MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A Montgomery Mexican restaurant was forced to close temporarily after a routine inspection last week, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.
El Jalisco at 5471 Atlanta Highway received a score of 56 during the inspection on July 31. When a restaurant's score is less than 60, the restaurant's permit is immediately suspended, according to ADPH rules.
Multiple violations were listed on the inspection report. They included:
- Dented cans were improperly stored with nondented cans.
- Ground beef was at 61°F after being improperly cooled.
- Cut tomatoes and sour cream were between 47°F to 54°F in the make table cooler.
- The ice machine contained mold.
- A chemical cleaner bucket was reused to store salsa.
- The establishment did not have a food thermometer.
- Utensils were not properly cleaned and sanitized.
- Broken fryer baskets were being used.
- Gnats and flies were found throughout the kitchen.
According to ADPH, the restaurant was reinspected on Friday and met all of the requirements to reopen. The restaurant was given a score of 94 on the re-inspection.
A person who answered the phone at the restaurant Monday confirmed they were open.
A request for a comment from restaurant management wasn't immediately returned.