Sabor Latino failed their city health Inspection close to two weeks ago. The dept. of health grades establishments low, med, or high risk. theres was a high risk establishment. They had sewage backing up into their kitchen, inspectors found about 50 mice droppings behing their dry storage shelves among other violations. As far as the news van, I can't tell you what they might be doing.
Deatils of the inspection are copied from City's website: DBA NameSABOR LATINO RESTAURANT AKA NameSABOR LATINO RESTAURANT License #1301193 Facility TypeRestaurant RiskRisk 1 (High) Address3808-3810 W NORTH AVE CityCHICAGO StateIL Zip60647 Inspection Date01/23/2013 Inspection TypeCanvass ResultsFail Violations10. SEWAGE AND WASTE WATER DISPOSAL, NO BACK SIPHONAGE, CROSS CONNECTION AND/OR BACK FLOW Comments:FOUND INADEQUATE PLUMBING AT TIME OF INSPECTION I.E. WASTE WATER BACKING UP FROM FLOOR DRAIN ONTO THE REAR KITCHEN FOOD PREP AREA FLOORS AND FROM FLOOR DRAIN FROM MOP SINK AND THE 3 COMPARTMENT SINK AT REAR BAKERY FOOD PREP AREA IS BACKING UP ONTO OTHER COMPARTMENTS WHEN COMPARTMENTS ARE FILLED THEN RELEASED ALSO THE 3 COMPARTMENT SINK AT REAR KITCHEN FOOD PREP AREA WASTE WATER IS SEEPING OUT ON SIDES AND ONTO KITCHEN FOOD PREP AREA FLOOR FROM POORLY MAINTAINED GREASE TRAP BOX.ALSO, THE WOMENS TOILET IS NOT FLUSHING ALL THE WAY. CRITICAL VIOLATION 7-38-030. 18. NO EVIDENCE OF RODENT OR INSECT OUTER OPENINGS PROTECTED/RODENT PROOFED,
A WRITTEN LOG SHALL BE MAINTAINED AVAILABLE TO THE INSPECTORS Comments:FOUND INADEQUATE PEST CONTROL I.E.OBSERVED APPROXIMATELY 50 RODENT MICE DROPPINGS IN CLUTTERED REAR DRY STORAGE AREAS, BENEATH PALLETS,SHELVINGS,BAKERY FOOD PREP AREA,FURNACE ROOM.THE PEST CONTROL LOG BOOK IS INCOMPLETE WITH EXPIRED IDPH LICENSE,A MAP LOCATOR IS NEEDED TO IDENTIFY ALL PEST CONTROL SERVICES PROVIDED FOR THIS FOOD ESTABLISHMENT.ALSO THE REAR EXIT DOOR LEADING TO THE ALLEY IS NOT RODENT-PROOFED 1/4' MODE OF ENTRY AT CENTER BOTTOM OF DOORS AND INSTALL A SCREEN AT EXHAUST FAN ON TOP OF SAID DOORS TO PREVENT PEST ENTRY.MUST DETAIL CLEAN,SANITIZE ALL AFFECTED AREAS,RODENT-PROOF SAID DOOR,PEST CONTROL SERVICE IS NOW RECCOMENDED.ALSO,THE RODENT POISON GREEN PELLETS MUST BE PROPERLY SECURED IN BAIT BOXES IN A SANITARY MANNER AS REQUIRED. SERIOUS VIOLATION 7-38-020. 32. FOOD AND NON-FOOD CONTACT SURFACES PROPERLY DESIGNED, CONSTRUCTED AND MAINTAINED Comments:MUST REPLACE OR REPAIR RUSTY SHELVINGS INSIDE THE WALK-IN-COOLER USING A NON-TOXIC FINISH AND CUTTING BOARDS IN THE KITCHEN FOOD PREP AREAS WITH DEEP CUTS MUST REPLACED ALSO A SPLASHGUARD IS NEEDED AT THE FAR RIGHT END OF THE 3COMP SINK AREA AT BAKERY FOOD PREP AREA.ALSO,REMOVE DRAIN BOARD FROM FRONT EXPOSED HANDSINK BEHIND FRONT SERVICE COUNTER. 33. FOOD AND NON-FOOD CONTACT EQUIPMENT UTENSILS CLEAN, FREE OF ABRASIVE DETERGENTS Comments:ALL KITCHEN COOKING EQUIPMENTS THROUGHOUT THE KITCHEN FOOD PREP AREAS,BAKERY FOOD PREP AREA REQUIRE A DETAIL CLEANING INTERIOR/EXTERIORS OF COOLERS,TOPS/BOTTOMS OF FOOD PREP TABLES INCLUDING LEGS OF EQUIPMENTS,DEEP FRYERS,UPPER PANEL OF ICE MACHINE,DRY STORAGE SHELVINGS,EXTERIOR SURFACES OF THE 3 COMPARTMENT SINKS,ROLLING UTILITY CARTS,INTERIORS OF BREAD PROOFER IN BAKERY FOOD PREP AREA,ALL SURFACES,SHELVINGS FROM FRONT SERVICE COUNTERS ETC.
