Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Orly's/The Big Easy: 'Evidence of Rodents on Site'


-posted by chicago pop

Despite what was breezily reported in the Herald today ("Fridge Fritz Foils Big Easy," Lindsay Welbers, September 5, 2012), the recent shut-down of the culinary dark-star which, however many aliases it may assume in order to distance itself from its past, will always be known as Orly's, it appears that the restaurant's recent shutdown by the Chicago Department of Public Health was much more than a refrigerator problem.

Highlights of the recent report (dated August 27, 2012), written in mouth-watering detail and sure to annotate the next version of the menu, include but are not limited to: mice droppings in container of corn meal; sewage and waste-water backup on floor; a cooler with internal temperature of 95F; waste-water overflowing from drain; foul odor in women's toilet (and other places); evidence of rodents on site; mice droppings behind the bar, storage rooms, and dining area; my own personal favorite here - 'rodent rub marks'; extreme grease and food debris buildup; dirty surfaces; dust, debris, and spiderwebs (!); and broken tiles

But I guess that's all been fixed now.

Read for yourself below, or here:

August 27, 2012
Doing business as
Orly's/Jalapeno
License number
1978
Facility type
Restaurant
Risk
Risk 1 (High)
Inspection type
Complaint Re-Inspection
Results
Fail
Violations
2. FACILITIES TO MAINTAIN PROPER TEMPERATURE
Comments:REACH IN COOLER IN POOR REPAIR, INTERNAL TEMPERATURE 50F. INSTD TO MAINTAIN PROPER TEMPERATURE OF 40F OR BELOW AT ALL TIMES. ALL COOLERS ON PREMISES MUST BE ABLE TO MAINTAIN PROPER TEMPERATURES OF 40F OR BELOW AT ALL TIMES OR REMOVE COOLERS IN POOR REPAIR.
10. SEWAGE AND WASTE WATER DISPOSAL, NO BACK SIPHONAGE, CROSS CONNECTION AND/OR BACK FLOW
Comments:SEWAGE/WASTE WATER BACK-UP AND ACCUMULATING ON FLOOR FROM FLOOR DRAIN WHEN 3-COMPARTMENT SINK PLUMBING TURNED ON. ALSO WALK-IN COOLER DRAIN CLOGGED, WASTE WATER OVERFLOWING FROM DRAIN AND ONTO FLOOR. INSTD TO REPAIR SAME. FOUL ODOR NOTED IN SAME AREA.
11. ADEQUATE NUMBER, CONVENIENT, ACCESSIBLE, DESIGNED, AND MAINTAINED
Comments:WOMENS TOILETS IN POOR REPAIR, ONE WITH NO WATER, OTHER UNABLE TO FLUSH. FOUL ODOR NOTED IN SAME AREA. INSTD TO REPAIR SAME.
14. PREVIOUS SERIOUS VIOLATION CORRECTED, 7-42-090
Comments:CONTINUED NON COMPLIANCE, EVIDENCE OF RODENTS ON SITE. NOTED MICE DROPPINGS (OVER 30) SCATTERED IN VARIOUS AREAS BEHIND BAR,IN DRY STORAGE ROOM,(MICE DROPPINGS NOTED IN CONTAINER OF CORN MEAL), IN CORNERS IN DINING AREA,UNDER SHELVES AND ALONG SIDE COOLERS/FREEZERS IN OFFICE/STORAGE AREA, ALSO NOTED RODENT RUB MARKS ALONG WALLBASE NEXT TO DROPPINGS IN DINING AREA. STORAGE AREA BY EXIT DOOR. MUST REMOVE DROPPINGS, CLEAN AND SANITIZE AFFECTED AREAS. INSTD TO HAVE ADDITIONAL SERVICE FROM PEST CONTROL. NOTED REAR DOOR NOT RODENT PROOF AT THIS TIME, APPROX. 1/2 INCH GAP NOTED AT BOTTOM OF DOOR. INSTD TO RODENT PROOF DOOR AND HAVE TIGHT FITTING.
33. FOOD AND NON-FOOD CONTACT EQUIPMENT UTENSILS CLEAN, FREE OF ABRASIVE DETERGENTS
Comments:MUST DETAIL CLEAN INTERIOR OF ALL COOKING EQUIPMENT AND PREP TABLES. MUST REMOVE ALL EXTREME GREASE AND FOOD DEBRIS BUILD UP THROUGHOUT. MUST ALSO CLEAN SODA GUNS BEHIND BAR AREA AND INTERIOR OF ALL COOLERS. ALSO DETAIL CLEAN WINDOW SILLS AND ALL DIRTY SURFACES THROUGHOUT. CLEAN THE INTERIOR OF THE ICE MACHINE. INSTD TO CLEAN ALL FOOD AND NON-FOOD CONTACT EQUIPMENT FREE OF DUST, DEBRIS, SPIDERWEBS, DROPPINGS, TOOLS, SCREWS, ETC.
34. FLOORS: CONSTRUCTED PER CODE, CLEANED, GOOD REPAIR, COVERING INSTALLED, DUST-LESS CLEANING METHODS USED
Comments:MUST DETAIL CLEAN FLOORS UNDER COOK LINE,BEHIND BAR, IN DISH WASHING AREAS AND IN ALL STORAGE AREAS. MUST PROPERLY REPAIR BROKEN FLOOR TILES IN BAR AREA AND IN PREP AREA. FLOOR MUST BE SMOOTH, EVEN, EASILY CLEANABLE SURFACE.
35. WALLS, CEILINGS, ATTACHED EQUIPMENT CONSTRUCTED PER CODE: GOOD REPAIR, SURFACES CLEAN AND DUST-LESS CLEANING METHODS
Comments:MUST CLEAN WALLS NEXT TO FRYERS, DISH MACHINE, STOVE, & THROUGHOUT. MAKING ALL WALLS AND CEILING SMOOTH-EASY CLEANABLE AND TIGHT FITTING.
38. VENTILATION: ROOMS AND EQUIPMENT VENTED AS REQUIRED: PLUMBING: INSTALLED AND MAINTAINED
Comments:MUST REPAIR LEAKY FAUCET AND PIPES AT 2 COMPARTMENT SINK
41. PREMISES MAINTAINED FREE OF LITTER, UNNECESSARY ARTICLES, CLEANING EQUIPMENT PROPERLY STORED
Comments:MUST PROPERLY CLEAN AND MAINTAIN UNUSED EQUIPMENT OR REMOVE

