Milwaukee restaurant allowed to stay open after cleaning up mouse problem
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CREATED May. 9, 2013 - UPDATED: May. 9, 2013
MILWAUKEE - A restaurant on the city's northwest side has been in business for 27 years, but inspectors found a mouse problem and threatened to shut them down.
Yen Ching Restaurant is on 76th and Good Hope. Manager Brian Wang agreed to talk to us, outside, and admitted, "The health inspector did find some mouse droppings back in our storage area."
The "Intent To Suspend" order reads: "There is an abundance of mouse droppings" in places like the dry storage area, bar cabinets and wait station. The inspector also spotted a dead mouse, and noted the restaurant was not taking steps to clean up after the mice. Wang said that's just not true.
"So we were not able to fully clean all the back storage areas," he said. "We have tons of supplies we just had to take all that stuff out. We weren't ignoring it."
Also on the list of violations are chopped broccoli and cauliflower put back into a dirty box and a dirty slicer not being cleaned often enough.
"You know she came at a time when we did have some leftover on the slicer," Wang said.
There were also dirty pans, lids and tubs in the restaurant. Yen Ching was ordered to wash it all and store it clean. They also found no expiration dates on prepared food. Wang claimed the food is used right away, but they will start labeling it. He added that they are taking the health inspection report "very seriously."
The health department said Yen Ching handled the mouse problem, and won't be shut down.
Another restaurant also having problems this week are Mike's Redhots on Teutonia, south of Good Hope. They were fined for things like food temperature issues and moldy cheese.
Getting the all clean is Caroline's of Elm Grove on Watertown Plank Road.