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.
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▪ 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.
112 Fourth Ave. W., Olympia
Feb. 6: Routine check (0 red; 0 blue)
1050 Plum St. SE, Olympia
Jan. 29: Routine check (5 red; 3 blue)
Comments: Red — One worker had an expired foodhandler card. Blue — Hand food chopper must be stored at least 18 inches from sink.
6318 Martin Way, Lacey
Feb. 8: Routine check (20 red; 10 blue)
Comments: Red — One employee was missing a foodhandler card. Handsink was filled with dirty dishes, thereby blocked and inaccessible. Raw eggs were stored on prep table over diced tomatoes. Blue — Meat slicer dirty with food debris. Drain line absent on energy drink gun holster.
1401 Marvin Road NE, Lacey
Feb. 2: Reinspection check (0 red; 0 blue)
Comments: All violations in the routine inspection were addressed and corrected.
415 15th Ave. SW, Olympia
Feb. 5: Routine check (0 red; 0 blue)
200 Fourth Ave. W., Olympia
Feb. 4: Routine check (5 red; 3 blue)
Comments: Red — No cook’s thermometer found in one cooler. Blue — Tray holding ice scoop had debris on it.
Lemon Grass Restaurant & Lounge
8125 Quinault Drive NE, Lacey
Feb. 8: Routine check (25 red; 15 blue)
Comments: Red — Improper handwashing observed — employee washed hands at food prep sink without soap. Blue — Ice machine interior dirty with mold-like substance. In-use wiping cloths on counters with no sanitizer residue. Bar gun holster missing drain tube.
125 Columbia St. N., Olympia
Feb. 11: Routine check (10 red; 0 blue)
Comments: Red — In the grill/wok area, open-top cooler was 46 degrees. All cold holding/storage must be 41 degrees or colder.
1908 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia
Jan. 26: Routine check (0 red; 0 blue)