Montgomery restaurant reopens with new health score

ADPH said Carlito’s Mexican Grill  on Minnie Brown Road has reopened with a health score of 85.
ADPH said Carlito’s Mexican Grill on Minnie Brown Road has reopened with a health score of 85.((Source: WSFA 12 News))
Published: Jun. 29, 2021 at 10:45 AM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - A Montgomery restaurant that was closed due to a low health inspection score has reopened.

The Alabama Department of Public Health recently closed Carlito’s Mexican Grill on Minnie Brown Road after an inspection found multiple critical violations, resulting in a 49 on its health score.

ADPH said Carlito’s was closed after a June 22 inspection.

The health department later confirmed that Carlito’s reopened Tuesday with a score of 85.

Among the issues ADPH found that prompted the June 22 low score were:

  • An employee was handling cooked food with their bare hands.
  • There was no employee with a manager’s food safety certification at the establishment during the inspection.
  • An employee was handling food without the proper hair restraints.
  • Open employee drinks were improperly stored in the food preparation area.
  • Cut lettuce, sour cream, shredded cheese, and pico de gallo were between 47° to 54°F in the make-table cooler.
  • Cooked beans were not properly dated in the walk-in cooler.
  • Several pans of food in the walk-in cooler were not covered.
  • A serving spoon handle was improperly stored in cooked rice.
  • The ice machine contained mold.
  • Dirty dishes were stored with clean.
  • The establishment was reusing containers that could not be properly cleaned and sanitized.
  • The reach-in cooler, walk-in cooler, and walk-in freezer gaskets needed to be cleaned.
  • The exterior of the salsa buckets needed to be cleaned.
  • Wiping cloths were not stored in sanitizer buckets between use.
  • Clean utensils were not properly stored with the handles up.
  • Several floor drains were backing up into the kitchen and employee restroom.
  • The dumpster was leaking.
  • The dumpster was open and the area needed to be cleaned.
  • The bar handsink was blocked.
  • Several handsinks did not have soap and paper towels.
  • There were flies in the kitchen and the dumpster area.
  • The ceiling and floor tiles needed to be cleaned and replaced throughout.
  • The back door needed a self closure.
  • The hood needed to be cleaned.

A spokesperson for the health department confirmed the food establishment has since corrected all the critical violations.

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