Tower Inn Cafe

Contact Information

701 W. Cross Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Health Report - 02/06/2014 (0 critical incident(s))

Found the floor under equipment, edges and corners in the back kitchen prep areas, storage room and cooking line soiled with accumulation of debris. Found the floor in the walk in freezer soiled with accumulation and build up. To correct thoroughly clean floors and clean on a more frequent schedule.

Health Report - 08/16/2013 (5 critical incident(s))

(Critical) Observed employees handle ready to eat food with bare hands- employee cutting lemons in the back kitchen area without wearing gloves and another employee handle hamburger bun with bare hand on the cooking line. Employees corrected by wearing gloves and pic has been instructed to monitor and ensure employee are wearing gloves or using utensils when handling ready to eat food. ,

(Critical) Found the pop nozzles of the pop machine in the kitchen soiled with accumulation and build up. To correct follow manufacturer's directions and clean pop nozzles. ,

(Critical) Found no quat test kit available to test sanitizing solutions. To correct provide quat test kit. ,

(Critical) Found facility mixing soap and sanitizer in sanitizing buckets to wipe down food contact surfaces (cutting boards and prep tables) on the cooking and prep areas. Pic corrected by having employee remake sanitizing buckets with only sanitizer. Pic has been instructed to monitor and ensure only sanitizer is placed in sanitizing buckets. ,

(Critical) Found time/temperature control for safety (tcs) food, beef patties 46°F, calamari 50°F, and chicken kabobs 50°F in the 4 drawer cooler on the cooking line. Found tcs food, pepperoni rolls 50°F in the 2 door worktop cooler on the end of the cooking line. Pic corrected by discarding tcs foods and has been instructed not to use these coolers until repaired/replaced to hold tcs food at 41°F. ,

Found an opened beverage bottle with cap on the pick up table area. To correct either eat/drink in designated areas or use beverage containers that prevent contamination of employee hands, such as a cup with lid and straw. ,

Found a panel of wall in the back prep room missing with exposed surfaces. Found ceiling vent covers in the cooking and prep area of the kitchen missing. Found base coving missing in various parts of kitchen. Found the floor in the walk in cooler chipped, cracked and missing tile. Found the wall behind shelves in the storage room with deep grooves and damaged surfaces. To correct repair all noted areas and keep facility in good working condition. ,

Found the 4 drawer cooler and the 2 door worktop cooler not holding tcs food at 41°F. Found the drawer and prep top cooler in the wait station not in use or working. To correct repair coolers to hold tcs food at 41°F or lower. Found the base of the mixing bowl warped and surface with wear. To correct repair or replace mixing bowl. ,

Found the floors under equipment, edges and corners in the cooking line, wait station, prep and storage areas soiled with accumulation of debris and build up. To correct thoroughly clean floors and keep clean. ,

Observed employee use apron to wipe edge of plate. To correct discontinue using apron to wipe edge of plate and use a dry cloth that is designated for wiping food spills to wipe plates. ,

Found labels left on the exterior surfaces of clean containers on the clean storage shelf. To correct completely remove labels prior to washing containers. ,

Found lid of dumpser left open. To correct keep dumpster lids closed. ,

Found no handwashing sign in the bar, and public ladies and mens restrooms. To correct provide signs reminding employees to wash thier hands. ,

Health Report - 02/27/2013 (0 critical incident(s))

Found no handwashing signs in several handsinks. To correct provide and secure signs reminding employees to wash hands at all handsinks.

Found the label on the chemical sanitizer dispenser faded. To correct provide label indicating sanitizer.

Found the ceiling lamps in the back prep area without plastic tubes and endcaps. To correct provide plastic tubes and endcaps.

Found grease on the edges of the cooking hood. To correct clean cooking hood edges.

Found the floor under equipment, edges and corners, in the kitchen soiled with accumulation of debris. To correct thoroughly clean floors and keep clean.

