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Pursuant to Title 25-A of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations
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Health Regulation & Licensing Administration    Office of Food, Drug, Radiation, and Community Hygiene    2201 Shannon Place, SE - 2nd Floor    Washington, DC 20020
http://doh.dc.gov/service/food-safety      email: food.safety@dc.gov
Establishment Name  LOS CUATES RESTAURANT
Address  1564 WISCONSIN AVE NW
City/State/Zip Code  Washington, DC 20007
Telephone
 202-965-7009
 E-mail address  info@cuatesgrill.com
Date of Inspection
 08
/
 10
/
 2021
    Time In
 01
:
 59
PM     Time Out
 03
:
 46
PM  
License Holder  Los Cuates Restaurant Inc.
License/Customer No.  09313xxxx-68002724
License Period
 05 
/
 01 
/
 2020 
 - 
 06 
/
 30 
/
 2022 
 Type of Inspection
 Complaint
Establishment Type:  Restaurant Total
    Risk Category 1
 
 2
 
 3
 
 4
 
 5
 
 
Priority Violations  1 COS  1 R  0
Priority Foundation Violations  2 COS  0 R  0
Core Violations  8 COS  4 R  0
Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM)
 SERGIO KEHL 
CFPM #:  FS-83654 

CFPM Expiration Date:   04/20/2020  
D.C. licensed trash or solid waste contractor:
 Vinnie's Style Sanitation Service 
D.C. licensed sewage & liquid waste transport contractor:
 Mahoney Environmental 
D.C. licensed pesticide operator/contractor:
 Orkin 
D.C. licensed ventilation hood system cleaning contractor:
 BN Commercial Cleaning 
FOODBORNE ILLNESS RISK FACTORS AND PUBLIC HEALTH INTERVENTIONS
  Compliance Status COS R
  Supervision  
IN OUT 1. Person in charge present, demonstrates knowledge, and performs duties
 
 
IN OUT 2. Certified Food Protection Manager
 
 
  Employee Health  
IN OUT 3. Management, food employee, and conditional employee; knowledge, responsibilities, and reporting
 
 
IN OUT 4. Proper use of restriction and exclusion
 
 
IN OUT 5. Procedures for responding to vomiting and diarrheal events
 
 
  Good Hygienic Practices  
IN OUT N/O 6. Proper eating, tasting, drinking, or tobacco use
 
 
IN OUT N/O 7. No discharge from eyes, nose, and mouth
 
 
  Control of Hands as a Vehicle of Contamination  
IN OUT N/O 8. Hands clean and properly washed
 
 
IN OUT N/A N/O 9. No bare hand contact with RTE foods or a pre-approved alternate procedure properly allowed
 
 
IN OUT 10. Adequate handwashing sinks properly supplied and accessible
 
 
  Approved Source  
IN OUT 11. Food obtained from approved source
 
 
IN OUT N/A N/O 12. Food received at proper temperature
 
 
IN OUT 13. Food in good condition, safe, and unadulterated
 
 
IN OUT N/A N/O 14. Required records available: shellstock tags, parasite destruction
 
 
  Protection from Contamination  
IN OUT N/A 15. Food separated and protected
 
 
IN OUT N/A 16. Food-contact surfaces: cleaned and sanitized
 
 
IN OUT 17. Proper disposition of returned, previously served, reconditioned, and unsafe food
 
 
  Potentially Hazardous Food (Time/Temperature Control for Safety Food)  
IN OUT N/A N/O 18. Proper cooking time and temperatures
 
 
IN OUT N/A N/O 19. Proper reheating procedures for hot holding
 
 
IN OUT N/A N/O 20. Proper cooling time and temperature
 
 
IN OUT N/A N/O 21. Proper hot holding temperatures
 
 
IN OUT N/A 22. Proper cold holding temperatures
 
 
IN OUT N/A N/O 23. Proper date marking and disposition
 
 
IN OUT N/A N/O 24. Time as a public health control: procedures and records
 
 
  Consumer Advisory  
IN OUT N/A 25. Consumer advisory provided for raw or undercooked foods
 
 
  Highly Susceptible Populations  
IN OUT N/A 26. Pasteurized foods used; prohibited foods not offered
 
 
  Chemical  
IN OUT N/A 27. Food additives: approved and properly used
 
 
IN OUT N/A 28. Toxic substances properly identified, stored, and used
 
 
  Conformance with Approved Procedures  
IN OUT N/A 29. Compliance with variance, specialized process, and HACCP plan
 
 
 
GOOD RETAIL PRACTICES
  Compliance Status COS R
  Safe Food and Water  
IN OUT N/A 30. Pasteurized eggs used where required
 
 
IN OUT 31. Water and ice from approved source
 
 
IN OUT N/A 32. Variance obtained for specialized processing methods
 
 
  Food Temperature Control  
IN OUT 33. Proper cooling methods used; adequate equipment for temperature control
 
 
IN OUT N/A N/O 34. Plant food properly cooked for hot holding
 
 
IN OUT N/A N/O 35. Approved thawing methods used
 
 
IN OUT 36. Thermometers provided and accurate
 
 
  Food Identification  
IN OUT 37. Food properly labeled; original container
 
 
  Prevention of Food Contamination  
IN OUT 38. Insects, rodents, and animals not present
 
