Dirty Dining: Vintner Grill Strip inside Fashion Show
Vinter Grill is the focus of this week's Dirty Dining reportPhoto: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A high-end banquet facility on the Las Vegas Strip is shut down by health inspectors.
Its high number of demerits earned it the top spot on Dirty Dining.
But as Chief Investigator Darcy Spears explains, the facility disputes much of what health inspectors found.
The Vintner Grill -- or VG Strip -- at Neiman Marcus inside the Fashion Show mall is the latest place to pony up $716 to the Southern Nevada Health District.
The fee is for re-inspection after the restaurant was shut down with 45 demerits.
Inspectors say the number of demerits was due to the risk factors for food-borne illness.
VG Strip isn't a regular restaurant. It's a banquet facility only available for private events and special occasions, like wedding receptions.
It's not used every day, but that didn't stop inspectors from finding an imminent health hazard -- water overflowing, backing up the floor sink and pooling on the floor.
Though no one from VG Strip would go on camera, they sent a written statement saying the backed up floor drain was "due to an issue with the building and beyond their immediate control."
Inspectors also found expired beef. And not just a few days expired. It was twenty days old! And it went into the garbage, along with caramelized shallots, raw chicken, potatoes, cut tomatoes, cut lettuce and hummus that were all at unsafe temperatures.
But here's where things get dicey.
VG Strip says the issue with the beef was labeling. And that the label should have said 5-22 (the day of the inspection) instead of 5-2.
They take responsibility for it and apologize, but say, "If it was that old, it would not have been suitable in any way and would have smelled beyond belief. The meat was cooked that day. The inspector would not listen to reason."
As for all the food they volunteered to throw away after inspectors found it at unsafe temperatures, VG Strip disputes that too. They write, "Even though the thermometer photos may show differently, they were all within safe limits."
Inspectors also wrote them up for operating a bar without a hand sink, bare hand contact with food, and employees not washing their hands.
Their full, written statement reads: VG Strip is pleased to report that it has returned to an A grade from the SNHD as of May 28, 2013 with a perfect score. Management apologizes for the confusion and concern this matter may have caused our guests and the public at large. The health and safety of the public and our employees is extremely important to us. While some of the issues raised were beyond our control and we took exception to some others, we nonetheless take full responsibility and have corrected the matters.