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Restaurant Ratings: Downtown eateries vary in cleanliness

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Downtown Latte located on South St. Clair Street had a perfect inspection. Downtown Latte located on South St. Clair Street had a perfect inspection.
The Blarney Irish Pub on Monroe Street downtown received nine violations in its latest health inspection. The Blarney Irish Pub on Monroe Street downtown received nine violations in its latest health inspection.
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Whether you want to grab an early morning cup of coffee or catch a late night dinner in downtown Toledo, many places check out safely with county health inspectors, while others still have some work to do.

If you need a shot of espresso to warm up, look no further than Downtown Latte located on South St. Clair Street. Its kitchen is clean. Its shelves are stocked. Its food is date marked. According to county health inspectors, everything checks out safe.

Not far away sits the Blarney Irish Pub on Monroe Street. Nine violations were found, including food without date labels, raw shell eggs and raw brat patties being stored above ready-to-eat foods, as well as boxes of food being stored directly on the floor.

Health inspectors dropping by Georgio's on North Superior Street found the correct storage order of raw meats and a clean, well-maintained facility. No violations were noted.

On Adams Street, inspectors found a prep top cooler in need of repair or replacement at Ranya's, which was a repeat violation. Another repair will need to be made to gaskets after inspectors found duct tape being used to hold them in place. Inspectors also found buildup on racks in the kitchen.

Only one violation was found at Pam's Corner on 10th Street: a bag of dirty linens were being hung above food items, which can lead to cross-contamination.

Across town at Wingyro's on East Broadway Street in east Toledo, all temperatures were checked and acceptable. No violations were reported after nearly an hour of inspecting.

It's a different story at the Wing Station on Secor Road in west Toledo. Inspectors found dust buildup on ceiling tiles, grease buildup on the hood system, food not date marked, and cheese and peppers being stored beneath raw chicken, which can lead to cross-contamination. The necessary changes were immediately made.

Kentucky Fried Chicken - also on Secor Road - will need to replace grout in the tile floor throughout the facility, remove buildup in the ice machine, and fix the walls of the chicken walk-in cooler that are curling and coming unattached.

Another Kentucky Fried Chicken in west Toledo on Laskey Road was ordered to fix a grease interceptor in the kitchen that was leaking when the sinks were drained. Inspectors also noted a sewage gas smell from the same area in need of attention.

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The owner of The Blarney Irish Pub released the following statement about the health department report:

"In over 16 years I have made it my priority to make sure all my restaurants I own in Downtown Toledo is at or beyond what The Lucas County Health Dept requires and I take pride in my kitchens. At the day The Health Dept arrived at The Blarney our food truck was delivered during lunch hour and clearly could not be put away properly during our lunch hour as eggs were actually left on the shelf in a temporary location until lunch could be completed. Boxes were left on the floor of the walk-in as to not leave them in the ambient air of the kitchen which clearly would have rendered the food unusable.

After reviewing our video footage, the soup was in fact stored in the walk-in at 1:30pm not 11am so the time given by our kitchen staff was incorrect and should have never been written up in the first place as we have clear proof of the time it was placed in walk-in and more time to get to required 70 degrees within 2 hours. 

The slicer was used during lunch service and could not have been cleaned in time for our inspection as they arrived just after service. Our kitchen manager left prior to the inspector arriving to shop for produce for dinner service that evening and was not available at the time of inspection."

Ed Beczynski
Owner