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/thurston-health-inspections.
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.
117 Fifth Ave. W., Olympia
April 22: Routine check (0 red; 5 blue)
Comments: Blue — Evidence of pest entry.
303 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia
April 22: Routine check (0 red; 10 blue)
Comments: Blue — Bags of potatoes and rice stored directly on the floor. Storage of food products must be at least six inches off the floor. No sanitizer solution was prepared for kitchen.
4426 Martin Way, Lacey
April 15: Routine check (5 red; 0 blue)
Comments: Red — One worker had no current foodhandler card.
BLACK BEAR DINER
955 Black Lake Blvd., Olympia
April 22: Routine check (0 red; 4 blue)
Comments: Blue — Floor tiles need grout replaced, especially behind the front service cook’s line. Lights in back are missing end caps to shield.
2615 Capital Mall Drive, Olympia
April 22: Routine check (10 red; 14 blue)
Comments: Red — Diced tomatoes used for toppings not refrigerated. Blue — Rubber seal around ice machine door has come loose from the door. Water spouts for at least three of the water/dipper wells were below the water level. The back of kitchen is not being properly maintained and cleaned. Dry storage light is out and two lights above the fryers need to be replaced.
AREPA LATIN STREET FOOD
Fourth Avenue and Plum Street, Olympia (mobile unit)
April 28: Routine check (10 red; 5 blue)
Comments: Red — A one-third-full pan of shredded chicken was found cooling in two-door prep fridge with product at temperatures between 107 and 117 degrees. Foods cannot be cooled in mobile food units. Leftover hot foods must be discarded. Blue — Sanitizer solution was not prepared or in use.
1050 Plum St., Olympia
April 27: Routine check (0 red; 3 blue)
Comments: Blue — Hand-held food slicers and bowls stored adjacent to handwash sink are subject to contamination. Move away from area.
307 Yelm Ave., Yelm
April 25: Routine check (15 red; 0 blue)
Comments: Red — Vegetables on top of cold-holding case were at 45-54 degrees. Cold holding/storage must maintain 41 degrees or colder. Food thermometer was still in package and not being used.
SWING WINE BAR
825 Columbia St. SW, Olympia
April 29: Routine check (0 red; 0 blue)