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This week on DineSafe: Wide Open, Ryoji, L-Eat Express, Yummy Pizza, McDonald's, Urban Thai

Posted by Liora Ipsum / March 4, 2014

dinesafeThere were no closures this week on DineSafe, but two College Street establishments seem to have come pretty close. Ryoji Ramen & Izakaya and the neighbouring Urban Thai each racked up a whopping 10 infractions for a laundry list of things like failing to ensure food isn't contaminated or adulterated.

Here's the rest of this week's most dubious DineSafe offenders.

Wide Open (139A Spadina Ave)
Inspected on: February 26, 2014
Inspection finding:Yellow (Conditional)
Number of infractions: 3 (Minor: 1, Significant: 2)
Crucial infractions include: N/A

Ryoji Ramen & Izakaya (690 College Street)
Inspected on: February 25, 2014
Inspection finding:Yellow (Conditional)
Number of infractions: 10 (Minor: 2, Significant: 6, Crucial: 2)
Crucial infractions include: Operator fail to ensure food is not contaminated/adulterated. Employee fail to wash hands when required.

L-Eat Express (410 Adelaide St W)
Inspected on: February 25, 2014
Inspection finding:Yellow (Conditional)
Number of infractions: 3 (Minor: 1, Significant: 2)
Crucial infractions include: N/A

Yummy Pizza (1745 Dundas St W)
Inspected on: February 24, 2014
Inspection finding:Yellow (Conditional)
Number of infractions: 4 (Minor: 1, Crucial: 3)
Crucial infractions include: Operator fail to ensure food is not contaminated/adulterated. Operator fail to maintain hazardous food(s) at 4C (40F) or colder. Operator fail to maintain hazardous foods at 60C (140F) or hotter.

Dundas Spring Garden (434 Dundas St W)
Inspected on: February 27, 2014
Inspection finding:Yellow (Conditional)
Number of infractions: 2 (Minor: 1, Significant: 1)
Crucial infractions include: N/A

McDonald's (1185 Dupont St)
Inspected on: February 26, 2014
Inspection finding:Yellow (Conditional)
Number of infractions: 2 (Significant: 1, Crucial: 1)
Crucial infractions include: Operator fail to maintain hazardous food(s) at 4C (40F) or colder.

Urban Thai (638 College St)
Inspected on: February 26, 2014
Inspection finding:Yellow (Conditional)
Number of infractions: 10 (Minor: 4, Significant: 4, Crucial: 2)
Crucial infractions include: Operator fail to ensure food is not contaminated/adulterated. Operator fail to maintain hazardous food(s) at 4C (40F) or colder.

Sweet Everythings (125 Jefferson Ave)
Inspected on: February 27, 2014
Inspection finding:Yellow (Conditional)
Number of infractions: 6 (Minor: 3, Significant: 3)
Crucial infractions include: N/A

Discussion

9 Comments

Drunk as Ford / March 4, 2014 at 10:09 am
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How did Wide Open get on this list? Do they even have a kitchen?
nippleholic replying to a comment from Drunk as Ford / March 4, 2014 at 11:25 am
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Also kind of weird that their last inspection was almost two years ago when they're supposed to have a minimum of 2 inspections per year.
sam / March 4, 2014 at 12:10 pm
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yeah wide open doesn't have food ... just drinks? the glasses dirty?? whaaaa?
Yvonne / March 4, 2014 at 06:48 pm
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this list is BS!!!!!
Franklin / March 5, 2014 at 07:53 am
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L-eat has a bad food that's overpriced infraction
Suzanne / March 12, 2014 at 01:02 pm
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It's too bad these DineSafe posts don't go into details about what the actual infractions are, they simply report on what colour a particular restaurant has been marked with, conjuring up images in the heads of customers that there's mice running around in the back kitchen.

As a consumer myself I appreciate receiving all the information available so I can make an informed decision before determining whether or not to discontinue frequenting a location.

As a rep from L-eat Express I can state we received a conditional pass on February 26th due to a broken handle on a hand-washing station. We have two other staff hand-washing stations on the premises that are fully functional; one being only metres away from the broken one.

We're not sure how this accounts to 1 minor and 2 significant infractions, however we're inquiring with Toronto Public Health as we would love to make this public on our FB page. We're an extremely clean establishment and all our loyal customers are aware how attentive we are in this area.

So I would have to agree with Yvonne on this list.
Yah right replying to a comment from Suzanne / March 12, 2014 at 01:28 pm
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Susanne, if you click the date link, it will take you to the full L-Eat DineSafe history which documents how this location has been cited a number of times for not sanitizing surfaces. Your comment here as a L-Eat rep just shows your own lack of responsibility which is shadier then being cited in first place.
Suzanne replying to a comment from Franklin / March 12, 2014 at 01:34 pm
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L-eat Express would love to receive additional feedback on what items didn't meet your expectations and any recommendations you may have.

As for price, if you consider other dine in/grab n' go restaurants in the area such as Fresh on Spadina that offer a similar handcrafted & fresh approach to food then you'll see we're priced quite fair for the amount of care we put into what we do.
Suzanne replying to a comment from Yah right / March 12, 2014 at 05:29 pm
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Thanks for your comment Yah right. The responsibility is owning the two times in our history that we've been less than perfect and taking the necessary steps to return to green status which we've done immediately. Perhaps shady could be seen as having an anonymous comment section where the name/intentions of those posting are not clear. Competitor?

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