Dirty Dining: El Triunfo on East Charleston

Daniel Gutierrez

Dirty Dining: El Triunfo on East Charleston

CREATED Feb. 15, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Pest control problems and issues with food storage lead to the closure of a valley restaurant. Contact 13's Tricia Keans looks at the violations in tonight's Dirty Dining report.

A roach was spotted right next to a can of Raid. It's just one of the violations that shut down El Triunfo Mexican restaurant on East Charleston near Lamb.

During a recent inspection by the Southern Nevada Health District, it was cited for having "live, multi-generational roaches," which basically means baby and adult sized roaches.

In all, El Triunfo was slapped with 56 demerits.

Anything more than 40 is an automatic closure. Among the other issues: numerous foods at the wrong temperatures like pork puree, cheese, raw chicken, maza, rice and beans. Food containers double stacked and other containers uncovered in the refrigerator.

In addition, some foods in the restaurant's freezer were covered in sever frost. A kitchen hand sink was blocked and an employee was seen washing her hands in another sink filled with dirty dishes. The health report goes on to say "staff must be trained on proper hand washing techniques." There was also no manager working at the time of the inspection.

The Health District says the restaurant was reinspected about a week after it was shut down. But it's still closed after failing to pass re-inspection. Contact 13 spoke with the owner Oscar Erazo. He didn't want to go on camera but issued a statement.

"Mistakes were made. And the Health District showed up at a busy time. But we have new pest control and we are making changes to make sure a manager is always at the restaurant to oversee things. We have been in the same location for 15 years and business has been good. We hope to be reinspected later this week," says Erazo.

The Southern Nevada Health District says El Triunfo is still closed after getting 28 demerits in the latest inspection. A closed restaurant must receive less than 10 demerits in order to reopen. The Health District says a new inspection has not been scheduled.

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