Health Report - 08/22/2012 (1 critical incident(s))

(Critical) Found time/temperature control for safety (tcs) food, sliced tomatoes 45°F and cheese 45°F in the top portion, and turkey 45°F, ham 45°F, and chicken salad 45°F in the bottom portion of the 3 door prep top cooler. Pic temporarily corrected by placing tcs food in ice baths, and states will call for repair. Pic has been instructed not to use this cooler to hold tcs food, until repaired/replaced to hold tcs food at 41°F or lower.

Found the walls in the kitchen and storage areas damaged with scratches and uneven surfaces. Found the tiled floor in the kitchen and walk in cooler damaged with cracks and chips. Found the coving under the dishwashing area broken with missing tile. Found the tiled edge in the back dessert area with missing tile. To correct repair/replace all noted areas and keep facility in good repair.

Found an old range and other items in the back of the restaurant besides the back door. To correct remove all broken and old items no longer needed for business operations

Observed the presence of flies in the bar and back kitchen area. To correct keep areas clean and dry, in good repair, and continue pest control treatments.

Found a fruit/garnish storage bin stored in the ice bin, where ice is used for customer drinks. Pic corrected by removing fruit/garnish storage bin, and discarded ice. Pic was reminded that ice that is used to cool/hold items may not be used for drinks.

Found the 3 door prep top cooler not holding tcs food at 41°F. To correct repair/replace cooler to hold tcs food at 41°F or lower.

Found expired food license posted on bar wall. To correct post current food license in a conspicuous area for public inspection.

Found several packages of bread without labels or ingredients available. To correct have ingredients available upon customer request for possible ingredients or allergy concerns.

Health Report - 03/01/2012 (0 critical incident(s))

Found the drywall by the salad cooler and other areas in the kitchen repaired and patched but lacking finish/paint. Found the tiled wall behind the dough machine missing tile. Found the drywall behind shelves in the storage room damaged with uneven surfaces. Found the air vent cover on the wall/ceiling above the dough prep table missing. Found the tiled floor in the walk in cooler cracked and chipped. Found the tiled floor in front of the 3 compartment sink floor drain cracked and raised. To correct properly repair/replace all noted items and keep facility in good repair.

Found the floor (under equipment, edges and corners) on the cooking/prep line soiled with build up. To correct thoroughly clean floors and clean on a more frequent schedule.

Found the sanitizing label on the multiple cleaning chemical dispenser fading. To correct re-label cleaning chemical dispenser.

Found a pile of old and broken equipment from the recently re-modeled bar on the floor by the back door. To correct remove items from facility.

Found slight accumulation in the pop nozzles of the pop machine in the kitchen wait station area. To correct follow manufacturers directions and thoroughly clean pop nozzles.

Found 2 mops left to dry in the mop wringer of empty mop buckets in the back hallway. To correct store mops on mop rack to allow mop to air dry.

Found the surfaces of the cooking line hood soiled with build up, and the edges greasy. To correct clean as soon as possible, and clean on a more frequent schedule.

Health Report - 09/06/2011 (0 critical incident(s))

Found no smoking sign not posted in front door area. To correct provide and post no smoking signs at all public entrances.

Found slight accumulation in the bar pop gun nozzle. Pic corrected by cleaning and sanitizing bar pop gun nozzle, and has been instructed to monitor and verify that employees are properly cleaning pop nozzles.

Found the walk in cooler floor damaged with chipped tiles. Found the storage room wall behind shelves damaged with dents, holes, and scratches. Found the ceiling and walls in the entire facility with holes and damaged surfaces. Found various vents missing covers in the entire facility. To correct repair/replace all noted areas and keep facility in good repair.

Found the floor (under equipment, edges and corners) on the cooking line soiled with accumulation and build up. Found the air vents in the kitchen cooking and prep area soiled with dust and grease. To correct thoroughly clean floor and air vents and clean on a more frequent schedule.

Observed facility cooling soup in a covered plastic container in an ice bath in the 3 compartment sink. Pic corrected by having employee place soup in a metal uncovered pot in the ice bath and reminded employee to stir soup and take temperatures.

Observed bar worker wearing nail polish on finger nails working on drinks in the bar. Pic states this employee does not normally work in bar, and was instructed to have employees that wear nail polish working with food wear gloves.

