Dead cockroaches and rat droppings in water heater cupboard lead to low score for West Side cafe

SAN ANTONIO – A cafe with dead cockroaches and rat droppings topped this week’s list of restaurants with low scores and that’s not all inspectors found on a recent visit.

Inspectors found multiple violations at the Old Highway 90 Cafe, located in the 600 block of Old Highway 90.

When inspectors pulled over on April 7, they found “several dead cockroaches throughout the facility” and “rat droppings in the water heater closet.”

The cold holding unit also did not keep items cold enough. It should be a minimum of 41 degrees, but the egg yolks showed a temperature of 54.

Employees were seen touching raw meat and then using a utensil to serve ready-to-eat food without washing their hands. Another employee was observed touching ready-to-eat tortillas after touching a dirty cloth.

The cafe was also convicted of a repeat offense for “several holes in the wall throughout the establishment”.

The owners were ordered to make the repairs with “approved materials” and the inspector noted that “cardboard cannot be used”.

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KSAT 12 recently stopped by the cafe to see if repairs had been made.

Carlos Chocon, who identified himself as an employee of the cafe, said he was carrying out recommended repairs which must be completed by July 6.

Inspectors gave the restaurant a score of just 72.

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Scoring Guide:

  • 100-90 = A (very good to fair)

  • 89-80 = B (Acceptable to Marginal)

  • 79 or less = C (marginal to poor)

Metro Health indicates that scores of 69 or less are failing scores.

→Click here to see the database of San Antonio restaurants with perfect scores

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Fajita Taco Place #3 in the 1800 block of Thompson Place received a score of 80.

On April 15, the inspector discovered that the eggs on the preparation line were at a temperature of 72 degrees. This is well above the recommended temperature of 45 degrees.

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The charro beans from the day before were discarded because they “were no longer safe to eat”.

Unidentified “pest droppings” were also found in the kitchen prep area.

Corrections must be made by July 14.

You can watch reports from KSAT12’s Behind the Kitchen Door Thursday night on Nightbeat.

For complaints about food establishments in the City of San Antonio, email Metro Health or call 210-207-8853.

Discover more restaurant scores by clicking here.

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