Comments are taken directly from the latest Thurston County inspection reports, which are available at each food establishment and at the Thurston County Environmental Health Office. For questions concerning these reports, contact the health office at 360-867-2667.
Additional restaurant inspections, as well as restaurant inspections for the previous six months can be found in our online database at theolympian.com/news/databases/article25318366.html.
Reading inspection scores:
▪ Attention should be given to the type of violation (red versus blue) and whether the restaurant has a history of red violations or repeat violations.
▪ Red violations are those most likely to cause food-borne illness and must be corrected immediately if feasible or according to a compliance schedule established by the health officer. Example: not keeping food at the right temperature.
▪ Blue violations relate to the overall cleanliness and condition of operation and must be corrected according to a compliance schedule established by the health officer. Example: a worn floor that needs replacing.
THE ROCK WOOD FIRED KITCHEN
5400 Martin Way E., Lacey
Sept. 25: Routine check (65 red; 8 blue)
Comments: Red — Employees not washing hands prior to or during inspection as sinks were blocked with towels and other debris. Three sinks in kitchen and one in bathroom not stocked with soap, paper towels or trash can lids. Marinara sauce was 128 degrees. Hot holding must be 140 degrees or above. Spaghetti was at 129 degrees. Hot holding must maintain temperatures of 140 degrees or above. Thermometers not being used to check food temperatures prior to service. Blue — All restrooms need handwash signs. Food in walk-in cooler not covered, dated or labeled.
MCMENAMINS SPAR CAFE
114 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia
Oct. 2: Routine check (5 red; 0 blue)
Comments: Red — Some employees had expired or unvalidated foodhandler cards.
LITTLE CAESARS PIZZA
5729 Littlerock Road, Tumwater
Sept. 30: Routine check (5 red; 0 blue)
Comments: Red — One employee’s foodhandler card is not posted.
404 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia
Oct. 6: Routine check (0 red; 8 blue)
Comments: Blue — Dishwasher is not providing any sanitizer in rinse water. Cleanliness of non-contact areas needs improvement.
5TH AVENUE SANDWICH SHOP
117 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia
Oct. 5: Routine check (0 red; 0 blue)
1010 Algiers Road, Yelm
Oct. 2: Routine check (50 red; 20 blue)
Comments: Red — Mound of butter and deep-fried chicken pieces were on shelf at 61 degrees. Cooked chicken fillets on counter at 83 degrees. All were in pans with depth greater than 2 inches. Miso broth was at 93 degrees and cooked cabbage at 105 degrees on counter. Neither had been heated thoroughly, or held at a temperature above 165 degrees. Blue — Two employees were eating their meals in the kitchen. Proper between-use containers should be used for utensils, and proper storage containers should be used for food products. No sanitizer was detected in dishwasher. Faucet at food prep sink leaking. Shield missing from one of two lights in exhaust hood.
Re-inspection is required because the red demerits exceeded 45, and the total demerits exceeded 65. There were repeat violations from previous inspections that have not been corrected.
GREAT INDIA CUISINE
116 Fourth Ave. W., Olympia
Oct. 7: Routine check (0 red; 5 blue)
Comments: Blue — Cleanliness of non-food contact surfaces needs improvement. Repair needed at the wall at end of three-compartment sink. Damaged and missing floor tiles exposing concrete sub-floor.
111 Columbia St., Olympia
Oct. 7: Routine check (0 red; 3 blue)
Comments: Blue — Non-food contact surfaces need improvement of cleanliness, such as refrigeration doors, floor in kitchen area, walls.