Eastern Flame

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304 S. Ashley
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Health Report - 04/04/2014 (2 critical incident(s))

(Critical) Several refrigerated, ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food items found without proper datemarking. Once opened, prepared or removed from freezer please label with discard date. Corrected at time of inspection by labeling food items with proper discard dates if owner aware of prep dates and discarding remaining food items

(Critical) Interior microwave ovens, top and bottom section and utensils in container & container on cook line in need of cleaning. Food-contact surfaces shall be clean to sight and touch. Corrected at time of inspection by cleaning and sanitizing interior microwave ovens, utensils and utensil container. Please continue to monitor and clean as needed

Food employee observed without hair restraint or beard restraint. Food employees shall wear hair restraint that effectively restrains their hair

These areas in need of cleaning: floors under tables rear kitchen, top of 4 burner stove, catch tray under 4 burner stove, catch tray for flat top grill, shelf under flat top, interior floor drain front counter and floors front counter area. Please clean now and as often as necessary to maintain in clean condition

Dumpster lid found in open position. Please close when not in use

(1) towel wrapped around faucet at mop sink. Please repair any leaks and maintain in good repair. (2) handwash sink in women's restroom not draining properly. Please repair and maintain in good repair

Flat top grill partially outside of ventilation system. Please contact building department for guidance on what is allowed for proper ventilation of cooking equipment. Owner has purchased a side curtain. Note: side curtain was taken down recently to make it easier to get into wic per owner

Refrigeration door gaskets 2 door prep unit in poor repair. Please replace to provide good seal and so smooth and easily cleanable

Sign missing from handwash sink in kitchen notifying food employees to wash their hands. Please provide sign at handwash sink

Dumpster area in need of cleaning. Please clean up as much as possible and when ice melts clean up remaining waste around dumpster

Interior tandoori oven observed with some cracks. Owner is no longer using oven for bread; using only for chicken on spears which does not contact sides of oven. Please resurface to provide smooth, easily cleanable surface

Clutter and unnecessary items stored in facility. Please sort through and get rid of any items not used in the operation and maintenance of facility. Excess bagged pop returnables; please remove more frequently. Please concentrate on front counter area and upstairs storage area. There is also unused equipment in the basement

Health Report - 09/25/2013 (8 critical incident(s))

(Critical) Observed pop nozzles with mold. These need to be cleaned more frequently; at a frequency necessary to preclude the accumulation of soil or mold. Food-contact surfaces should be clean to sight and touch. Corrected at time of inspection: owner removed all pop nozzles and properly washed, rinsed and sanitized them. He will provide a designated brush to be used for the pop nozzles and will begin cleaning them every evening at close

(Critical) Potentially hazardous food items in walk-in-cooler maintaining at improper temperature. Potentially hazardous food shall maintain at 41°F or below or 135°F or above. Corrected at time of inspection by discarding all potentially hazardous food items in walk-in-cooler found at 52°F - 54°F. Per owner the wic door was open for an extended period of time while cleaning the floors. Repair person notified in case there is an additional issue with wic. At end of inspection, ambient air temperature in walk-in-cooler found at 40°F

(Critical) No soap at handwash sink front counter and soap dispenser at rear kitchen handwash sink not attached to wall. Soap shall be provided at all handwash sinks for easy dispensing. Not corrected. ,

(Critical) Some dented cans observed in rear kitchen and in upstairs storage area. Cans should be monitored for dents and discarded or set aside as needed for return to supplier. Corrected at time of inspection by discarding one of the cans and setting the others aside for return to supplier

(Critical) The interior of one of the microwave ovens (including upper section) in rear kitchen, the clean dish storage rack at 3-compartment sink and the mat used to store inverted clean glasses at pop dispensing machine in need of cleaning. Food-contact surfaces shall be clean to sight and touch. Not corrected. ,

(Critical) None of the refrigerated, ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food items found with proper date marking. Once opened, prepared or removed from the freezer these food items shall be clearly marked with the discard date. Corrected at time of inspection by discarding all refrigerated, ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food items with the exception of the hummus and babaganoush in bottom section of prep unit; date prepared known by owner; these two food items properly marked with preparation and discard date

(Critical) No segregated area in facility for dented cans, spoiled or recalled food items. Please designate a segregated area and label. Not corrected. ,

