Dirty Dining: S & K Food Mart II
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Dirty Dining comes in all shapes and sizes, from high end restaurants on the Strip, to mom and pop eateries, even to convenience stores. That last one is where we find Contact 13 Chief Investigator Darcy Spears for this week's edition of Dirty Dining.
You might think it's an unlikely spot. But if it sells food, it's subject to inspection.
S & K Food Mart II on South Las Vegas Boulevard between Pebble and Serene got a 35-demerit "C" grade from the Health District, and a visit from Contact 13.
Store Owner Sarkis Nersessian tries to downplay the downgrade at first.
"They came in, they said one of my employees didn't have a health card and that's why they dropped it down."
Actually, the health card -- which expired in 2009 -- was just one line out of four pages of violations. Starting with bad sour cream that was almost two weeks old.
"Well, I don't know how old it was. I didn't check it," Nersessian said.
Turns out using the hand sink to store light bulbs isn't a bright idea as far as health inspectors are concerned.
Darcy Spears: It's hard for employees to wash their hands if you've got a sink full of light bulbs.
Sarkis Nersessian: We're under construction so that part of the store is not open yet.
The sausage sandwiches at S & K may be a risky breakfast choice. Inspectors found several problems with how they were being thawed and reheated.
Nersessian blames that on the manufacturer and walks away.
"I have a few more questions for you," Spears called after him.
"I don't care," he called back from across the store.
But a few second later, he decides he does care and brings us back to see the construction area.
"It used to be pizza. We took out everything. We put burgers now."
And as for those sausage sandwiches, he says, "I told the guy I don't want to carry your product anymore because I don't want to have the issue with the Health Department."
Health inspectors also took issue with laundry detergent being stored with the Slurpee mix, dirty refrigerator racks and brown slime touching the ice inside the ice machine.
"It was a couple brown spots. It's supposed to happen. We clean it once every month."
Judging by the size of the icicles shooting up from the floor of a freezer leak created by an old leak, it's hard to tell when it was last cleaned. And inspectors weren't happy about it.
"They're doing their job, you know?" Nersessian says. "And we're trying to keep up with everything. There's a million things and we're under construction."
Nersessian says he just bought the place and is making lots of changes.
"And uh, Dirty Dining is really gonna affect me, he adds. "Should I close the doors now?"
We assure him he shouldn't so he decides to make it a business opportunity instead.
"Don't forget to let them know that we have the cheapest gas in town year-round."
At less than three bucks a gallon... He just might be right.
S & K Food Mart is scheduled for re-inspection on Thursday, Jan. 3.