Knapp's Landing received a 58 out of 100 on a June 19 .
The restaurant that abuts the Housatonic River was penalized for the following 4-point violations: soap cartridge stored with food; moldy tray of beets in walk-in cooler (the beets were reportedly intended for personal use); employee not washing hands before putting on gloves; missing consumer advisory on menu.
The main reason for the low score, however, was a 30-point deduction for structural issues, says restaurant manager Peter Massey.
Massey, also the son of the owner, emailed the following message to Stratford Patch:
"My name is Peter Massey and am the manager and son of the owner of Knapp's Landing restaurant. I understand the public's right to have access to public records. However, the way we were portrayed in your recent article does not show who we are. We are a family owned business for 30 years. I am the third generation to run this business in the same location.
"The health inspection that you happened to receive was our worst in all of our years as Knapps Landing. I have dealt with Dawn and Andrew, the health inspectors, for years. They respect our restaurant, and often hold their town dinners here.
"The main reason we received such a low score this time was the fact that we had 30 points deducted for structural issues; issues that in no way affect the quality of our food. Since that inspection, we have actually spent upwards of $10,000.00 to address the structural issues highlighted in the inspection.
"I would love to have the oppurtunity to show you our facility and tell you a little bit about our family and our restaurant's history. That is a story worth telling to the town of Stratford. Please email if this something you would be interested in. Thank You, Sincerely, Peter Massey"
Expect a profile on Knapp's Landing in the coming weeks.