Observed various old and broken equipment in the back storage room. To correct remove items no longer needed for business operations.

Found the edges of the cooking hood soiled with greasy accumulation. To correct clean as soon as possible, and clean on a more frequent schedule.

Observed a used oil dumpster (mahoney environmental) with lid partially opened and filled with garbage. Pic states this is not his dumpster, but it is on his property line. To correct remove this dumpster, and keep lids tight fitting to prevent pest harborage.

Observed numerous cans on storage room shelves soiled with debris. To correct better protect cans from accumulation, and clean cans prior to use.

Health Report - 03/10/2011 (0 critical incident(s))

Found a hole/gap along the corner of the back door and floor. To correct eliminate hole/gap along the floor and back door.

Found the floor of the walk in freezer soiled with debris. Pic corrected by having employee clean walk in freezer floor

Found the interior door panel of the 1 door reach in cooler on the end of the cooking line cracked and damaged. To correct repair interior panel of cooler door.

Found no handwashing sign in the bar, the public restrooms, and back kitchen area handsink areas. To correct provide sign reminding employees to wash their hands at all locations where they may wash their hands.

Found several metal shakers on the kitchen counter without labels. To correct provide labels.

Found the floor (under equipment, edges and corners) in the kitchen soiled with accumulation and build up. To correct thoroughly clean floors and clean on a more frequent schedule.

Found the pop nozzle of the pop gun in the bar slightly soiled. Pic corrected by cleaning pop nozzle (washing, rinsing, and sanitizing).

Found wiping cloths in sanitizing buckets not completely submerged under sanitizer in the kitchen areas. To correct store wiping cloths completely submerged under sanitizer.

Health Report - 09/21/2010 (4 critical incident(s))

(Critical) The foods in the top and bottom of the pizza prep-top cooler were observed at 47f and 45f, respectively (after lunch). At the time of the inspection the temperature control dial was adjusted. Monitor this unit to ensure it maintains food at 41f or below

(Critical) Observed the quat dispenser providing quat sanitizer at 150 ppm. The mixing instructions for sanitizing food contact surfaces in restaurants requires 200 ppm. Have your contractor adjust the mixture to provide 200 ppm. As a reminder the test papers will only provide an accurate reading when the solution is +/- 70-75°F

(Critical) Observed a generic black flexible hose providing water to the chemical dispenser to not be made of food grade materials (no back-flow preventer is installed upstream from this hose to prevent back-siphoning). Correct by providing a food grade hose assembly for this installation (nsf-61 or equivalent)

(Critical) Air gaps are not provided at the following locations for equipment drain lines: the ice bin at the pepsi drink dispensing station, and two of the drain lines for the ice machine/bin that was relocated to the back room. Air gaps (vertical height above the flood rim of the receiving plumbing must be 2x the discharge pipe diameter).

No soap is provided for the dish washing machine. Their contractor was contacted late last week regarding the need for more soap and he was supposed to deliver it yesterday morning (monday). No soap has arrived as of tuesday afternoon. Provide soap for your dish washing machine asap

This incident (31002) does not have any more information on it

Provide a silicone sealant at the junction of the newly installed hand washing sink and the wall (side and back-splash) to prevent debris and moisture build-up

The following areas are in need of cleaning at this time and more frequently in the future: the floor behind the dish washing machine, and the floor sink that receives the waste water from the back dough prep room hand washing sink

The pizza prep cooler (located on the line across from the char-grill) is not operating properly. A replacement part (thermostat) was purchased and will be installed tonight or tomorrow morning

Observed several areas of the dish washing machine to be soiled (inside the cabinet and in the drain housing). Please clean these areas nightly

1) the sill made of tile for the back delivery door is damaged. Repair as needed to prevent pest entry. 2) provide a door sweep on the interior front entry door. During fair weather the exterior door is propped open. Therefore, your interior door needs to keep out pests

Have your contractor provide your dish washing machine with an audible or a visual alarm on the detergent and sanitizer solutions to notify staff when the product is depleted