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Health Department Closes Mexican Restaurant for Third Gross Inspection in 2019

No refrigeration, cockroaches, and a 43-demerit inspection

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Bradley Martin

The Southern Nevada Health District shut down Taqueria El Buen Pastor, the Mexican restaurant at 301 S. Decatur Blvd., after a 43-demerit re-inspection on Aug. 5. The health department originally inspected the restaurant on July 8, issuing a 38-demerit C grade. The restaurant also earned a 39-demerit C grade on Feb. 26.

KTNV reports that the restaurant is now going through the health department’s administrative process.

The restaurant racked up demerits for uncovered food that could be cross contaminated, employees improperly washing their hands, spoiled food, flies in the dining room, a cockroach in the kitchen, and pink and brown slime in the ice machine.

The restaurant was back to a five-demerit A grade on August 6.

The health department closed Michoacan Gourmet Mexican at 7870 W. Tropical Pkwy. after finding the restaurant didn’t have adequate refrigeration during a routine inspection on Aug. 5.

The restaurant also earned 32 demerits for expired food, food such as cooked octopus and chicken flautas improperly cooled, mold in the ice machine, excessive flies, and dirty floors.

The restaurant reopened on Aug. 9 with a 9-demerit A grade.

The health department shut down the snack bar at Family Food Mart 3455 N. Nellis Blvd. after finding no hot water and a pest infestation. Inspectors found roaches under shelving and behind the ice machine, pink slime and black mold in the ice machine, and dirty floors. The snack bar remains closed.

The health district conducts unannounced inspections at least once a year. Inspections are posted online about five days after the inspection. The Southern Nevada Health District routinely shuts down restaurants that receive more than 40 demerits. Restaurants have the option of requesting a re-inspection before the next scheduled inspection.

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Taqueria el Buen Pastor

318 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101 (702) 778-0886

Michoacán Gourmet Mexican Restaurant

7870 West Tropical Parkway, , NV 89149 (702) 385-4636 Visit Website

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