2010-04-16 / Top Stories

91% of Rockaway Restaurants Pass Health Inspection

By Nicholas Briano

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOH) inspects every restaurant in the city at least once a year and violations are cited based on those inspections. The violations can include unsafe work conditions, hygiene, potential for bacteria growth, vermin, or whether or not a menu item was made with trans fat oils, just to name a few.

However, with a laundry list of possible violations to look after, 91 percent of Rockaway business owners operate with a clean bill of health. There are 109 restaurants along the Rockaway peninsula, and only ten failed their most recent inspections.

The Wave has compiled a list of every Rock away restaurant and its res pective inspection score. The current in spec tion process uses a points system in which violations are issued a specific number of points depending on the severity. A score of 28 or more requires a re-inspection and immediate attention to the violations.

The restaurants with the best inspection records were Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin

Robbins (49-01 Beach Channel Drive), and The New Cheung Hing Kitchen, both with zero points. There were 10 addition al restaur ants which scor ed 2 points.

Among the rest aurants with the worst inspection record were Gallagher’s Snug Harbour – which was recently sold (68 points), John & John Pizza – which was closed by the Department of Health (58) and LI Mandrin Duck (56).

The average inspection score on the peninsula is 16.8. Scores can be seen in their entirety with details of each violation at nyc.gov/doh. A base point value is assigned to each violation. A Public Health Hazard is the most severe type of violation and typically has a base point value of 7; other Critical Violations have a base point value of 5; and General Violations have a base point value of 2, according to DOH.

The points system will be replaced in July with the recently-approved letter grade system. Under the new guidelines, restaurant owners will be required to display the letter grade in their front window. Restaurants receiving 0 to 13 vio-

lation points would receive an A grade. Those with 14 to 27 points would get B’s, and those with more than 28 points would get C’s. According to DOH, however, a restaurant receiving an A will post its grade card at the end of the inspection. A restaurant receiving a B or C will not be required to post its grade immediately. These establishments will be re-inspected within a month, giving them a chance to improve.


John and John’s Pizzeria located at 97-02 Rockaway Beach Boulevard has been shut down by the Department of Health after receiving an inspection score of 58 in March. Some violations included improper utensil drying practices, evidence of tobacco use in food preparation, food storage or dishwashing areas and absence of facilities to wash, rinse, and sanitize utensils and/or equipment. John and John’s Pizzeria located at 97-02 Rockaway Beach Boulevard has been shut down by the Department of Health after receiving an inspection score of 58 in March. Some violations included improper utensil drying practices, evidence of tobacco use in food preparation, food storage or dishwashing areas and absence of facilities to wash, rinse, and sanitize utensils and/or equipment.
Gallagher’s Snug Harbour located at 108-02 Rockaway Beach Boulevard had the highest violation score for a peninsula restaurant. The score of 68 was received during a March 11 inspection. Some of the violations DOH states include not vermin proofing the facility, wiping cloths were dirty or not stored in sanitizing solution, and personal hygiene was considered inadequate with unclean outer garments and effective hair restraints not worn. There was also evidence of live mice in the restaurant. The restaurant was recently sold and is currently closed for renovations. Gallagher’s Snug Harbour located at 108-02 Rockaway Beach Boulevard had the highest violation score for a peninsula restaurant. The score of 68 was received during a March 11 inspection. Some of the violations DOH states include not vermin proofing the facility, wiping cloths were dirty or not stored in sanitizing solution, and personal hygiene was considered inadequate with unclean outer garments and effective hair restraints not worn. There was also evidence of live mice in the restaurant. The restaurant was recently sold and is currently closed for renovations.
The Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robins located at 49-01 Beach Channel Drive was one of the few restaurants with a clean bill of health from their last inspection, which was in March when they received a score of zero. The Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robins located at 49-01 Beach Channel Drive was one of the few restaurants with a clean bill of health from their last inspection, which was in March when they received a score of zero.

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