Restaurant Report Card: Rat droppings, ants & cockroaches

Published On: Jan 09 2014 06:27:22 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 09 2014 06:38:39 PM CST

January 9, 2014: In this week's Restaurant Report Card, a place where people go to get well, ended up with violations for something that could make you sick. Amy Davis reports.

HOUSTON -

In this week's Restaurant Report Card, a place where people go to get well, ended up with violations for something that could make you sick.

At The Woman's Hospital of Texas on Fannin in the Texas Medical Center, patients would never have seen what an inspector witnessed first-hand. The inspector wrote that an employee was using a towel to wipe up spilled soup on the floor and then used the same towel to wipe down a food preparation table.

Inspectors noted rat problems at two Family Dollar locations. At the store in the 4400 block of Griggs, inspectors say there were rat droppings on food display shelves.    

At the Family Dollar in the 11000 block of Homestead, inspectors closed the place and condemned 12 pounds of chips, candy and cookies on store shelves they say had been gnawed on or contaminated by rodent feces or urine.

And when Consumer Expert Amy Davis stopped by to talk to the store's manager, she found the store closed and rat traps surrounding the building.

There were also rat droppings on office shelves inside the Popeye's Chicken in the 7100 block of Scott Street.

At the popular Buffalo Grille in the 4000 block of Bissonnet, inspectors say owners aren't doing enough to get rid of the cockroaches.

And inspectors say there were crazy ants in the coffee prep area in the drive-thru of the Starbucks in the 2500 block of Green Oak Drive in Kingwood.

But, there were absolutely no violations when inspectors stopped by the Cici's Pizza in the 11000 block of Wilcrest and the Sonic at 85 East Crosstimbers. Both restaurants get an A+ for spotless inspections on the health department's most recent visit.

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