(Critical) No paper towels at front counter handwash sink and at handwash sink in men's public/employee restroom. Please provide paper towels at all handwash sinks at all times. Not corrected. No paper towels; temporarily placed napkins by handwash sinks. ,

Observed employee without a hair restraint and without a beard restraint. Food employees shall wear hair restraints that effectively restrain their hair

Dumpster area in need of cleaning. Please clean area around the dumpster and area under stairwell. Remove windows leaned up against dumpster and eliminate garbage can with standing water under stairwell

Top ledge of some pans cracked. Please replace to provide smooth, easily cleanable surface

Some clutter and unnecessary items found stored in upstairs storage area. Please sort through and get rid of any items not used in the operation and maintainance of facility. Organize remaining items to make it easier to keep clean and to prevent potential harborage conditions for insects and rodents

Handwash sinks missing sign notifying food employees to wash their hands. Please provide signs for all handwash sinks

These areas in need of cleaning: underside of pop dispenser housing, handle on tandoori oven cover, floors under prep table, interior bottom cabinet under front counter handwash sink, floors in upstairs storage area and ceiling fan cover in men's restroom in need of cleaning. Please clean now and as often as necessary to maintain in clean condition

Ceiling fan cover in men's restroom not attached to ceiling properly. Please repair and maintain in good repair

(1) walk-in-cooler not maintaining temperature. Refrigeration shall be capable of maintaining food at 41°F or below at all times. (2) door gaskets in poor repair 2 door prep unit. Please replace to provide good seal and so smooth and easily cleanable. (3) excess frost build-up in upright freezer next to kitchen entrance. Please defrost and maintain

(1) observed small leaks at termination end of spray rinse arm and 3-compartment sink faucet. Please repair all leaks and maintain in good repair. (2) handwash sink in women's restroom draining slowly. Please repair and maintain in good repair

Health Report - 03/29/2013 (1 critical incident(s))

(Critical) No paper towels available at handwash sink in kitchen. Please provide paper towels at all times at all handwash sinks. Corrected at time of inspection by providing paper towels form another paper towel dispenser until paper towels are purchased later today. Please keep some back-up paper towels in storage and monitor handwash sinks on routine basis for presence of paper towels and soap

Cabinet door front counter in poor repair. Please repair so it closes properly

Some clutter and unnecessary items found stored in (1) upstairs attic storage on right side at top of stairs. Please sort through and get rid of any items not used in the operation and maintenance of facility. (2) front counter area including shelving units and some cabinets. Please remove the car seat temporarily being stored front counter behind the pop dispensing machine.

(1) leak underneath first compartment 3-comp sink. Please repair and maintain in good repair. (2) please repair hot water control knob at handwash sink in women's restroom so the hot water can be shut off all the way.

These areas in need of cleaning: handle area bottom doors of 2 door prep unit, shelf under prep table (under the window), exterior of the bulk tahini container, exterior potato and onion crates and cabinet under front counter handwash sink. Please clean now and as often as necessary to maintain in clean condition.

Sanitizer concentration low in wet wiping cloth solution front counter. Please monitor with chlorine test kit and change throughout the day as needed to maintain proper sanitizer level.

Health Report - 10/02/2012 (1 critical incident(s))

(Critical) Some refrigerated, ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food items found with expired discard dates. Corrected: at time of inspection discarded expired food items. Facility is adding 6 days to prep date. If not consumed within the 6 days the food items shall be discarded. Please remind all employees to monitor date marked food items and discard as needed.

Please post current food license in a conspicuous place (where food business is transacted)

Health Report - 04/05/2012 (0 critical incident(s))

Please provide certified manager certificate for one full time employee within 90 days.

Ceiling fan in men's restroom not functioning. Please repair and maintain in good repair

Improper cooling method being used for chicken masala sauce. Cooked and cooled potentially hazardous food shall cool within 2 hours from 135°F to 70°F and within a total of 6 hours from 135°F to 41°F. Please use one or more of the following methods listed. At time of inspection split 4 gallons chicken masala sauce into two containers and placed in freezer to finish cooling properly. Sauce found at 57°F; per owner was cooked less than 2 hours before inspection

These areas in need of cleaning: hood filters in some sections, area next to fryers on cook line, floors under cooking equipment, interior microwave ovens, interior both floor drains front counter area and floors in attic storage area. Please clean now and as often as necessary to maintain in clean condition

Some clutter and unnecessary items found in attic storage top of stairs to the right side. Please sort through and get rid of any items not used in the operation and maintenance of facility

Handwash sink in women's restroom not draining properly. Please repair and maintain in good repair

Dumpster lid found in open position. Please close when not in use

Metal stem thermometer not calibrated properly. Please calibrate and monitor for accuracy

Area under exterior rear stairway in need of cleaning. Please clean now and as often as necessary to maintain in clean condition.

