Live roach and mouse droppings: The best and worst Peoria food inspections for October

Peoria City/County Health Department, 2116 N. Sheridan Road in Peoria.
Peoria City/County Health Department, 2116 N. Sheridan Road in Peoria.

The Peoria City/County Health Department conducts food inspections for a wide range of establishments in the area − from restaurants to long-term care facilities and schools. Inspections look for issues that could contribute to the spread of foodborne illness, as well as general cleanliness and maintenance of the establishment.

The Journal Star examined routine inspections for restaurants, mobile establishments and bars/taverns in Peoria County for October. From these categories, over 100 routine inspections were completed.

The establishments listed below received either no violations or enough violations to warrant a warning from the health department.

Note: According to the Peoria City/County Health Department, "inspections only provide a snapshot of a food establishment's practices, as they are based on what is seen at the time of the inspection."

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Terminology used by the health department

  • Core violation: These violations relate to "general sanitation, operational controls, sanitation standard operating procedures (SSOPs), facilities or structures, equipment design, or general maintenance," according to the health department.

  • Priority foundation violation: These violations could lead to priority violations if they are not corrected.

  • Priority violation: These violations are considered the most high-risk by the health department, as they have the potential to directly contribute to foodborne illness.

Establishments with no violations during routine October inspections

A Matter of Taste

838 E. Glen Ave., Peoria

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

2601 W. Lake Ave., Peoria

George Washington Carver Community Center

710 W. Percy Baker Jr. Ave., Peoria

Hy-Vee 2 (Meat/Seafood/Produce)

7610 N. Orange Prairie Road, Peoria

Hy-Vee 2 (Starbucks)

7610 N. Orange Prairie Road, Peoria

Jerusalem Restaurant

2027 W. Farmington Road, Peoria

Mayflower Family Restaurant

211 N. 1st St., Dunlap

Methodist College Cafe

7600 N. Academic Drive, Peoria

Panera Bread #1294

1101 W. Bird Ave., Peoria

Plank Road Liquor

6005 W. Plank Road, Bellevue

The Smo-King Pit

2200 W. War Memorial Drive, Peoria

The Victory Vendor

8323 W. Tuscarora Road, Mapleton

Whitey's Tip Top Inn, Inc

2601 N. Sheridan Road, Peoria

Establishments that received warning comments during routine October inspections

Hoops Pub and Pizza at 516 Main St., Peoria, received five priority, three priority foundation and nine core violations. These included:

  • An employee "used bare hands to handle ready to eat bread." According to the health department, employees working with ready to eat foods should use single use gloves, deli tissue or other "suitable utensils."

  • Living roach and gnats found inside of establishment's main level.

  • The health department found mouse droppings by the establishment's basement stairs.

  • Various items inside a sauce cooler were found to be over 41 degrees Fahrenheit. According to the health department, the "cooler was embargoed. Inadequately held food was discarded."

Subway at 3315 N. University St., Peoria, received one priority foundation and two core violations. The warning comment was made "due to continued noncompliance with the Illinois Food Code and Chapter 10 Food Safety, of the Peoria County Code."

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The person in charge has not become a Certified Food Protection Manager. The violation was also noted in a routine June inspection and in two follow-ups in July and August. According to comments, the health department was told the person in charge "would be taking the class on September 19, 2023, and did not take the course. The store still does not have a CFPM as of October 4, 2023. This is an ongoing issue and this is being sent to compliance."

This article originally appeared on Journal Star: Peoria health department food inspections for October 2023