Award-winning restaurant has failed 5 of their last 7 health inspections
An eclectic spot in Walker's Point is known for its soup, but well known by the health department for its violations.Photo: Video by tmj4.com
CREATED Jun. 13, 2013 - UPDATED: Jun. 13, 2013
MILWAUKEE - An eclectic spot in Walker's Point is known for its soup, but well known by the health department for its violations.
Soup Brothers is on Florida Street just off 2nd, and is a small place with only a few tables, but a lot of trinkets. A recent visit by health inspectors turned up some problems, like soup being served to customers not being kept warm enough. Owner Richard Regner said they're now using thermometers to check temperatures.
Also, none of the stored soup or sandwich meat had expiration dates, and ice wands used to chill soup were stored on cardboard that was a lid for a case of raw chicken. Regner says they took care of that violation the same day.
Chicken, ham, sausage and broccoli out at room temperature was added to customers' soup. That's allowed but only for four hours, and then it has to be thrown out. Regner points out that "we're only open for four hours and that was fine."
Soup Brothers was also ordered to do some "detailed cleaning," because inspectors found mouse droppings along a wall. Regner said that's in the basement and is the landlord's responsibility.
According to Soup Brother's inspection history, five of its last seven reports had violations.
Another spot having problems is JJ Fish and Chicken on Brown Deer near 91st. They had three pages of violations.
But it was an "all clean" this week for Finch's Corned Beef on the corner of Old World Third and State.