Dirty Dining: Shawarma Vegas
Shawarma Vegas is the latest restaurant to be featured in Dirty Dining.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Dirty Dining heads west toward The Lakes to a Mediterranean restaurant. It was served up a C grade by health inspectors and Contact 13's Darcy Spears went to find out why.
Labels mean a lot to the Health District. Inspectors rely on them to figure out what's in food containers when it was made and whether it's still good. But they found no labels of any kind on any of the prepared food in the fridge at Shawarma Vegas.
That contributed to the 28 demerit C grade for this small, Mediterranean restaurant on the southwest corner of Fort Apache and Sahara.
When Contact 13 paid a visit, a woman helped translate for another person in charge.
"It's gonna get cleaned up, which it's already clean. And for sure they're gonna get their A back," said the woman.
At Shawarma Vegas inspectors wrote up something that seems to come up every week in Dirty Dining, improper handwashing. There was also no soap at the hand sink, which was dirty with food debris.
The floors and walls were dirty and food wasn't protected from contamination during storage. There was uncovered pita bread laying around on shelves.
During inspection, utensils including a paint brush were sitting in tepid water. Kitchenware wasn't being properly sanitized. They were wiping down food contact surfaces with visibly dirty cloths and not nearly enough sanitizer. Cooked food was being stored on the kitchen floor. She said she wasn't there on inspection day.
"We just had a big lunch here and everybody I think, [is] having a great time. It feels delicious, it tastes delicious and it tastes so clean," said the woman.
After talking with us they called the owner and handed the phone over. She tries to downplay the inspection saying all the Health District found was a few minor things like a broken light and cracked floor tile.
"Well, I have the entire health report so I know exactly what she wrote up," explained Darcy.
She then tries to say we can't report what's in the health inspection.
"The health report is a public record. So we always try to give every restaurant the chance to participate in the story and explain their side of things," said Darcy.
She says she has no further comment or explanation. Health inspectors revisted Shawarma Vegas Wednesday and gave them a 0 demerit A grade.