Mops found stored improperly. Please hang mops to dry between uses

Fennel seeds in open container front counter. Please provide covered container

Health Report - 10/26/2011 (2 critical incident(s))

(Critical) Some dented cans found stored in upstairs dry storage area. Please monitor cans for dents and discard as needed or set aside for return to supplier. Critical corrected: at time of inspection discarded some cans and set some aside for return to supplier. Provided pic with copy of dented can poster

(Critical) Some chemicals found stored improperly in rear kitchen. Critical corrected: at time of inspection relocated hand soap found stored with clean dishes and relocated bathroom cleaner on prep table to chemical storage area next to mop sink. Please locate soap dispenser above handwash sink away from clean dish storage area on drainboard adjacent to handwash sink. Install barrier such as plexi glass on left side of handwash sink to prevent potential contamination

Some food equipment stored in room used for sleeping quarters. Please relocate all clean dishes and utensils to room adjacent to living quarters. There should be a clear separation between living/sleeping quarters and food, clean equipment, single-service and clean linen storage.

These areas in need of cleaning: refrigeration door gaskets on prep unit, interior bottom prep unit, walk-in-cooler fan housing covers, underside of pop dispenser housing, floors under prep tables rear kitchen, especially floor/wall juncture and floor/wall juncture under 3-compartment sink area. Please clean now and as often as necessary to maintain in clean condition.

Refrigeration door gaskets split on 2 door prep unit. Please replace to provide good seal and so smooth and easily cleanable. Excess frost build-up in upright freezer. Please defrost and maintain

Health Report - 04/26/2011 (8 critical incident(s))

(Critical) Pic did not understand proper manual warewashing set-up; did not know what sanitizer was and which one they were using. Utensils and food-contact surfaces shall be sanitized before use after cleaning. Critical corrected: at time of inspection assisted pic in setting up 3-compartment sink with proper chlorine concentration in sanitizer compartment. Very little chlorine left in container; please purchase additional sanitizer and proper sanitizer test kit to monitor chlorine concentration

(Critical) Observed open cup in two locations; rear and front kitchen. Food employees shall drink from closed beverage containers to eliminate potential contamination. Critical corrected: at time of inspection removed open cups. Discussed with pic use of closed beverage containers, such as cup with lid and straw or sipper cup with handle

(Critical) None of the refrigerated, ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food items were date marked. Once prepared, opened or removed from the freezer these food items shall be clearly marked with the discard date (add 6 days). Critical corrected: at time of inspection those food items with known prepared or opened dates were clearly marked. The other food items with unkown dates discarded.

(Critical) Person in charge did not demonstrate good working knowledge of safe food operation. There is a lack of active managerial control in this facility. The owner/certified manager not present at time of this inspection; the pic today will need some additional training to understand the requirements of the food code. Not corrected. ,

(Critical) These food contact sufaces in need of cleaning: meat spears for tandoori chicken and several utensils in container on top of prep unit. Food-contact surfaces shall be clean to sight and touch. Not corrected. Pic set them aside for pre-soaking and cleaning. ,

(Critical) Some potentially hazardous food items sitting out on prep table at improper temperature. Potentially hazardous food shall be maintained at 41°F or below or 135°F or above. Critical corrected: at time of inspection discarded potentially hazardous sauces (yogurt sauce and garlic sauce made in-house) that were found at 60°F - 64°F. Sandwich prep unit is not functioning; pic is making sanwiches out of the walk-in-cooler; some food items left out on table

(Critical) Observed employee contact ready-to-eat food with their bare hands. Critical corrected: at time of inspection pic borrowed box of gloves from another restaurant. Discussed with pic when gloves or suitable utensil are needed. Extra gloves shall be stored in facility at all times

(Critical) Interior tandoori oven cracked in several places. This oven is no longer smooth and easily cleanable. Please remove oven; if you are planning on replacing oven please submit spec sheet to our office and plan on what this oven will be used for. Not corrected. Owner added this oven within the last year. ,