8 comments:

Greg said...

Disgusting. Not surprising though, as we had problems with mice when I lived upstairs. The old woman who lived across the hall from me (and was a hoarder along the lines of that horrifying TV show) used to complain about mice all the time and when I was in the process of packing to move, I found a dead mouse behind my guitar amp that I'm assuming one of my cats had caught and killed.

The apartment building is managed by TLC. I don't know if they also handle the retail units downstairs, which consist of Orly's and the quickie mart. I also don't know who actually owns the property. It would be nice to find out who does and petition them to revoke Shopiro's lease and get someone else in there. He has one of the best locations in the whole neighborhood for a restaurant and/or bar, it's a shame that it has been flip flopped and mismanaged for ages.

Greg said...

Did anyone else notice on Everyblock that they've been inspected no fewer than 8 TIMES since February and have failed EVERY SINGLE INSPECTION? They were inspected 5 times in June alone.

August 27, 2012 (Fail)
July 6, 2012 (Fail)
June 29, 2012 (Fail)
June 27, 2012 (Fail)
June 22, 2012 (Fail)
June 20, 2012 (Fail)
June 8, 2012 (Fail)
February 27, 2012 (Fail)

What does it take to boot this guy???

Chason said...

Greg - I would venture to guess TLC does manage the commercial aspects, based solely on the on the TLC vacancy signs I have seen on Madison Park for their corner commercial space.

Also HOLY HELL why hasn't the city revoked his license or something yet? Seriously?

Though, really, I shouldn't be as surprised as I am by any of this.

chicago pop said...

ALSO NOTED RODENT RUB MARKS ALONG WALLBASE NEXT TO DROPPINGS IN DINING AREA.

chicago pop said...

The above is pure poetry.

chicago pop said...

OBSERVED 10-15 MICE DROPPINGS INSIDE CABINET UNDER BAR, 10-15 MICE DROPPINGS UNDER BAR COMP SINK, 10-15 MICE DROPPINGS ALONG EAST WALL BEHIND CHEST FREEZER AND ALONG SOUTH WALL NEAR BEER TAP, 10-15 MICE DROPPINGS SCATTERED ON TOP OF SEASONINGS, CANNED GOODS AND BULK CONTAINERS IN DRY STORAGE AREA, 10-15 MICE DROPPINGS INSIDE FRYER CABINET, 10-15 MICE DROPPINGS ON FLOOR IN ELECTRICAL CLOSET, 10-15 MICE DROPPINGS ON FLOOR ALONG ICE MACHINE, 10-15 MICE DROPPINGS BEHIND EQUIPMENT IN PAPER GOOD STORAGE AREA. 15-20 MICE DROPPINGS INSIDE GLASS BOWLS AND FOIL PANS, ON PAPER, ETC IN OFFICE. INSTRUCTED MANAGER TO CALL AN EXTERMINATOR FOR SERVICE, CLEAN AND SANITIZE ALL AREAS. SERIOUS VIOLATION 7-38-020 CITATION ISSUED.

February 27, 2012

Greg said...

I noticed the Herald had no Letters to the Editor this week, and so their LTE policy wasn't there. I e-mailed them to ask for their deadline and policy because I'd like to give them an opportunity to rectify their story which was either grossly inept or a blatant cover up. A longstanding restaurant with this level of health code violations needs to be reported accurately and the story blaming the whole thing on a broken cooler is suspicious. If the Herald knew about these inspection failures and apparently massive rodent infestation and did not report it they ought to be ashamed of themselves.

Matt said...

News good enough to get Orly's "rodent rub marks" out of my head:

http://www.redeyechicago.com/entertainment/restaurants-bars/redeye-the-promontory-coming-to-hyde-park-20120911,0,7470293.story

I love the name. Maybe the new headquarters for the Hyde Park-weary "Fix the Point" campaign?