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Dirty Dining: Kapit Bahay and McDonald's

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Dirty Dining: Kapit Bahay and McDonald's

By Darcy Spears. CREATED Oct 9, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- It's another case of Dirty Dining deja vu with a repeat offender on the Las Vegas Strip.

We're adding a new feature to our Dirty Dining reports. We'll continue reporting on the restaurant with the highest demerits.

But now, we'll be including restaurants closed by the Health District due to an imminent health hazard.

That could range from no hot water, to pest infestation to a suspected food-borne illness outbreak.

Kapit Bahay means "my neighbor."

It's in the Hawaiian Marketplace on the Las Vegas Strip near Harmon.

At its Sept. 25 inspection, it narrowly escaped shutdown with a 39-demerit "C" grade.

We first featured Kapit Bahay a little over a year ago, in Aug. 2012.

This week, we visited again.

Person in charge: Hey, what's going on?
Hi, I'm Darcy Spears from channel 13.
  Yeah, I know. I know.
Darcy: You know who I am?
  But the owner's not here.
Darcy: Ok, who's in charge?
  I don't know.
Darcy: You don't know who's in charge?

No one wanted to answer questions about what health inspectors found, like raw ground beef in the fridge that was two weeks past its expiration date, ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous foods that were more than a week old, and some prepared food in the fridge that had no date labels at all.

Darcy: We need to ask you guys about all these health code violations. Two-week-old ground beef?

Inspectors also wrote up an employee for washing hands, but then wiping them on a dirty apron and on his face.

Pork, fish, chicken and beef both in the front buffet area and the back prep area were at unsafe temperatures.

They were using outdoor wasp and hornet pesticide inside the restaurant when the label specifically says "never use indoors."

And there's a special note on the health inspection saying despite multiple previous supervisory conferences with the Health District, the "facility has failed to successfully pass routine inspection."

Darcy: We have questions. You have no answers?

Now, they're being called back for a third supervisory conference, with the threat of more fees and possible closure.

They kept talking to us through the kitchen curtain.

Darcy: Do you want to say that on camera?  That you're working on fixing? No? Ok. Can I leave you my card?

Owner's sister: Sorry, sorry, go home now!

The owner arrived while we were still there and didn't want to go on camera either.

He says he just can't win with the Health District.

Turning now to the McDonald's inside Walmart on South Rainbow between Spring Mountain and Twain.

They were ordered to cease and desist after health inspectors found them open and operating without running water, a hazard McDonald's failed to report to the Health District.

After fixing the water line, McDonald's was reinspected and allowed to re-open the next day with a zero-demerit A grade. 

Kapit Bahay still has a C and has not scheduled re-inspection.

Darcy Spears

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Darcy Spears is currently the Chief Investigative Reporter for Action News.