Circles Restaurant in Philadelphia was recently shut down for health department violations. (Google Maps)
PHILADELPHIA — From finding mouse droppings in a bowl of fried chicken, to a pool of sewage in a restaurant’s storage area, the Philadelphia Department of Health recently shut down more than 15 city eateries temporarily, according to Philly.com.
The doors were closed on these restaurants for “unacceptable” conditions or “Imminent health hazards,” the Philly.com report said.
Here are a few of the eateries and their not-so-savory violations.
Circles Restaurant at 812 North 2nd Street had 28 violations, six of which were considered serious. Mouse droppings were found on onions, potatoes, and in a bowl of fried chicken; live mice were seen running between two refrigerators in the basement food prep area; and food was being kept at hazardous temperatures.
Rosario Grocery at 729 Ritner Street had 25 violations with seven being considered serious such as finding a dead mouse on a shelf next to Wild Cherry Pepsi. Roaches were found crawling on the grape soda cans, and there were dead flies on the retail shelves.
At Al Salam Pizza at 5101 Germantown Avenue, mouse feces was found on the floor as were the pizza pans. The pizzeria received 26 violations, nine which were listed as serious.
The employees at Takka Grill and Pizza on Chelten, located at 324 West Chelten Avenue, were seen touching ready-to-eat food with their bare hands while also not wearing hair nets. Mouse droppings were also found in the food prep, storage, and bathrooms here.
The establishments were cited and given court dates.
For full reports on these restaurants, visit philly.com/cleanplates.