Darien Restaurant Gets Lowest Health Rating — ‘C’ — in Latest Inspections

Health Department Inspection Ratings Restaurants 11-17-17
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One Darien restaurant received a “C” rating, the worst in the town A-B-C ratings system, in the most recently released town Health Department inspection reports.

One other health inspection report was released on Thursday by the department. The town rating for that establishment was “A.” The inspections took place on Aug. 24 and 30.

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Town Health Department ratings certificates are supposed to be displayed prominently, like this one at the Frosty Bear Cafe at Darien Library.

Here’s an alphabetical list of the most recently released health inspection results (an explanation for each part of the list, including links, is just below the list).

Keep in mind that a food-serving establishment with a history of good ratings may occasionally get a poor inspection rating, occasionally the best do, and every restaurant normally gets a few things wrong (an explanation of how this list is put together is immediately below it):

—Piedmont Associates — 152 Hecker Ave. — Aug. 24Town Rating: A — State Score: 93

—Roost Darien — 1950 Post Road — Aug. 30Town Rating: C — State Score: 84 — Inspector’s Remarks: “Training … cooking temperature question handling raw chicken ([I] left cooking temperature magnet); SautP [sauté?] station bain marie not cold holding (top of unit 60 degrees and lower unit product temperature at 49 degrees); two batches of food items cooling on shelving (sausage at 77 [degrees] and diced sweet potatoes at 103 degrees); bare hand and dicing tomatoes; wiping cloths on aprons and storing raw chicken tub near grill on waste receptacle; no sanitizer set up on the line, two red buckets made during inspection; dipping raw chicken tong in the quat sanitizer bay to be used on line, still contained raw chicken debris; label containers … [for granular items] not in original [containers]; grease buildup around fryer shelving and shelving near mixer left unclean; fruit flies observed in kitchen, mop sink and and in coffee station/baked goods.” — Inspector’s Comments: “Some hand washing and glove use observed. Kitchen training and leadership?”

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Inspector’s remarks and comments part of the Aug. 30 inspection report for Roost.


Dates link to the food establishment’s inspection report referenced here (when available, sometimes it takes a while to get posted online), and Darien’s own A/B/C ratings link to a Web page showing several of the restaurant’s recent inspection ratings.

For restaurants and other food-serving establishments rated “C,” and for some others of interest to the public (like schools) additional information is given. When we provide that information here, then words within brackets (“[ ]”) have been added for clarity by Darienite.com; semicolons (“;”) separate individual comments by the inspectors. Each comment separated by semicolons is about a particular violation that triggers a deduction of one or more points from a perfect state score of 100.


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You can find the past several inspection ratings under the Darien ratings system for food-serving establishments along with copies of inspection reports, including state health code scores on this website.


How Darien’s Food-Serving Places Are Rated

Restaurants in town are rated under the Darien Health Department’s own A/B/C ratings system. Health inspectors also use the state health code regulations to score restaurants, with a perfect score set at 100, and demerits (of 1 to 4 points each) for various code violations.


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The Darien system takes into account problems that are ongoing, so a restaurant scoring higher than others on the state scale may actually get a lower score on the Darien scale.

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The “A”, “B” and “C” letter grades a restaurant gets in its last inspection will be prominent on these certificates, which must be posted where customers can see them, and you can use your phone and the “QR” code to the right of the letter grade to get to the department’s ratings website for more information.


Any establishment actually deemed unsafe can be closed by the town Health Department until violations are fixed. Town Health Director David Knauf says that has never happened in the time he’s been with the department.

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