Inspection of Mar and Tierra Restaurant in Allentown; no running water to kitchen hand wash sink and no soap, 6 violations

Inspection of Mar and Tierra Restaurant in Allentown; no running water to kitchen hand wash sink and no soap, 6 violations

Allentown, PA

Mar and Tierra Restaurant

760 HANOVER AVE
Allentown, PA 18109
484-221-8022

The City of Allentown conducted an opening retail food inspection on 6/3/2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Mar and Tierra Restaurant was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 6 violations were found.

The inspector made the following comments in support of the violations found during the inspection:

  • Seafood salad and all other foods in the cold holding table were held at 68 °F, rather than 41°F or below as required. Corrective action was possible. Employees moved food to the refrigerator and into ice baths. (see note below)
  • Soap was not available at the handwash sink in the kitchen. Keep the soap dispenser stocked at all times.
  • Paper towel dispenser empty at the handwash sink in the kitchen. Keep paper towel dispenser stocked at all times.
  • Pans of raw fish in the refrigerator were stored open with no covering. An employee covered the fish during inspection.
  • Scoop being stored in the ice machine with handle buried beneath the ice. Store ice scoop outside the ice in a container where it is safe from contamination.
  • The cold holding table unit is holding food in the bottom at 41 degrees F but the food at the top in serving dishes was 68 degrees F. The unit is unable to maintain food at 41 degrees or below as required. The owner plans to purchase a new unit.
  • The hand washing sink in the kitchen had no running water. An employee was able to restore water and the hand sink during the inspection. Always have hot water available at hand washing sinks.

*The temperature danger zone is food temperatures between 41 and 135 degrees Fahrenheit and the most rapid bacteria growth occurs between 70 and 125 degrees Fahrenheit. The longer food sits in this temperature range, the greater the risk that bacteria will begin to grow on food. These violations are considered, "Food Borne Illness Risk Factor" violations.