Dirty Dining: Magura Restaurant and Pizzeria
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- If you consider it a gamble to eat food that's just a few days past it's expiration date, this week's Dirty Dining is going to make you feel like you're playing Russian Roulette.
"I'm Darcy Spears from Channel 13 looking for the manager or person in charge. We need to talk about the health inspection."
When we walked into Magura Restaurant on Vegas Valley Drive near Sunrise Hospital, they didn't really know how to react.
Darcy: "You're looking at this like it's Greek. It's the health inspection from the Southern Nevada Health District where you guys got 47 demerits and were closed down."
On July 13, germs must have been having a field day at Magura. Inspectors say staff couldn't wash their hands because there was no hot water, which also prevented them from washing utensils properly.
There was no sanitizer in either of the two sanitizer buckets, and no soap in the men's restroom.
The slicer and can opener were dirty.
And if your meal was a little hairy that day, it could have been because the kitchen staff weren't using hair restraints.
Also, the back door was wide open, with no fly fan or air curtain, inviting whatever inside.
We found the front door propped open when we stopped by.
Darcy: "Feels like your air conditioning is broken, too. You guys hot?"
Inspectors found some food that was too warm, like bacon, cut greens and dressing.
And here's where it gets really dicey: the macaroni salad was more than two months past its expiration date. Potato salad was almost one month past its "use by" date, and soup prepared in-house was more than a month old.
Darcy: "There's no owner, no manager? You always have to have a person in charge at the restaurant, so who's the person in charge?"
Man: "The owner, but she's not here right now."
That guy at first denied, then finally admitted he was the manager, but he still wouldn't talk to us. Maybe because he didn't' want to answer questions about his choice of footwear. He's wearing flip flops in the restaurant's kitchen.
Darcy: "Can you use the phone to call the owner to let them know that I'm here? You won't call the owner? Why not?"
Manager: "Cancel the camera."
He kicks our photographer out but keeps Darcy inside, then says he won't call the owner: "Because I am busy right now."
Darcy: "Because you're busy? There's no customers!"
Not in the pizzeria or in the restaurant dining room, which was closed and locked.
Although we couldn't get any comment, we did note that Magura has been reinspected and is back up to an "A" grade.
Darcy finally reached the restaurant owner on her cell phone. She said she was out of town, and didn't want to comment at all.