Two Dover eateries cited after health inspections

DOVER — One Kent County eatery has since reopened following a failed inspection last week, while another remains closed pending a permit application.

Charleys Philly Steaks in the Dover Mall was cited by the Delaware Division of Public Health for roach infestation — adults and juveniles — during a routine inspection on Feb. 12, a report said, and no pest management schedule or invoices were located.

Charleys reopened last Friday when a re-inspection determined all requirements had been met. A routine inspection in four months was scheduled.

An attempt to reach Charleys for comment Tuesday was unsuccessful.

The establishment at 1365 N. Dupont Highway was ordered closed due to an “imminent health hazard” according to the report and a closed sign by the Delaware Division of Health and Social Services was placed in front of the business.

Food was seen on the floor of the walk-in cooler and freezer, with requirements that all food must be at least six inches above the floor surface. Also, the facility had no Certified Food Manager on duty. The inspector was told that the “person in charge of facility on daily basis is out of the country and he is filling in on a temporary basis.”

Charleys was ordered to discard a “household pesticide used to control mice/bait bag.” Those items must be provided from a licensed pest management company, according to the report.

The inspector ordered Charleys to be cleaned and sanitized, swept and void of all roach carcasses and eggs, according to the report. A $50 reassessment fee was levied due to repeat violations, the DPH said.

The business will be considered “high risk” until no violations are found during two consecutive inspections. After that, a “medium risk” designation will be invoked.

• The Oriental Spanish Mart at 1150 S. Bay Road was shuttered indefinitely Feb. 14 until a Food Establishment Permit was obtained and observed violations rectified, according to a report.

On Tuesday, manager Jhong Kin said the mart had already applied for a permit and pledged that the store would focus on cleanliness moving forward.

“There are no problems here,” he said.

During a Feb. 14 inspection, a cat was seen at the front of the store by a register and being fed in the kitchen. Also, according to the DPH, shrimp near vegetables was being sold from the soda cooler. Food was being prepared in the back of the store without a permit, authorities said.

Also, some food was placed in clear plastic containers with price stickers only, according to the inspection.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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