After failing twice, the East Hampton restaurant is facing the third health inspection, reports indicate


EAST HAMPTON – A local restaurant will be re-inspected this week after failing twice in the past month, officials said.

Robert’s Lakehouse at 81 N. Main St. was among three restaurants in the Chatham Health District that failed their health inspections in July, Chief Sanitarian Ryan McCammon said.

China Dragon and Robert’s Lakehouse and Hartford County 4-H Camp failed health inspections in July, reports show.

Two of the facilities passed their re-inspections, but Robert’s Lakehouse failed a second time, McCammon said. The owner had to attend a hearing on Monday to come up with a plan to resolve the issues and will be inspected for a third time on Thursday, McCammon said.

The district, a non-profit government organization, serves the cities of Colchester, East Hampton, East Haddam, Hebron, Marlborough, and Portland.

Robert’s Lakehouse failed its first inspection with 68 out of 100, the report shows. Four point deductions were scored because the cook was not washing his hands at the right time and the food was not at the correct internal temperature, with the inspector finding staff to be retrained in “glove use, hand washing, keeping warm and temperature” cooling procedures ” , according to test documents.

Points were also deducted from the lakehouse for improper storage of food and equipment, reports show.

A facility cannot pass its health inspection in two ways: either its total score is below 80, or it has one or more four-point violations, McCammon said.

“Our code is a bit old so some of these things are more infrastructure, but it’s usually things like temperature, hand washing, sick food workers, sanitation – those kinds of things, important issues that need to be addressed,” he said.

On a subsequent inspection on Aug. 12, the lakehouse received a score of 79, the records show.

The second inspection, which was carried out outside of operating hours, again found four-point violations, e.g. The restaurant also lost points for flies in the kitchen and on food contact surfaces, according to the report.

Owner Robert Reneson said he’s working with the health department to fix the issues. A hearing was scheduled for Monday and a follow-up examination for Thursday.

“We should do this and everything should be fine,” he said.

China Dragon scored a 71 on its first inspection, the report shows. Major problems included an inaccurate thermometer in his cooler and the cook not washing his hands at appropriate times, the report shows.

Other violations, according to the inspection report, included uncovered food stored in freezers, flies in the kitchen, and cockroaches stuck to the greasy side of a freezer.

The restaurant passed its follow-up with 89 out of 100, the report shows.

McCammon said a facility that failed re-inspection has a hearing between its owner, the worker who runs the kitchen, and health officials. During the hearing, both inspections will be reviewed, with officers looking for items that are most likely to cause disease. Then they discuss infrastructure issues.

“We have set a timeframe for when these points will be corrected,” said McCammon. “Suppose you have damaged floor tiles. Damaged floor tiles aren’t something that will make someone sick, but it’s still part of the health code. That can be something that takes several months to achieve. “

After the inspectors set a timetable for the issues to be resolved, McCammon said the facility could be closed if it doesn’t meet the deadlines.

“It’s pretty rare,” he said of this scenario. “We have hearings a few times a year – I’d say every other month or so we have a hearing. At that point, for the most part, they realize the importance of what needs to be done, ”said McCammon.

China Dragon, 42 E. High St .; and the 4-H Camp, 247 South Road, Marlborough; passed her follow-up checks.

The 4-H camp, which scored 80 out of 100, failed due to issues such as insufficient sinks to wash hands, improper refrigeration of food and an infrastructure problem that could result in pipeline repairs, the report showed. The camp passed its follow-up examination with a score of 98.

Representatives from China Dragon and the 4-H camp did not respond to requests for comment.

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