Worst Rating — ‘C’ — for One Restaurant in Latest Darien Health Inspection Reports

Health Certificate Frosty Bear 01-19-17

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

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One Darien restaurant received a ‘C’ rating — the worst in the town’s A-B-C ratings system — in the eight most recently released town health inspection reports.

Darien Health Department on Thursday released reports from inspections that took place from  Jan. 11 to 23. Two of them received a rating of “B,” and another five were rated “A.”

Health Certificate Frosty Bear 01-19-17

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):

—Browne & Company — 865 Post Road — Jan. 16Town Rating: A — State Score: 95

—Chipotle Mexican Grill — 71Post Road — Jan. 23Town Rating: A — State Score: 96

—Four Forks — 7 Tokeneke Road — Jan. 18Town Rating: A — State Score: 95

—Roost Darien — 1950 Post Road — Jan. 22Town Rating: C — State Score: 88 — Inspector’s Remarks: “Meatballs on the stove in a water bath at 97 degrees (stove not turned on) disposed of; Brussels sprouts in the bain marie at 78 degrees (cooked this morning); raw chicken stored over RTE [ready-to-eat food] in upright fridge and downstairs walk-in. Large raw turkey in bucket stored over tuna salad container/salad dressing; unclean dry wiping cloths on the counters upon entry to the kitchen; bulk food items with blue lid without a label downstairs; handle stored in the oats (tubs), ice scoop on the shelf, bowl left in the chia seeds (downstairs); dry sweeping with a large amount of bacon uncovered near the floor and both bain maries left open.” — Inspector’s Comments: “Owner/QFO [Qualified Food Operator] completing internal inspections? Training documentation? Date marking discussion, whoo has formal training on-site? Any logs for cooling? Large amount of chicken cutlet prep (panko dredging) and weighing at the smoothie bain marie …… with the cover open/exposed RTE [ready-to-eat food].”

From the Jan. 22, 2019 inspection report for Roost

—Royle School — 133 Mansfield Ave. — Jan. 23Town Rating: A — State Score: 98 — Inspector’s Remarks: “Food items stored on the floor in walk-in cooling unit.” — Inspector’s Comments: “Excellent inspection. Lasagna – 177 [degrees], walk-in – 38 [degrees].

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Jan. 23, 2019 inspection report for Royle School Cafeteria kitchen

—Meatball & Co. — 23 Tokeneke Road — Jan. 19Town Rating: A — State Score: 93

—Springdale Athletic Club — 2 Camp Ave. — Jan. 11Town Rating: B — State Score: 88

—The Waters Edge at Giovanni’s — 2748 Post Road — Jan. 18Town Rating: B — State Score: 91


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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