June 17, 2024

Seafood restaurant recovering from fire, low health score

SAINT ANTONIO – A seafood restaurant is trying to get back on its feet after a fire last month and a low score on its recent health inspection.

Store management told KSAT Investigates that they have made major improvements behind the kitchen door.

J Anthony’s Seafood Cafe

A grease fire destroyed J Anthony’s Seafood Cafe in the 7200 block of NW Loop 410 last month. The kitchen area sustained significant damage, forcing them to close for repairs.

The fire happened weeks after the business received a 76 on its health inspection in May.

The business was cited for not following proper cooling procedures, including food in a walk-in cooler that had a temperature of 170 degrees. Raw fish and octopus were also above the recommended 41 degrees, again a breach.

There was mold-like growth on the soda fountain ice dispenser and nozzles.

No one washed their hands during the inspection. One worker changed gloves but did not wash hands.

KSAT Investigates reporter Tim Gerber stopped by this week to see how they’re doing after the fire and to see the fixes they’ve made.

Johnny Cruz showed some improvements made during their temporary closure.

“We’ve already put up the new ceiling tiles, the new lighting. Basic cleaning, like up there,” Cruz said. “The inspector checked everything, all the temperatures. Everything was good.”

Cruz hopes to improve on their next inspection, which he is looking forward to.

“It’s a good thing,” Cruz said. “It keeps us on our toes.”

Nando’s Taco

Taco Nando’s, located in the 2800 block of Nogalitos, received a 72 on their inspection in May.

The business was cited for leaving the chorizo ​​sitting at room temperature for too long and pork chops stored in a cooler being too hot.

Food containers, racks and shelves needed to be thoroughly cleaned to remove the large amount of grease.

A worker dropped gloves, picked them up, then handled cooked tortillas with bare hands. The inspector was also told that the workers were not wearing gloves.

There was a small roach in the sink, and some areas needed to be cleaned.

A re-inspection was ordered.

The owner said this week that he has made the necessary corrections.

Dimassi Mediterranean Buffet

Dimassi Mediterranean Buffet in the 100 block of SW Loop 410 joins 78.

The buffet cold bite was too hot, while the pizza buffet was not hot enough.

There was black mold-like buildup in the soda machine ice dispenser and soda fountain.

Some sinks were unable to produce hot water.

The kitchen area needed a thorough cleaning.

They were re-inspected.

Eva Cafe Food Service

Eva’s Cafe Food Service located in the 200 block of West Mitchell 80.

A bag of vegetables had to be thrown away because of mould.

Buckets of diced potatoes were found sitting on the floor.

There was a rust-like residue on the inside of the ice machine, and an employee was making tacos with bare hands.

A re-inspection was ordered.

Score Guide

100-90 = A (Very Good to Acceptable)

89-80 = B (Marginally Acceptable)

79 or lower = C (Marginal to Poor)

*Metro Health indicates that scores of 69 or lower are failing scores

Other scores from this week of inspections

Aldaco Mexican cuisine, 100

20079 Stone Oak Pkwy


VIA 313 Pizzeria, 100

7010 W 1604 N


Smoke Blow, 100

9800 Airport Blvd


Chopstix Coffee, 100

19903 Stone Oak Pkwy


Treasury of Los Barrios, 100

18747 Redland Rd


Lao Thai Street Food, 99

6531 FM 78


Rooster Crow Baking Co, 98

4421 De Zavala Road


sonic, 97

9703 Poteet Jourdanton Highway


Taqueria Guadalajara #3, 96

2603 Goliad Road


Taqueria Guadalajara #1, 95

2702 Roosevelt Ave


Rosas Tacos To Go, 94

1721 Nogalitos St


Willie’s Grill and Ice House, 93

4051 N FM 1604 W


Alamo Beer Company Brewery, 92

415 Burnet St


Birra Neighborhood, 91

2710 S Presa St


Reese Bros BBQ, 90

906 Hofgen Ave

Want to know who has good scores and who doesn’t? KSAT 12 has a new tool for that.

Just click on this link, and it will take you to a new mapping tool that shows the recent scores for San Antonio food businesses.

The reports go back six months and are updated frequently.

You can catch Tim BKD’s reports Thursday on the Nightbeat.


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