34. FLOORS: CONSTRUCTED PER CODE, CLEANED, GOOD REPAIR, COVERING INSTALLED, DUST-LESS CLEANING METHODS USED Comments:FLOORS ALONG WALLS AND IN ALL CORNERS THROGHOUT THE PREMISES AND FURNACE ROOMS REQUIRES A DETAIL CLEANING INCLUDING FLOOR DRAINS THROUGHOUT. 35. WALLS, CEILINGS, ATTACHED EQUIPMENT CONSTRUCTED PER CODE: GOOD REPAIR, SURFACES CLEAN AND DUST-LESS CLEANING METHODS Comments:REPLACE DAMAGED CEILING TILES THROUGHOUT THE KITCHEN FOOD PREP AREAS AND WALLS/CEILINGS THROUGHOUT THE KITCHEN FOOD PREP AREAS,INSIDE THE WALK-IN-COOLER MUST BE SMOOTH,EASILY CLEANABLE SURFACES ALSO HOOD AND FILTERS OVER THE COOKING EQUIPMENTS MUST BE DETAILED CLEANED TO REMOVE HEAVY GREASE BUILD-UP.ALSO, SEAL ALL NOTICEABLE OPENINGS AROUND PLUMBING/ELECTRICAL FIXTURES THROUGHOUT THE KITCHEN FOOD PREP AREAS AND ON CEILINGS OVER THE WALK-IN-COOLERS.ALSO,REMOVE STANDING WATER FROM HALLWAY LEADING TO DINING ROOM MUST KEEP CLEAN,MAINTAIN FLOORS DRY. 36. LIGHTING: REQUIRED MINIMUM FOOT-CANDLES OF LIGHT PROVIDED, FIXTURES SHIELDED Comments:MUST PROVIDE,MAINTAIN LIGHT SHIELD ON LIGHT FIXTURE INSIDE THE WALK-IN-COOLER AND REPLACE BROKEN LIGHT SHIELD AT BAKERY FOOD PREP AND DETAIL CLEAN LIGHT SHIELDS THROUGHOUT THE KITCHEN FOOD PREP AREAS,BAKERY FOOD PREP AND MAINTAIN ALL AREAS WITH ADEQUATE LIGHTING.ALSO,THE LIGHTS INSIDE THE COOLER BEHIND SERVICE COUNTER MUST BE SHIELDED. 38. VENTILATION: ROOMS AND EQUIPMENT VENTED AS REQUIRED: PLUMBING: INSTALLED AND MAINTAINED Comments:VENTILATION COVERS THROUGHOUT THE FOOD ESTABLISHMENT NEEDS CLEANING TO REMOVE DUST BUILD-UP,AND REPAIR WATER LEAK AT DRAIN PIPE OF EXPOSED HANDSINK AT REAR KITCHEN FOOD PREP AREAS ALSO A BACKFLOW PREVENTION DEVICE MUST BE INSTALLED TO THE MOP SINK.THE CHICKEN ROTISSERIE STATION AT FRONT SERVICE COUNTER MUST BE UNDER VENTILATION IF THE EQUIPMENT IS MORE THAN 7.5 KILLOWATTS. 41. PREMISES MAINTAINED FREE OF LITTER, UNNECESSARY ARTICLES, CLEANING EQUIPMENT PROPERLY STORED
Comments:MUST DETAIL CLEAN AND ORGANIZE ALL AREAS AND REMOVE UNNECESSARY ARTICLES DUE TO POTENTIAL PEST HARBORAGE.ALL ITEMS KEPT FOR STORAGE MUST BE PROPERLY STORED 6' OFF FLOOR/WALL FOR EASIER CLEANING. PROPERLY STORE PERSONAL BELONGINGS IN A DESIGNATED AREA.
So, once the prepared food leaves the obviously neglected restaurant kitchen, does it miraculously get fresh and delicious during the vehicle transport, or when it is stored for hours and hours under the glaring food warming lamps of the food trailers in the park?
I hope they can get their act cleaned up and stop endangering residents of the community.
