West Chester’s Side Bar Restaurant blows inspection; “Soda gun holders throughout the facility have mold-like growth/food residue build-up in the bottom around the drain”

West Chester’s Side Bar Restaurant blows inspection; “Soda gun holders throughout the facility have mold-like growth/food residue build-up in the bottom around the drain”

West Chester, PA

Side Bar Restaurant

10 E Gay ST
West Chester, PA 19380
610-429-8297

The Chester County Health Department conducted an unannounced retail food inspection on January 7, 2020. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the Side Bar Restaurant in West Chester 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:

  • Inadequate ice bath observed in the first floor kitchen. When utilizing an ice bath, the following must occur for adequate cold holding: – Ice should be filled in the ice bath container to the top of the product line in the containers placed into the ice bath. – Water should be poured into the ice to create an “ice slurry” which allows for uniform cooling and cold holding in the container. -Water should be drained and ice added as needed to maintain 41 degrees F or below. *This violation was corrected on site.*
  • Small leak observed at the hot water handle of the basement 3-compartment sink. Repair.
  • Fly strip in the basement is positioned directly over food items in the prep area. This must be re-positioned in such a manner that it is not directly over an area used for food storage/preparation or food contact items.
  • Grease/food debris build-up has built up around the casters of the cooking equipment along the cook’s line in the main kitchen. Grease build-up also observed on the floor. Equipment should be pulled out for deep cleaning when the facility is not in operation.
  • Soda gun holders throughout the facility have mold-like growth/food residue build-up in the bottom around the drain. Soda guns at the front entrance bar, as well as the upstairs bar, have food residue build-up on the interior. These should all be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized, and maintained regularly.
  • The following structural violations were observed and are in need of repair: -Seal the gap in the wall where the waste line from the basement dish machine enters the wall. -Vinyl cove base underneath/behind the 3-compartment sink where the floor meets the wall has become detached. Reattach. -Flooring is damaged underneath the cooks’ line equipment. This has resulted in pooling grease and food residue where the floor tiles are missing or damaged. Grease must be cleaned immediately, and the floor must be repaired to create a surface that is smooth, nonabsorbent, and easily cleanable.