RESTAURANT REPORT CARD: Dirty conditions cause concern at eastside restaurant

KOLD Restaurant Report Card: Tucson Applebee's on probation

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A popular restaurant chain had one of its Tucson locations put on probation after an inspector went through the kitchen.

An inspector with the Pima County Health Department issued a probationary rating to the Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill on Broadway Boulevard near the Park Place Mall during a routine inspection late last month.

According to the report from Feb. 20, an inspector found food sitting on dirty equipment and a dirty substance “smearing” the inside of the ice machine.

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The inspector also noted “dried food debris hanging from refrigerator racks” that could’ve contaminated food that was unwrapped underneath.

“Excessive” was a word repeated several times through the report. "Excessive encrusted grease” was found underneath equipment, an “excessive soil accumulation” was found in a container for clean kitchen utensils and there was “excessive” trash in the kitchen.

According to the health department, the dirty conditions could attracts bugs and rodents and could create a bacteria or fungi that could spread to food.

The inspector also observed a food handler “constantly” wiping their gloves on dirty apron while preparing food.

The restaurant was re-inspected March 2 and passed. According to the follow-up report, the inspector noted that the areas of concern had all been cleaned.

For restaurants and facilities doing it right, here are a few spots around Tucson that earned an “excellent” rating in February. These facilities scored the top rating, but did have to fix a few small things after inspectors stopped by

  • Jimmy John’s: 2575 N Campbell Ave.
  • Blake’s Lotaburger: 2810 E Speedway Blvd.
  • Best Burger Truck: Food truck with different locations.

To check reports for restaurants, school campuses, campgrounds and lodging in Pima County, click HERE.

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