Neighbourhood restaurants given conditional passes

Two neighbourhood restaurants were recently given conditional passes.

Golden Star Restaurant, at 2133 Jane, failed to protect food from contamination and did not properly maintain its equipment. The proprietors should have known better: they have received three other conditional passes in the past two years, and they are, according Public Health, a high risk restaurant that must be inspected three times a year. High risk restaurants serve a high-risk population, use risky processes and food, or have been implicated as the source of a previous outbreak.

Another restaurant in the same plaza was also given a yellow card. Ecua-Peru Fried Chicken at 2111 Jane St was given a yellow card after inspectors found a very long list of infractions, including failing to use proper utensils to ensure food safety, failing to keep hazardous food cold, and not providing bathroom supplies.

Golden Star Restaurant
Golden Star Restaurant

Central Bar and Grill takes a yellow card!

The Central Bar and Grill was given only a conditional pass by health inspectors in a recent inspection. Inspectors say that the restaurant did not store and remove waste correctly.

This is not the first time the restaurant has been given a conditional pass. In August of 2009, inspectors blasted it with six infractions, including the same error as this time. It was also cited for improper kitchen sanitation, lack of employee hand-washing, and waste disposal. The Central Bar and Grill did pass three subsequent inspections, however.

This inspection comes only shortly after the Toronto Star claimed that the business is (or was) a gang hangout.