By: Leah Uko
OMAHA (KPTM) – The Old Market is known for being a nice place to shop, date and dine at high-quality restaurants. So it was kind of a shock when Stokes Grill and Bar near 11th and Howard streets got 24 violations last December.
"To have the score come in and we let down our guard and that was what first struck me was ‘why did our staff let us down? Why did the managers let us down?'" said Restaurants Inc. Director of Operations, John Wayde.
But the restaurant made a big improvement on its follow up the next week. It corrected 20 of the original write-ups.
And as of September 19th this year, Stokes Grill and Bar upgraded to a "Standard" rating.
"You have to be a well-operating business to be around for 17 years. And food safety is something that we've always taken a lot of pride in," Wayde continued. "We wouldn't be here for 17 years if we were making customers sick."
When Lighthouse Pizza near 72nd and Pacific first opened it scored a "Standard" rating. A standard rating is the highest new restaurants can rate for the first inspection.
Lighthouse Pizza's one critical violation was for storing chemicals too close to food storage, which could cause cross-contamination. The kitchen's manager, Galen Rosado said staff already fixed the write-up.
"We don't just see it as a task or a chore. We don't want anyone to get sick on our time at all so."
Skeets Rib and Chicken near 24th and Burdette was hit with three critical violations. It needed to label all chemical sanitizer containers, provide a second faucet and handles on a sink and readjust the level of chlorine in a sanitizer bucket.
The restaurant gave no comment on whether or not it has corrected any of the violations.
Currently the Douglas County Health Department's website has a glitch. If the phrase "Douglas County Health Department restaurant ratings" is typed into the Google search, web users will be directed to an out-dated list of ratings.
Joseph Gaube said the department is working on correcting this issue. In the meantime, visit http://douglascountyhealth.com/ to view an up-to-date listing. Click on "Food and Drink" then "Food Facility Ratings".
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