Long River was one of 20 restaurants ordered by the city health department to temporarily close at some point from Nov. 21 through Dec. 8. A reinspection costs each business $500.
The Family Dollar was ordered to close for 48 hours to get rid of any more pests. That order followed a Nov. 4 inspection (also resulting in a mandated shutdown) that uncovered widespread mouse feces, an odor of rodent urine and gnawed cat treats, Cheese Doodles and chocolate candy.
"Please know the safety of our associates and customers is our first priority, and we take situations like this very seriously," said Family Dollar corporate spokesman Randy Guiler. "We have been working with the owner of the property, the health inspector and pest control services to resolve the issue."
The health department visited more than 500 eateries and food retailers between Nov. 21 and Dec. 6. Each eatery inspection is generally regarded as a "snapshot in time," and not necessarily a reflection of day-to-day conditions. Most violations were fixed immediately on site.
An edited selection of infractions at the shutdown eateries are noted below.
If you suspect you've contracted food poisoning or have a sanitation complaint, contact the health department at 215-685-7495.
9 violations, 7 serious.
Food safety certified person not present; inadequate hot water; no towels at hand sink; black and green residue inside ice machine; food held at hazardous temperatures. Asked to temporarily close on Dec. 9.
1702 W DAUPHIN ST 19132
Person in charge not present; mice feces on shelving; employees can't wash hands due to leaking sink; no soap in restroom; food not stored at least 6 inches above the floor; cardboard lining shelves; general cleaning of floors and shelves needed. Agreed to temporarily close Dec. 8. Previously cited for operating without a food license on July 24, 2014 and "critical violations" on Oct. 20, 2015.
1940 W PASSYUNK AVE 19145
Employee touched cooked food with bare hands; access to hand wash sink blocked by bucket and utensils; accumulation of residue on slicer; floor cleaning needed throughout kitchen. Agreed to temporarily close on Dec. 5. Previously cited for operating without a license on Dec. 12, 2013 and Apr. 15, 2015.
Food safety certified person not present. Agreed to temporarily close Dec. 5. Cited for same violation on Oct. 14, 2016.
1 violation, 1 serious.
Food safety certified person not present. Agreed to temporarily close Dec. 5.
432 W DAUPHIN ST 19133
Food safety certified person not present; no health awareness reporting procedure for employees; person in charge had no knowledge of reportable food borne illnesses; no soap at handwash sinks; no cold water at sink. Agreed to temporarily close again on Nov. 30.
MARKET ST 19104
3601 WALNUT ST 19104
3925 WALNUT ST 19104
6 N 52ND ST 19139
554 E SANGER ST 19120
1543 SPRING GARDEN ST 19130
Severe mouse infestation; mouse feces on food in walk-in cooler and prep units; person in charge allowed restaurant to operate with rodent infestation; shrimp thawing in stagnant water; "dying German cockroach nymph observed on a prep table. It was later killed by an employee. Repeat violation." Uncovered containers of food in walk-in cooler; clean and disinfect all food equipment and floors. Inspected five times this year. Also cited Oct. 4 for repeat violation: an employee seen killing a roach with his finger and continuing to make a vegetable dumpling without washing his hands. Ordered to close for a minimum of 48 hours on Nov. 22.