The Southern Nevada Health District shut down the main kitchen at Medici Cafe & Terrace at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas briefly on January 10 after an employee complained about inadequate hot water, an imminent health hazard. The kitchen reopened the same day with an 8-demerit A grade.
The health department closed the sushi bar and kitchen at 808 Sushi at 7435 S. Durango Drive on January 10 after inspectors found no hot water. Other issues included cut cabbage and lettuce as well as crab salad held at dangerous temperatures; dirty cutting boards, shelves, equipment, floors, and shelves; and a food handler who neglected to use soap when washing hands. The restaurant reopened on January 14 with zero-demerit A grades at both the kitchen and sushi bar.
Pearl Wok To Go at 8550 W. Charleston Boulevard earned a 39-demerit C grade after a routine inspection on January 9. The heath department issued demerits for dirty door handles, shelves, refrigeration units, ceilings, and vents; rusty shelves in the cooler; water-damaged walls; grease coating the fryer; old food under the fryers and wok line; and dead bugs in the restroom hall. Heath inspectors found dirty equipment, including a grater, hand-held slicer, prep bowls, an egg roll dipping bowl, colander, and meat slicer. Other equipment such as dirty pans and lids were stored in a clean area. One employee who handled raw shrimp then touched utensils, vegetables, and a customer to-go container. The restaurant had to throw out cooked cabbage for egg rolls, cooked chicken, raw marinated chicken, and noodles that were improperly cooled. The restaurant still has a C grade.
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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