Authorities CLOSE Five Guys in State College following inspection; Failed to notify of imminent health hazard and close

Authorities CLOSE Five Guys in State College following inspection; Failed to notify of imminent health hazard and close

State College, PA

Five Guys Famous Burgers and Fries

226 W College Ave
State College, PA 16801

State College Borough conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on 3/4/2020 following an anonymous complaint received by authorities. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Five Guys Restaurant was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. During this inspection a total of 3 violations were found.

The restaurant was closed by State College Borough, the agency responsible for restaurant inspections in the borough, with the inspector adding the following statement to his report:

On 3/3/20 we (Borough of State College) received an anonymous complaint that the facility did not have hot water available and sufficient enough for proper sanitation. Upon speaking with Mike Rhoads the person in charge, the establishment first experienced intermittent hot water in the middle of January 2020. A plumber was contacted and a replacement tankless hot water heater was installed in February 2020. After approximately two weeks the unit began leaking and hot water was no longer available.

A new plumber was contacted and another unit was installed approx ten days ago. Hot water was restored and available at 110 degrees for manual ware washing. We then checked the hot water and it is only getting to a temperature of 92 degrees. Due to the current violations, the business was closed and posted by Borough of SC (State College) Health Department. Business may not re-open until violations have been corrected and hot water is in compliance,has been restored, and a re-inspection has been conducted. This is a non-compliant inspection and will be billed at $150. All additional inspections will be billed at $200.

Due to failure to notify the Borough of State College Health Department of the imminent health hazard (non-sufficient hot water), citation of violation will be filed.

46.1144 – The retail food facility operator failed to notify the Department of an imminent health hazard, intermittent hot water, and discontinue operations

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

  • Hand wash sink in the food prep. Area did not have hot water supplied. Hand wash sink at the dish wash area did not have hot water supplied. An additional sink in the food preparation area was removed and not replaced. Hot water once supplied was only at 92 degrees and not at 100 degrees as necessary for proper hand washing.
  • Food facility hot water heater is not producing enough hot water to supply 110 degrees water to ware washing sinks and 100 degree water to hand washing sinks at the time of this inspection.
  • Manual ware washing temperature was measured at 92 degrees F. and not sufficient for proper manual ware washing which requires a hot water temperature of 110 degrees F.