probably aches at night having to publish "vote for the towns best icecream, pizza, potato's, haircut etc". Everyone has a job to do, If you really want to complain take it up with the huffington post as thats who patch is owned by. Other wise the guys just following orders.. Gotta put food on the table, and seeing how this has no immediate journalistic repercussions being that it was an opinion piece or a fact finding mission, but was instead the publication of the release of the report our county puts out, I can't see putting this guy on a cross just yet. The Real problem everyone fails to see is that the more comments these things get the more often they will be published.....anyone with internet sales experience or even common sense can look at this say "ok we got 10,000 reads and 200 comments on a piece about Poo, and we can sell that ad space at X amount of dollars because of the attention it gained..." RUN IT AGAIN BOB!
Scully Mave August 08, 2012 at 08:09 PM
In addition to Kevin's comment, this is why these business' should be contacted to provide details. I'm sure bistro threw out the syrup even if the health inspector wasn't there. I really like the patch site better a few years ago then now. "LOL come on guys", you are correct...instead of complaining - I'm fixing the situation by going to other local news outlets. It's a shame that this site has turned into bias opinions instead of quality, local journalism.
Ike August 09, 2012 at 02:50 PM
It was better , these polls should go .IamNOT blaming Tom. And i dont understand why the police wont give reports.This was the only place to come to find out what happen sincee we dont have a newspaper anymore.Well the last couple of years we didi ,we didnt anyway.
Chris Foresta August 10, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Here is a perfect example of how Chester County needs to display their results: http://phoenixville.patch.com/articles/montco-food-inspection-results-rivercrest-golf-club#_=_ Montco gives the actual violation on the bottom of the report. So where they received a possible cross contamination violation, you can scroll down and see it was just a box sitting on the floor.
. August 10, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Sorry dude, we aren't buying it. Now get to your shift washing dishes at the Bistro....
Scully Mave August 14, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Richard, I don't work at the bistro, and I'm not a dude.

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