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Nacogdoches' Ocean Buffet shut down because of health, fire code violations

Source: KTRE Staff Source: KTRE Staff
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NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

After a recent restaurant inspection, Nacogdoches’ Ocean Buffet restaurant, which is located at 3613 North Street, has been shut down because of numerous health and fire code violations.

According to the Nacogdoches Health Department’s inspection form for the restaurant, the business will not be allowed to reopen until it gets permission to do so from the city’s fire, building, health, and wastewater departments via a certificate of occupancy.

Thursday afternoon, there was a grease fire at the restaurant. Kevin Hammett, an inspector with the Nacogdoches Health Department, said as a result of the fire, the business no longer has hot water or electricity.

Ocean Buffet received 40 demerits, which is failing. Hammett said that a restaurant's management normally has 48 hours to make the necessary corrections. However, in this case, the owners of the restaurant have more issues, so it will take longer, he said.

The form lists a number of imminent hazard issues that need to be address immediately like the hot water not working at the restaurant’s hand wash sink, rodent pellets in the storage area, and numerous fire and electrical violations. Many of the violations were repeat violations as well.

Ocean Buffet's 40 demerits were for the following violations: improper hand washing, fly strips in the food prep area, foods not covered in cooler, foods not stored properly in coolers and freezer, hot water not working at hand sink, prep cooler door needed to be repaired, utensils in hand wash sink, screen doors needed to be weatherproofed, rodent pellets in storage area, gasoline cans and weed eater stored in establishment, test strips needed, grease bin needed to be steam-cleaned, slicers, grills, and other food contact surfaces not kept clean and sanitary, dumpster needed to be steam-cleaned, dumpster area not kept free of clutter, scattered trash needed to be picked up, extension cords in kitchen, electrical panels not meeting general requirements, numerous fire codes not being met, vent-a-hoods not kept clean, any damaged or missing ceiling tiles needed to be replaced, floor not smooth and easily cleanable, three-compartment sink not used properly, improper food preparation, and walls, floors, and areas behind equipment not kept clean and grease free.

Here are the rest of the Nacogdoches restaurant inspections for this week.

Kwik Stop at 1115 South University Drive: 10 demerits for one dented canned food product needed to be discarded, paper towels needed for bathroom, thermometers not provided for all coolers and freezers, food protection management and food handler certification not up to date.

Tango Mango at 3801 North Street, Suite 17: 10 demerits for canned and bagged foods stored on floor, hand wash sink not kept empty, thermometers not provided for all refrigerators and freezers, floor and wall areas of food prep area not smooth and easily cleanable, and food protection management and food handler certification not up to date.

Nacogdoches Sea Food at 3227 South Street: 10 demerits for boxes and buckets stored on cooler and freezer floors, hand wash sink not kept empty, equipment not kept wiped down, clean, and sanitary, dumpster lids not kept closed, and food handler certification not up to date.

Pepper Jack’s at 1504 North Street: 8 demerits for eggs not at proper cooling temperature, spray bottle not labeled correctly, and food protection management and food handler certification not up to date.

H and Z Texaco at 1626 North University Drive: 8 demerits for two food products needed to be discarded, date marking needed, dumpster lids not kept closed, trash around dumpsters needed to be picked up, and food protection management and food handler certification not up to date.

Olde Towne Deli and General Store at 205 East Main: 8 demerits for eggs not at correct temperature, pathway to hand wash sink impeded, area of floor not smooth and easily cleanable, and food protection management and food handler certification not up to date.

Wendy’s 1602 North Street; 7 demerits for buckets of food stored improperly in cooler, caps needed for spray bottles, latch on men’s bathroom door needed to be repaired, and food protection management and food handler certification not up to date.

Check Point No. 21 at 3104 North University Drive: 7 demerits for several food products needed to be discarded and thermometers not provided for freezer and cooler.

Barbecue House at 704 North Stallings Drive: 7 demerits for vents in kitchen area not kept clean, spill in freezer needed to be cleaned up, new test strips needed, and food protection management and food handler certification not up to date.

Pizza Hut Delivery at 3102 North University Drive: 6 demerits for thermometer not provided for prep cooler, scoop not stored properly, and food protection management and food handler certification not up to date.

Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital Cafeteria at 1204 North Mound: 4 demerits for two Greek yogurts needed to be discarded.

Smoothie King at 2417 North Street: 3 demerits for thermometers not provided for all coolers and freezers, and spillage in ice cream freezer needed to be cleaned up.

KFC Kentucky Fried Chicken at 3007 North Street: 3 demerits for sanitizer needed to be adjusted.

Starbuck’s No. 10,846 at 2021 North Street: 0 demerits.

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