LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The sushi bar at J Janga Steak and Sushi on Fort Apache Road and Patrick Lane got a 36-demerit C grade on its July 8 inspection.
Once again, the inspector documented improper handwashing as violation number one.
There were also multiple foods in the temperature danger zone including crab, cooked fish skin, shrimp, rice, lettuce, crab salad, tuna, salmon, and beef. All were left at unsafe temperatures for more than two hours and had to be thrown away.
Raw beef was stored above cooked shrimp and chemical spray bottles were stored above to-go containers and condiment packets.
They were using dirty wiping cloths to clean sushi stations.
The place was full of flies and the inspector noted heavily soiled walls, dirty equipment, and dirty drains as part of the reason so many flies were there.
The beverage cooler was heavily rusted, and the cutting board was heavily stained.
Ovens, refrigerators, and freezers were dirty and there was accumulated dirt, trash, old food, and standing water on floors.
General Manager Ellen Chong says she filed a formal complaint against the inspector alleging borderline harassment.
She says the inspector was there taking up a table for five hours, which is a hit for the restaurant considering current limitations on occupancy.
Chong says she’s not denying there were some violations.
She says they’re trying to follow all CDC protocols during COVID, but this was over the top and not consistent with the guidelines and advice she’s been getting over the years from other inspectors, who she considers partners in public health and safety.
“Our families eat here,” said Chong. “I eat here. The last thing I’d want is something unsafe for the public and our customers.”
She calls the C downgrade “Another jab along with everything that’s going on with COVID and all the restrictions on business.”
J Janga’s sushi bar got its A grade back with zero demerits on July 14.
The Chandelier Bar at the Cosmopolitan on the strip saw its pantry shut down for an imminent health hazard on July 9 after the inspector found it operating without hot water.
The closure did not affect the bar itself.
Food handlers were preparing open food at the time and couldn’t properly wash their hands.
There was also excessive old food on the lemon slicer and can opener blade, no available sanitizer solution during active food preparation, and, the pantry’s grade card was missing.
The Cosmopolitan sent the following statement:
“Upon being made aware of the required adjustments concerning the back-of-house pantry area of The Chandelier on July 9, we took immediate action to remedy the situation. The minor transgressions were corrected within moments of receiving the Southern Nevada Health District’s report, and as a result, this did not affect operations and business resumed as-usual that same day with a zero-demerit A Grade.”
Click here to see the health report for J Janga Steak and Sushi.
Click here to see the health report for Cosmo Chandelier Mezz Bar.