It’s not the Scarlet Letter, but anytime you spot a yellow sticker on a restaurant’s door or window, consider it a warning. The Columbus Public Health Department issues them whenever restaurants fail to correct repeat violations.
The latest recipient is Yin Yue Chinese Restaurant, 1236 East Hudson Street.
Over the past seven months, the restaurant’s had four inspections for a total of 12 critical violations.
Some of the recent repeat critical violations:
- Food improperly cooled.
- Food refrigerated more than 24 hours not properly date marked.
- And stored food not wrapped or covered.
The NBC 4 Up To Code Award is presented to restaurants with a string of inspections without critical violations. This week’s recipient is Taranto’s Pizza Barn, 601 Hill Road North, Pickerington.
Owner Dan Taranto has been cranking out the pies and subs for 26 years, when he turned the family’s barn into a pizzeria.
“These are my neighbors,” he told NBC 4 Investigator Tom Sussi. “These are my friends, and I’m not going to take any chances or take shortcuts. I care about them, and I’m going to make sure the place is safe, clean and good. And the food is quality.”