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City closes Chinatown Centre food court

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by The Truth, Jun 30, 2004.

  1. The Truth

    The Truth TRIBE Member

    City closes Spadina food court
    Rodent, roach infestations found

    Long history of inspection trouble


    An entire food court in Toronto's Chinatown district was shut down yesterday after health officials discovered an infestation of rats and cockroaches.

    In an unprecedented move, Toronto Public Health slapped red "Closed" signs on six restaurants in the downtown food court of the Chinatown Centre at 222 Spadina Ave., near Dundas St. W.

    Inspectors cited the Chinese-food eateries for a range of violations, including sanitation problems, rodent droppings, rat and cockroach infestations and food safety issues, said Jim Chan, a food safety manager with Toronto Public Health.

    "This is the first time we've closed a whole food court," Chan said. "The places have been warned before, and some of the establishments have been charged before. Today, the inspectors found the sanitation was way too bad."

    The restaurants are Dragonball Deli, Dragon Pearl Restaurant, Golden Bull, Cantonese Seafood Stir Fry, Chu Kwong Restaurant and Jan Bao Delight.

    Inspectors destroyed about 500 pounds of food deemed a health hazard due to improper temperatures, cross-contamination and unsanitary conditions, he said.

    Among the other problems discovered behind kitchen doors were "heavy mouse infestations," "mouse droppings in kitchens," "live cockroaches in kitchens" and a "rat infestation in the garbage room," including one live rat spotted by an inspector during the inspection, Chan said.

    The food court will not reopen until all infractions are corrected, he said.

    With all entrances to the popular Chinatown lunch spot locked tight yesterday afternoon, operators of most of the restaurants had left for the day and could not be reached for comment.

    But there was a steady stream of regular patrons trying to get in.

    "I come two or three times a week," said one woman, tugging at a locked door to the food court.

    "It's cheap — $2.99 for five items. But there are some problems. Sometimes the food is not cooked and it's not very clean."

    Told of the reasons for the closure, she cringed.

    Another food court regular peeking inside the locked glass doors at the darkened food court yesterday said he wasn't surprised.

    "It's not so clean. It's cheap, but it's cheap for a reason."

    The building manager at 222 Spadina Ave. (at Sullivan St.) will also be facing sanitation and garbage charges, said Chan.

    Requests for an interview with building officials were not returned yesterday.

    Toronto Public Health inspection records show that all of the six food outlets have received at least one yellow "conditional pass" rating in the past year, indicating that a food safety problem was present and needed immediate correction.

    "Inspectors have some ongoing problems with sanitation and food safety issues, including pest control issues," Chan said. "Because they were given warnings, conditional passes and charges, the only alternative now is closure."

    Four of the eateries in particular have inspection records showing repeated problems that triggered numerous re-visits by inspectors, a string of "conditional pass" notices and some formal charges.

    Dragon Pearl Restaurant, for example, has had six "conditional pass" notices since August, 2002.

    The restaurant was convicted and fined $300 in 2002 for failing to "protect food from contamination" and health inspectors have issued seven court summons and two tickets since last year for food temperature, sanitation and maintenance violations.

    The tickets and court summons are pending, according to health records.

    Dragonball Deli has also received six yellow conditional pass ratings since August, 2002, including eight summonses and two tickets for employee hygiene, food contamination and sanitation infractions.

    In May, Cantonese Seafood Stir Fry was convicted and fined $180 on two tickets related to food contamination and sanitation infractions.

    Golden Bull has had three yellow conditional pass ratings since December, 2002, for a range of problems including failing "to ensure food is not contaminated/adulterated," failure "to properly wash equipment," and "inadequate food temperature control."

    In March, health inspectors ticketed the restaurant for failing to "properly wash surfaces in rooms."

