Two Hurst dining facilities correct inspection violations

Staff Report

On Oct. 9, two Mercyhurst University dining facilities received noncritical violations after inspections from the Erie County Department of Health.

Mercyhurst’s Laker Inn and Café Diem received minor code violations during the inspections, which are conducted at least once a year at any facility in Erie County that serves unpackaged food.
Five other Mercyhurst facilities were inspected Oct. 9-10 and were found to have no violations.

The Erie County Department of Health deemed the Mercyhurst violations to be noncritical, meaning they are not critical violations but are undesirable in a food establishment.

The Laker Inn was found to be out of compliance on two risk factors — with nonfood-contact surfaces as well as physical facilities, according to the inspection report. Notes on the inspection report advised cleaning shelves on a walk-in cooler. The report further noted that renovation work planned for winter break should take care of violations with the physical facilities.

Dean Schoenfeldt, Parkhurst general manager, said that the timing of the inspection at the Laker Inn contributed to the violations, since plans to renovate the Laker were already in place.
“This will be a great opportunity to renovate certain spots in the Laker Inn so that we can get these matters taken care of,” Schoenfeldt said.

Café Diem received a noncritical violation because of sauces not being kept at the correct temperature, according to the inspection report. The Department of Health’s report noted that the violation was corrected at the time of the inspection, witnessed by the inspector.

In a follow-up inspection of Café Diem on Oct. 23, the Erie County Department of Health found no violations.

Donny Bryant III contributed to this report.