Dirty Dining: Thai Original BBQ on 3rd Street
Filthy conditions and storage issues lead to the closure of a Las Vegas restaurant. Contact 13's Tricia Kean takes a look at the long list of problems. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Frozen food stored in men's restroom area. That is just one of the violations that the Southern Nevada Health District found at Thai Original BBQ on 3rd Street, just off Las Vegas Boulevard South.
Inspectors slapped the restaurant with 63 demerits. And shut it down.
Any restaurant that receives more than 40 demerits is closed automatically.
The health department ordered the restaurant to cease and desist and to remove the food from the men's room area immediately which it calls an "un-permitted area."
Inspectors also say that the kitchen's floor sink was backed up and filled with dirty water.
Other violations included plumbing pipes, hood filters and even the floors and walls were dirty and covered with grease.
The ice machine had a pink mold-like substance growing in it and the inspectors also saw some roaches. The health report indicated that there were no pest control records from the past two years.
Numerous foods were found to be stored at the wrong temperatures, including garlic and oil, bean sprouts, eggs, tofu, and chicken broth.
Inspectors were also unable to locate soap at two hand sinks and several employees were washing their hands without soap.
Contact 13 attempted to contact management but were told that the manager was not in.
But the owner's son Adam Kaokept issued a statement and disputes some of the inspector's report.
"My family has been running this business for about 20 years. Southern Nevada Health District guidelines have changed a lot throughout that time. I want to make it clear there were no food safety issues. The food was in 2 separate freezers in a room next to the restroom, not actually in the restroom. Also we do have pest control that comes on a regular basis, but our records were not on site at the time of the inspection. It is an older property and I will admit that there was a lot of cleaning that needed to be done. We have made all the necessary corrections and we want our customers to know our restaurant is safe."
The Southern Nevada Health District tell us that the Original Thai BBQ is now open and operating with a three demerit A grade.