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Stratford Restaurants Inspected: The Good, the Bad and the 'Buggy'

The latest round of inspection reports for Stratford establishments.

Below are the results of the most recent round of Stratford food service inspections, conducted over the past three months by the .

All the restaurants listed below are labeled as Class 4, which means the establishments offer full-service dining, according to Director of Health Andrea Boissevain.

At least a third of the town's more than 300 establishments that the health department inspects are Class 4, Boissevain said.

When an A fails

If everything's spick-and-span, a restaurant's score is 100 points, which indicates zero violations.

However, a restaurant can be docked one 4-point violation, receive a score of 96 and still fail the inspection, explains inspector Andrew Anderson, who conducted nine of the inspections below.

Anderson said the most serious violations carry a 4-point demerit, and if a restaurant is hit with one of those it results in an automatic failed inspection. The most common 4-point violation is for food temperatures, he said.

Another way to fail is to score less than 80. "Whenever someone scores under 80 we have them in for a hearing, see if we can do anything to help them," Anderson said.

A restaurant is typically given two weeks after a failed inspection to right the violation or violations.

Those who passed

2347 Barnum Ave.

Inspected May 1

Score: 94

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2520 Main St.

Inspected May 1

Score: 96

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1400 West Broad St.

Inspected May 2

Score: 87

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690 Lordship Boulevard

Inspected June 1

Score: 88

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7365 Main St.

Inspected June 4

Score: 87

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88 Ryders Lane

Inspected June 4

Score: 92

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1345 Barnum Ave.

Inspected June 5

Score: 85

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2428 Main St.

Inspected June 8

Score: 95

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Romano's Pizza

2162 Barnum Ave.

Inpected June 8

Score: 92

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Honeyspot Deli

570 Honeyspot Road

Inspected June 11

Score: 97

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88 Ryders Lane

Inspected June 26

Score: 84

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88 Ferry Boulevard

Inspected July 6

Score: 92

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1345 Barnum Ave.

Inspected July 11

Score: 87

Those who failed

Stop & Shop

200 East Main St.

Inspected June 19

Score: 88

4-point violation(s): shopping carts blocking handwashing station.

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690 Lordship Boulevard

Inspected May 14

Score: 69

4-point violation(s): Unlabeled degreaser, coffee filters on same shelf as paint; employee not washing hands before putting on gloves, blocked handwashing area; refrigerator/food temperature 66 degrees (required temperature 45 degrees and under), 59 degree milk in customer area.

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520 Sniffens Lane

Inspected June 19

Score: 58

4-point violations(s): soap cartridge stored with food; moldy tray of beets in walk-in cooler (Anderson said the beets were intended for personal use); employee not washing hands before putting on gloves; missing consumer advisory on menu.

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2415 Main St.

Inspected July 20

Score: 63

4-point violation(s): coffee, coffee filters on same shelf as cleaning supplies; food temperatures (turkey and marinara sauce at 48 and 49 degrees, respectively); WD-40 and bleach stored above utensils.

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Riverview Bistro

946 Ferry Boulevard

Inspected July 20

Score: 81

4-point violation(s): dishwashing area violation; missing consumer advisory on menu.

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2419 Main St.

Inspected July 18

Score: 80

4-point violation(s): a bulk storage bin of dry red hot peppers infested with moths.

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411 Barnum Ave. Cutoff

Inspected July 16

Score: 73

4-point violation(s): unlabeled spray bottle; food temperatures (eggs out at 80 degrees, chicken in refrigerator at 60 degrees).

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3561 Main St.

Inspected July 27

Score: 87

4-point violation(s): Unlabeled spray bottle with water in it stored on shelf with chemicals.

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1000 Stratford Ave.

Inspected June 28

Score: 68

4-point violation(s): food temperatures (cheese out at 50 degrees, tuna salad at 53 degrees), missing consumer advisory on menu; unlabeled sanitary buckets; severely dented cans of apple sauce and strawberry filling.

Theresa February 19, 2013 at 07:27 PM
Then why are they out of business?
Carol February 19, 2013 at 08:17 PM
I am glad to see the Duchess Diner failed. I was served undercooked ground beef in the stuffed cabbage - it was very pink. Knowing the owner for several years I quietly told him. He looked at it and said it was the seasoning. I disagreed with him and he made a scene and yelled at me. Haven't been there since and will never go back. He owns the pizza place across the street - interesting to see how they rate. Shame on you Johnny!
Debbie February 20, 2013 at 04:18 AM
As a holder of a ServSafe certification, I take all violations seriously. Don't underestimate the relevamce of any violations. Lighting over food preparation areas that are missing proper covers may seem like no big deal. The reason it is important is that if a bulb breaks, glass cold get into the food supply. Chemicals not separated properly from food areas could cause contamination. Food preparation surfaces need not only be clean, but attention must be paid to potential cross contamination of raw and ready to eat foods and potential allergens. There are so many protections in place that the casual diner doesn't even know about. Trust that it is for the safety of the public. The fact that there are few foodbourne illness outbreaks means the system is working. Don't knock it! In fact, advocate for more public health dollars to support regular inspections.
GL February 23, 2013 at 01:32 PM
As a holder of a ServSafe certification myself, I take all violations seriously. I don't understand if a score of 100 means perfect how does one pass an inspection with a score of only 80???? Meaning Sunnyside on Barnum Ave, in Stratford??? I have personally been in there and witnessed horrible and gross practices from the wait staff and cook, while I sat on the counter. They did not even care!!! Where are the follow-up scores for these restaurants?
Anne K. Mulligan August 16, 2013 at 10:11 AM
Why does it appear that the names of so many restaurants have be removed?

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