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 and 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.
4740 Yelm Highway SE, Olympia
Jan. 28: Routine check (0 red; 10 blue)
Comments: Blue — Food prep cutting board and refrigerator door handles must be wiped regularly with sanitizer towels. The wiping towels must be stored in sanitizing solution between uses.
Martin Way Diner
2423 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia
Jan. 28: Routine check (10 red; 0 blue)
Comments: Red — Two-door merchandiser refrigerator was operating at 49 degrees, with foods at top reading 50 degrees. All cold holding/storage must maintain temperature of 41 degrees or colder.
4900 Yelm Highway SE, Lacey
Jan. 27: Routine check (25 red; 15 blue)
Comments: Red — Worker preparing chicken bits did not wash hands in sink. Blue — Food slicers must be on a regular cleaning schedule. Sanitizing solutions with in-use towels must be prepared and maintained throughout the day at deli sandwich station and food slicer line.
Fish Tale Brew Pub
515 Jefferson St. SE, Olympia
Jan. 28: Routine check (0 red; 0 blue)
King Solomon’s Reef Cafe
212 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia
Feb. 2: Routine check (0 red; 0 blue)
Pizzeria La Gitana
518 Capitol Way S., Olympia
Feb. 2: Routine check (5 red; 0 blue)
Comments: Red — Thermometers must be provided.
922 Hensley St. NE, Olympia
Jan. 19: Routine check (25 red; 20 blue)
Comments: Red — Handsink in rear inaccessible for handwashing. Breakfast was added to menu and hours extended without prior approval. Raw eggs over cabbage, green onions in bottom of prep refrigerator. Blue — Thermometer was missing from walk-in cooler and in prep refrigerator. Bar bottles capped with wooden golf tees. Sanitizer test strips unavailable. Ice machine dirty with mold growth. Food not protected from potential contamination due to improper use of food sink.
Log Cabin Bar & Grill
7035 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey
Jan. 22: Routine check (25 red; 7 blue)
Comments: Red — Improper handwashing was observed when employee rinsed hands at handsink and placed gloves on. Blue — Bar dishwasher was not functioning properly and did not release sanitizer. Bar gun holster drain line absent.
8765 Tallon Lane NE, Lacey
Jan. 14: Routine check (15 red; 15 blue)
Comments: Red — Rear prep area sink not stocked with soap and disposable towels. Raw meats stored above ready-to-eat foods. Blue — Garnish and wrapping paper in splash zone of handsink and under paper towel dispenser must be moved. Wiping cloths not properly stored in sanitizing solution. Knives improperly washed.