Dirty Dining: Ohjah Japanese Steakhouse
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Four is the magic number this week. That's how many restaurants made the Dirty Dining list.
We begin at a place where the surroundings are serene and the food looks great on the plate.
But not all was well in the kitchen at Ohjah Japanese Steakhouse during their October 29 inspection.
The restaurant on Decatur and Blue Diamond got a 39-demerit "C" grade.
Darcy Spears/Contact 13: Two more demerits and they would have closed you guys down. Was that kind of scary?
Peter Liu/Manager: Yeah, yeah, yeah, that really scare me.
Health inspectors saw no hand-washing going on at all.
Not one, single employee, including one cutting cucumber for salad with his bare hands.
Manager Peter Liu says they were nervous because inspectors were waiting at the door when they showed up to work.
Darcy: They should relax and just do their job, right?
Peter: Yes, just do regular whatever you have to do.
Inspectors found food stored open, uncovered and haphazardly thrown in the fridge.
Some meat was in torn, plastic grocery bags.
And there was an open bag of carrots on the floor.
An employee's cough syrup was stored in the food prep area.
There were ants on a kitchen wall.
And flypaper dangling over sauces.
Peter: The flypaper--that was the chef. Chef when they preparation on that, they do by themself. They didn't let me know.
As soon as he saw it, he took it down.
Inspectors also found dirty knives stored as clean.
And when Peter took us into the kitchen, we found a violation.
Darcy: There's chicken on the floor over there.
He springs into action to get it picked up.
Ohjah wasn't shut down, but three other restaurants were after inspectors found imminent health hazards.
Johnny Rockets inside Aliante Station in North Las Vegas didn't have hot water.
Inspectors also found something in the fridge that expired last April.
And, they were pooling customers' unused ketchup and re-serving it.
McDonald's on Tropicana and Ft. Apache didn't have adequate hand-washing facilities.
And Vista Grille on Del Webb Boulevard, which is run by the Sun City Summerlin Community Association, had sewage backing up from the floor sink and flooding part of the kitchen.
Ohjah was re-inspected and has their A grade back.
According to the Health District's website, Vista Grille and Johnny Rockets have both re-opened with A grades, and the McDonald's is still closed.