5 On Your Side

Health Inspectors Shut Down West End Grill

Posted October 3, 2007

— Two restaurants were shut down by health inspectors in the same week.

On Monday, 5 on Your Side reported that Gumby's on Hillsborough Street got a score of 60.5.

This time, it was the West End Grill on West Market Street in Smithfield. The eatery scored a 64.5 and was immediately shut down. Restaurants must score at least a 70 to stay open.

The bottom line, according to inspectors, West End was dirty. A sign says "Closed for remodeling ... Re-opening October 3," but that's not going to happen.

Among the violations were spoiled or out of date steak, beef, shrimp, and milk. "Numerous" dirty dishes were just left when employees went home for the day. And flies were "all over" a sink area.

The inspector wrote: "Major equipment cleaning needed in every area" and "lots of floor cleaning needed everywhere."

West End got a 97 during its last inspection. WRAL wasn’t able to contact an owner or manager.


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  • newborn _may18 Oct 5, 2007

    How do you go from a 97 to 64? Disgusting...

  • thefensk Oct 5, 2007

    Hate to mention a show from other networks, but if you've ever been turned off by chef Gordon Ramsay's foul mouth consider this. His rants are not random. He saves his most outstanding outbursts for CLEANLINESS violations. He really is all about food, and value, both in price and in service.

    Even struggling restaurants must come realize that this is one area where they can not skimp. It rapidly becomes not simply a symptom of their pending failure, but it soon becomes a major contributing factor.

  • luvtoshag Oct 5, 2007

    I walked out of Pizza Inn in Dunn once because they had a "B" on the health grade. The employee came to seat us and I saw the grade and told my husband I was not eating there. He told the employee, she changed her mind and I said yes, they have a "B".

    As for this place, I wouldn't serve my family anything out of date and would not expect a restaurant to do so either. They can make people really sick by doing that. I bet the employees/managers/owners don't eat there because they see what is going on.

  • gopanthers Oct 5, 2007

    I will not eat at a place where the sanitation score is below 94

    I won't either and that's a fact! Know what I find amazing?. I have a lot of ties to California and they don't have this rating system there. One would think a state like California who constantly fights for the publics health would have it. This is just another one of those things that makes N.C. SO GREAT to live in!!!! Great Program.

  • ghusketh3 Oct 4, 2007

    I was surprised to see such a low score the last time I was at The Olive Garden on Capital Blvd. We were seated near the kitchen and I could see why. Nasty,nasty,nasty. We left before they could bring our menus. The sanitation score isn't visible when you walk in the door. Poor lighting. But after working in a school cafeteria in Durham for several years, I LOOK for the score EVERYTIME I go out to eat. If I don't see it, I ask.

  • whatelseisnew Oct 4, 2007

    These health inspectors - gee whiz; they just do not understand the whole ambiance thing do they? After these folks go to all this trouble to get things just so in their eatery, they get shut down. I just can not believe it.

  • isabella731 Oct 4, 2007

    I always check the rating before going to a restaurant. Better safe than sorry, I say.

  • onthedot Oct 4, 2007

    It is best to check this web site before eating instead of paying someone to poison your organs: http://wake.digitalhealthdepartment.com/

    Some may say I am too picky but my rule of thumb is I will not eat at a place where the sanitation score is below 94 (without adding education points. What good does it do if they don't apply what they learn) I was in the food industries before and I think anyone who has been in the food industry, or being inside some restaurants , hotels, etc. we most likely prefer to eat at home. Yep, the more you know and see the lesser you eat out.

  • 1 of the original Americans Oct 4, 2007

    computer trainer

    what is the name of the place?

  • parr4246 Oct 4, 2007

    "West End got a 97 during its last inspection."

    they must have been warned that the inspectors were coming before this inspection..................