Darcy Spears of KNTV reports Dirty Dining is back in Chinatown once again. This time at a restaurant just one demerit shy of shutdown.
It’s only been open three months and was almost forced to close its doors.
The name sounds like a massage parlor, but it’s actually a restaurant. Hot Feel on Spring Mountain welcomes customers with the wiggly legs of a giant craw fish, and a 40-demerit “C” grade, which worries the owner.
“Yup, your reputation is definitely at stake if you have a C grade posted,” Darcy Spears said, talking on the phone to the owner, who had a unique reason for not appearing on camera.
“Your lips are swollen like a sausage? Why? Stress?” asked Darcy. “Your lips are swollen like sausages because of stress from the health inspection.”
During that health inspection, an employee handled dirty dishes then prepared food and drinks with no hand washing.
Food was being stored in a freezer that was unplugged. Prepared food on skewers was sitting directly on top of a cardboard box. They had raw chicken and raw beef thawing together in standing water.
The owner said his employees weren’t up to speed on health district regulations and the inspection was a wake-up call.
Inspectors found frozen crab legs thawing at room temperature, uncovered food, a dirty ice machine and Diet Coke syrup that had expired back in April.
Hand sinks were blocked and being used for storage. Dirty, greasy water was being used to wash dishes.
There were children and other unauthorized people in the kitchen. Employee drinks and a baby bottle were on prep surfaces next to food.
Hood filters were excessively dirty and greasy and so was the floor behind appliances.
As for their “C” grade, someone had covered it up behind things on the bar. The owner said all will be well by the time they’re re-inspected and he has this message: Customers’ health is the most important thing and he’ll make sure that stays safe.