One south side restaurant has had bad marks on 7 out of 8 food inspections
Dirty Dining: Food temperatures have been a big problem over the years for one restaurant on Milwaukee's south side, but that's not the story they told us when we stopped by. Video by tmj4.comvideo
El Farol is on 14th and Washington. This grocery and restaurant had some violations like the temperature of food supposed to be kept hot.
The inspector noted "many items in the hot food cases were at temperatures between 95 and 120 degrees." The safe temperature is 135 or hotter.
The owner's daughter, Beverlyn Gonzalez, talked to us about the problems.
"We have problems with the equipment," said Gonzalez. "We are storing everything now in the oven."
Gonzalez says food temperaturess are now where they should be.
"Customer's shouldn't be worried," she added. "We've been here for many, many years. We've never had a problem before."
But that is not true, according to the health department. El Farol's last seven out of eight inspections have been full of violations, and many of them include bad food temps.
"We're in the process of training new employees to handle the food and the storage and all that," Gonzalez said.
When we stopped by, an uncovered tub of food was sitting out. It was later covered and moved. There was also mold build-up in the ice machine.
"We already took care of it, and we clean it up," she said.
There was also no soap at one of the sinks and some of the storage shelves were dirty.
There is also an update on a restaurant we visited in January. Xee Yoo Chinese on 107th near Brown Deer was fined on its re-inspection after owners did not clean up all the violations.
But who is doing things right this time around? Vitucci's Pizza in New Berlin had a spotless inspection, and that's also the case for the last three inspections over on Milwaukee's east side at the Dogg Haus on Brady.