A lot of people don't understand how dangerous a few little mice and rat poops can be. The reason the inspector is requiring "DUST-LESS CLEANING" is because of the possible spread of contaminants, especially the deadly Hantavirus.
Hantavirus is a life-threatening disease spread to humans by rodents that has symptoms similar to influenza. Symptoms: The early symptoms of hantavirus disease are similar to the flu and include: Chills; Fever; Muscle aches ...
Gus' Mom: I would suggest that you make sure that your family members get checked out by a doctor so that they might not suffer in the long term beyond the diarrhea, etc. that likely plagued them after their visit.
For those of you who wish to remain loyal to the restaurant, they sell diapers across the street at Walgreens.
I get my jibaritos at Marcella's, just a block west on Fullerton on the south side of the street.
I'm not sure if it's the same food trailers that may be supplied by the resturant cited for violations , but apparently,. these trailers have been a hot topic at the Humboldt Park Advisory Council meetings. People complained so much, the Alderman came to the food sellers defense. I've gotten hold of the meeting notes from December - Probably post in two parts. From theese notes it appears there are cleaniness issues, pollution complaints from the generators they operate on, and flagrent operation hour violations. Here are the HPAC notes------ HPAC meeting-------OLD BUSINESS United Cooks of Humboldt Park – electrical hook-up and other issues • Alderman Roberto Maldonado thanked the Advisory Council for inviting him to the meeting and said that he has heard complaints on the generator issue from at least one of the members of the Advisory Council. He stated that he supports the presence of the United Cooks of Humboldt Park in Humboldt Park, and that he sees the generators as something the surrounding residents have learned to live with rather than have the vendors removed. He added that the generators are very expensive for the vendors and that he is sure they would rather have electricity. For this reason he has contacted ComEd to see what can be done to provide electricity. • Freddy Molina commented that the vendors do not start the generators in the mornings until a reasonable hour, so he doesn’t see it as a nuisance. Alderman Maldonado responded that he does not find the sound pleasing but he has come to accept them rather than support the removal of vendors. continued.
HPAC meeting-------OLD BUSINESS part two • Brian Hacker commented that there have been previous questions about the cost of electrical hook-up and asked if the Alderman has any information on estimates of this cost. The Alderman responded that he has not been able to get a ballpark figure from ComEd and asked for the Advisory Council to pursue this issue further. • The Alderman added that the sound levels of the generators was measured due to complaints fromresidents and they were not found to be in violation of the City of Chicago’s noise ordinance. • Andy Rodriguez commented that because the food vendors are such a strong tradition in the park it makes sense to invest in the proper infrastructure, which is why he is calling for the expense of electrical hook-up to be paid for. He added that the food vendors are operating beyond the hours and dates allowed by the contract. Alderman Maldonado responded that the generator sound can only be solved with cooperation from ComEd and that he would be willing to discuss other issues beyond that. He stated that he wants to see the community improved but not at the cost of displacing these local businesses. • Andy Rodriguez commented that the garbage around the food vendors is also a problem. Alderman Maldonado agreed and said that he has been calling the Park District on a regular basis to see this issue solved but they have responded that it is an issue related to the contract. He added that he would like to see the contract amended so the garbage containers can be placed where they are needed, like around the food vendors, which create a lot of garbage. • Andy Rodriguez added that he is frustrated by the fact that the vendors are not operating according to the contract that he obtained from Park Concessions and that when he has brought this conflict up he has been told by food vendors that it’s not necessary to operate by the rules. continued
HPAC meeting-------OLD BUSINESS part three • In regard to issues raised about homeless sleeping in the park, Alderman Maldonado responded that he is aware of their presence and that solutions are difficult because many homeless refuse offers for services. • Ruth Pena asked Jesus Perez about the garbage contract. He responded that there are two pickups a week in the warmer months and one a week in the winter. Brian Hacker said he agreed exactly with the Alderman’s comments about the trash pickup problems in the park and asked Alderman Maldonado whothe HPAC could contact at the Park District about amending the contract or making changes to the new one. The Alderman responded that Tim King would be an appropriate contact. • Rich Karwowski asked whether the copy of the concessions contract that Andy Rodriguez obtained was valid and the Alderman said that it is valid for five years, and that it is amended every year to reflect the number of vendors operating each year. He added that issues related to the hours of operation should be referred to Park Concessions. • In regard to the fieldhouse roof, the Alderman said that he was previously told that money was allocated for roof repairs by the Park District but nothing was done and that he hoped it would be addressed in the next budget, released in December. End