    The ticket charge is pending, Toronto public health records show

  2. keld

    keld TRIBE Member

    dude you post a lot of news articles

    so what time does this business kick off tomorrow then? ima get me some chicken wings.
  3. Skipper

    Skipper TRIBE Member

    This isn't the big building on the southwest corner of Dundas and Spadina, is it?
  4. trinitydub

    trinitydub TRIBE Member

    nope, it's halfway between dundas and queen on the west side

  5. Humanjava

    Humanjava TRIBE Member

    and ppl wonder why I don't eat in places with out open kitchens and a good record of clean service. That is sooooo beyond gross.

  6. Aeryanna

    Aeryanna TRIBE Member

    Oh god....thats disgusting....I'm with humanjava on this one -Open kitchens are the way to go.
  7. Crazlegs

    Crazlegs TRIBE Member

    Eeeeeew! That is soooo fucking nasty! *gags* :eek: :eek:
  8. Richard Raiban

    Richard Raiban TRIBE Member

    this has to be the same rat that littlenutty saw @ happy 7


    note to self......no more spadina chinese food.
  9. MeL_Roc

    MeL_Roc TRIBE Member

    That's disgusting. No more Spadina Chinese food for me!
  10. daddyiwantchocolate

    daddyiwantchocolate TRIBE Member


  11. Skipper

    Skipper TRIBE Member

    ew, that sounds like it's near Boa.
  12. acheron

    acheron TRIBE Member

    oh, it's not all bad - Sky Dragon, Golden Bowl and Swa Tow, not to mention Pho Hung and (that place where I get Saigon Subs for $1.00 ea.- forget the name) ...are all still there.

    Rule of thumb - never eat in a Chinese Food Court. It's always been that way. Something about critical mass... too many chinese restaurants together in one place compounding the opportunity for hayhem to ensue.
  13. Rude1_247

    Rude1_247 TRIBE Member

    I work across about 2 minutes from that food court. I feel validated, I've been telling people at work to avoid that place for months....
  14. Richard Raiban

    Richard Raiban TRIBE Member

    the best place is bay & dundas "YEUH TUNG"
  15. Sal De Ban

    Sal De Ban TRIBE Member

    contrary to popular belief, rats weren't coming from the garbage room; somebody left the fridge open.
  16. Sal De Ban

    Sal De Ban TRIBE Member

    second that
  17. H2Whoa

    H2Whoa TRIBE Member

    Food court chinese is worse than the dirty bird.

  18. tobywan

    tobywan TRIBE Member

    "Dirty bird"

    One of my fav terms in the whole widest world.
  19. lucky1

    lucky1 TRIBE Member

    She stated herself food wasn't cooked right and the place is dirty and then she's shocked?

    I third Yeuh Tung (but I usually just go for the lunch specials) :)
  20. Subsonic Chronic

    Subsonic Chronic TRIBE Member

    Sounds like a real winner.
  21. judge wopner

    judge wopner TRIBE Member

    i love yeuh tung, their chlli chicken with egg noodle is dope.

    i find it funny that a place can get upwards of 6 yellow cards in about 2 years until they actually close it down,

    and whats with the fines, $180 for contaminated food? thats it?

    with a big bust like this, im sure more people will call for greater policing, mabey the province will tackle the issue in true liberal fashion by creating a "food saftey" accord among the provinces to draft policy on ways in which food saftey can be promoted accross the nation....
  22. Richard Raiban

    Richard Raiban TRIBE Member

    yeuh tung's lunch specials are great!!! i used to go there well after those specials were over and demand they serve it to me regardless. id have to pay an extra dollar *LOL*

    but im an addict of their shrimp fried rice & bbq duck...


    p.s. the nest waiter is the guy who's pants looks like he's waiting for a flood (and his bright white socks)

    Last edited: Jun 30, 2004
  23. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

  24. lucky1

    lucky1 TRIBE Member

    What do you guys think about Lee Gardon On Spadina?
  25. AdRiaN

    AdRiaN TRIBE Member

    The only rats you will find at Boa are jib-rats.

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