These areas in need of cleaning: interior microwave oven (top, bottom and sides), floors in several areas, especially under dishwash area and upstairs storage room, top of grease trap under 3-comp sink, shelving unit under food prep sink, crates used to store items under food prep sink, exterior tahini container on table under window, shelving units front counter area, underside of pop dispenser housing and ceiling fan cover women's restroom. Please clean now and as often as necessary to maintain in clean condition

No chlorine test kit available to monitor chlorine concentration in sanitizer compartment of manual warewashing operation and wet wiping cloth solution

Food employee observed without hair restraint. Corrected at time of inspection

Please hang mops to dry between uses. The mop sink is currently blocked by prep table. One mop hanging on outside banister; this is not allowed.

Clutter and unnecessary items found in various areas including front counter area shelving and upstairs storage rooms. Please sort through and get rid of any items not used in the operation and maintenance of facility

(1) light bulbs rear kitchen found without protective cover in dishwash area. (2) floor lamp in men's restroom; please repair light fixture in men's restroom and remove floor lamp

Handwash sink draining slowly in women's restroom. Please repair and maintain. 3-compartment sink leaking at faucet. Please repair and maintain in good repair

Please adjust window screen to eliminate any gaps on side, so tight-fitting

No soap available front counter handwash sink. Please provide soap at all times at all handwash sinks

Dumpster lid found open. Please keep closed when not in use. Note: share dumpster with the fleetwood diner; site visit after this inspection to discuss issue with fleetwood diner

Some food items found without cover. Please provide cover for all food items (including spices when not in use and fennel front counter by pop dispensing machine. )

True 2 door sandwich prep unit not functioning. Refrigeration shall be capable of maintaining food at 41°F or below at all times

Health Report - 11/03/2010 (3 critical incident(s))

(Critical) These food-contact surfaces in need of cleaning: meat spears for tandoori chicken, interior some food containers (oil & vinegar and salt), bread form for tandoori oven and some utensils in clean utensil storage container on cook line. Food-contact surfaces shall be clean to sight and touch. Not corrected. Dishes set aside for cleaning; discarded bread form

(Critical) These food-contact surfaces no longer smooth and easily cleanable: cracked wooden spoon and exterior bread form. Critical corrected: at time of inspection discarded wooden spoon and soiled, torn bread form. New bread form available in facility to replace old one

(Critical) Domestic insect spray found stored in facility. Poisonous or toxic materials shall be used according to manufacturer's use directions including labeling, and, for a pesticide, manufacturer's label instructions that state use is allowed in a food establishment. Critical corrected: at time of inspection removed domestic insect spray

Inadequate lighting in men's public/employee restroom. Please replace with adequate lighting

Dumpster area in need of cleaning. Please remove any items from behind dumpster and under staircase. Please continue to monitor for cleanliness

Some clutter and unnecessary items found stored front counter area and upstairs storage areas. Please continue to sort through and get rid of any items not used in the operation and maintenance of facility

Some light bulbs found without cover and another cover cracked. Please provide light shields or covers to properly protect light bulbs

Wooden spoons observed in rear kitchen. Please replace with food-grade utensils. Once the finish wears off on some wood the wood is then absorbant and no longer cleanable or the wooden spoons may crack making it difficult to clean them properly. Corrected at time of inspection by discarding wooden spoons

Front counter handwash sink not accessible for handwashing. Handwash sinks shall be accessible at all times for handwashing

No soap available at front counter handwash sink and men's public restroom. Please provide soap at all times at all handwash sinks. Soap dispenser in poor repair at rear kitchen handwash sink. Please repair so that soap dispenses easily

Observed leak at faucet at 3-compartment sink. Please repair and maintain in good repair

Please provide covered waste receptacle in women's restroom for proper disposal of sanitary items

These areas in need of cleaning: walk-in-cooler floors, interior mop sink, floors and piping under 3-compartment sink, floor/equipment juncutre, hood canopy in some areas (side above flat-top) , interior floor drains front counter and ceiling fan cover women's restroom. Please clean now and as often as necessary to maintain in clean condition.

Please provide covers for all food items when not in use, mainly spices on dry storage shelving unit and sauce on shelf above prep unit

These non-food contact surfaces in need of cleaning: interior hot holding wells on cook line, interior clean utensil container on cook line, exterior several food containers (mainly spices), exterior blenders and some shelving units in walk-in-cooler. Please clean now and place on routine cleaning schedule