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2 Tarrant County Restaurants Closed on Inspections; dozens of live cockroaches, flies found

Two Tarrant County restaurants were closed during inspections May 21-27 when the inspector found live cockroaches in one and food safety issues in the other, according to county data compiled by Star-Telegram.

A1 Pho and Grill, located at 4228 E. Belknap St. in Haltom City, failed its inspection with 32 demerits on May 22. The inspector saw five to six dozen live cockroaches and house flies on food products, food equipment, and in the storage area. . Dirty cloths were stored in bean sprouts and heavy mold-like formation was found on a cutting board and in the ice maker.

The restaurant was closed until the violations could be corrected. A1 Pho and Grill passed inspection the next day with a perfect zero score and was given permission to reopen.

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, located at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport, received 27 demerits on May 22. Employees failed to dispose of cooked chicken that had been sitting out too long and the inspector saw a mold-like substance in the ice machine.

Both issues were repeat violations and the manager voluntarily closed the establishment until corrections could be made. The establishment received 2 demerits on a follow-up inspection the next day.

Flies were also found at Lisa’s Chicken located at 5100 Broadway Ave. in Haltom City, and Chicken Express located at 8805 Clifford St. in White Settlement. Both passed inspection with 19 and 14 demerits respectively.

Sazon Dona Mary at 820 Kelley Drive in Everman passed a follow-up inspection with a perfect score after failing twice in the previous round of inspections. Asian King Buffet at 953 Melbourne Road in Hurst and Smallcakes Keller at 721 Keller Parkway also passed follow-up inspections.

Restaurants that receive more than 29 demerits require a follow-up inspection. The Tarrant County Department of Public Health inspects and rates all restaurants in Tarrant County, except those located in Fort Worth, Arlington, Euless, and North Richland Hills, which conduct their own inspections.

These are the inspection scores and violations for restaurants Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) inspected from May 21-27, 2023. TCPH inspects and rates all restaurants in Tarrant County, except those located in Fort Worth, Arlington, Euless and North Richland Sierras. Scores are based on a demerit system. When the total exceeds 29, a follow-up inspection is required. To search for restaurant inspections, type a keyword or the name of the restaurant. You can also sort by score.

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