Montgomery Mexican restaurant temporarily shut down after health inspection

Montgomery Mexican restaurant temporarily shut down after health inspection

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.

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