Hotspot not keeping food hot. No violations in inspector's followup visit.

A recent routine inspection at an Arkadelphia eatery discovered several health code violations.

According to a food establishment assessment report obtained from the state’s Department of Health through the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, Hamburger Barn came out of the inspection with a substandard report card.

On April 17, ADH environmental health specialist Calvin Nichols paid a visit to the restaurant, located at 2813 Pine St. and owned by Bobby Younger. The report concluded that a follow-up inspection would be required the following week after discovering six food-borne illness risk factors and three retail practice violations.

Among the violations were foods being held at temperature below standard, improper employee hand-washing and inadequate date-marking on foods.

The inspection began at 10:22 a.m. and lasted an hour and 20 minutes.

During the examination of the restaurant, Nichols found an employee’s drink with no lid or straw sitting on a food prep table; that violation was corrected on site.

The report noted that hand-washing should be done before using gloves and after handling raw meats, and that a hand-washing sink was “not in operation” in the food prep area.

Additionally, the inspector found shell eggs stored above ready-to-eat foods; the food in question was apparently kegged beer in a walk-in cooler.

Hamburger Barn was out of compliance in three areas of the seven “potentially hazardous food time/temperature” category.

Food held in a back hot holding cabinet was below 135 degrees.

Date-marking was not in place on items held over 24 hours, and the report noted that time procedures were needed for items not cold holding or hot holding.

The restaurant was also out of compliance with three “good retail practices,” or preventable measures to control the addition of pathogens, chemicals and physical objects into foods.

The health inspector noted in the report that meat probe thermometers were needed for correct cooking temperatures.

He also found tubs in the back of the restaurant with “stagnant water condensation drains from ice machine submerged in stagnant tub.” Grease was also apparently being dumped in a ditch behind the restaurant, the report notes.

Finally, the inspector found that the roof was leaking a “black substance” and noted that the roof needed to be repaired “to prevent contamination to dishes, food, etc.”

The restaurant was in total compliance during its follow-up inspection, with “no critical violations observed.” The health inspector noted that the establishment “will be undergoing major remodeling repairs in the near future” with the hand-washing sink and other plumbing and structures to be repaired at the same time.

The restaurant posted to Facebook on May 25 to announce to its customers that it would be closed through June 1. “As many of our regular customers know, we have been needing a new roof,” the post said. “This is quite an extensive project, but we are doing it right.”

The re-opening was stalled, however, apparently due to inclement weather. In a June 2 Facebook post, weather was cited for the delay in opening. “The roofers, plumbers and now electricians are working hard to get us reopened,” it said, further aiming for a reopening that Thursday.

A call to the restaurant went unanswered Tuesday and Wednesday by press time. Younger’s personal phone number is not listed in an Arkadelphia phone book.