 
IN OUT 39. Contamination prevented during food preparation, storage, and display
 
 
IN OUT N/A 40. Personal cleanliness
 
 
IN OUT 41. Wiping cloths: properly used and stored
 
 
IN OUT N/A N/O 42. Washing fruits and vegetables
 
 
  Proper Use of Utensils  
IN OUT 43. In-use utensils: properly stored
 
 
IN OUT 44. Utensils, equipment and linens: properly stored, dried, and handled
 
 
IN OUT 45. Single-use/single-service articles: properly stored and used
 
 
IN OUT N/A 46. Gloves used properly
 
 
  Utensils, Equipment, and Vending  
IN OUT 47. Food and nonfood-contact surfaces cleanable, properly designed, constructed, and used
 
 
IN OUT 48. Warewashing facilities: installed, maintained, and used; test strips
 
 
IN OUT 49. Nonfood-contact surfaces clean
 
 
  Physical Facilities  
IN OUT 50. Hot and cold water available; adequate pressure
 
 
IN OUT 51. Plumbing installed; proper backflow devices
 
 
IN OUT 52. Sewage and waste water properly disposed
 
 
IN OUT 53. Toilet facilities: properly constructed, supplied, and cleaned
 
 
IN OUT 54. Garbage and refuse properly disposed; facilities maintained
 
 
IN OUT 55. Physical facilities installed, maintained, and clean
 
 
IN OUT 56. Adequate ventilation and lighting; designated areas used
 
 
IN = in compliance OUT = not in compliance N/O = not observed
N/A = not applicable COS = corrected on-site R = repeat violation
Establishment Name  LOS CUATES RESTAURANT    Establishment Address  1564 WISCONSIN AVE NW
OBSERVATIONS 25 DCMR CORRECTIVE ACTIONS
2. - The Certified Food Protection Manager Identification Card issued by the Department is not posted next to the establishment's basic business license. (Correct Violation Within 14 Calendar Days)  200.4 Documentation that each person in charge is a certified food protection manager with knowledge of food safety shall be conspicuously posted in the food establishment next to the food establishment license. Such documentation shall be removed when the individual is no longer employed on-site by the establishment.  
3. - The establishment did not provide proof of an employee health policy for the prevention of foodborne illness. I emailed the establishment a copy of DC Health-issued "Food Employee Health Guidelines." (Correct Violation Within 14 Calendar Days)  300.1 The licensee shall require food employees and conditional employees to report to the person in charge, in accordance with this Section, information about their health and activities as they relate to diseases that are transmissible through food.  
5. - The establishment did not provide procedures for responding to a contamination event due to vomiting or diarrhea. I emailed the establishment a copy of DC Health-issued Vomit/Diarrhea Response Procedures. (Correct Violation Within 5 Calendar Days)  504.1 A licensee shall ensure that its food establishment shall have procedures for employees to follow when responding to vomiting or diarrheal events that involve the discharge of vomitus or fecal matter onto surfaces in the food establishment. The procedures shall address the specific actions employees must take to minimize the spread of contamination and the exposure of employees, consumers, food, and surfaces to vomitus or fecal matter. Pf  
8. - An employee was observed washing his hands for 3 seconds or less. The employee washed his hands again and correctly. (Corrected On Site)  401.1 Except as specified in Section 401.4, food employees shall clean their hands and exposed portions of their arms, including surrogate prosthetic devices for hands or arms, for at least twenty (20) seconds, using a cleaning compound in a handwashing sink that is equipped as specified in Section 2402 and Sections 3000 through 3005. P  
36. - There is no thermometer in the under-counter refrigerator. A thermometer was placed in the unit. (Corrected On Site)  1524.2 Cold or hot holding equipment used for potentially hazardous food (time/temperature control for safety food) shall be designed to include and shall be equipped with at least one (1) integral or permanently affixed temperature measuring device that is located to allow easy viewing of the device's temperature display, except as specified in Section 1524.3.  
37. - There is an unlabeled plastic squeeze bottle of oil and unlabeled plastic containers of spices in the kitchen. The containers have been labeled. (Corrected On Site)  803.1 Working containers holding food or food ingredients that are removed from their original packages for use in the food establishment, such as cooking oils, flour, herbs, potato flakes, salt, spices, and sugar shall be identified with the common name of the food, except that containers holding food that can be readily and unmistakably recognized, such as dry pasta, need not be identified.  
41. - A wet wiping cloth is stored on the cutting board. The cloth was placed in sanitizing solution. (Corrected On Site)  812.2 Cloths that are in-use for wiping counters and other equipment surfaces shall be: (a) Held between uses in a chemical sanitizer solution at a concentration specified in Section 1813; and (b) Laundered daily as specified in Section 2101.4.  
44. - The plates on the top shelf in the kitchen are stored with the food-contact surfaces exposed (unprotected). (Correct Violation Within 14 Calendar Days)  2203.2 Clean equipment and utensils shall be stored as specified in Section 2203.1 and shall be stored: (b) Covered or inverted.  
47. - The cutting boards are scratched. The scratched boards have been replaced with new boards. (Corrected On Site)  1801.1 Surfaces such as cutting blocks and boards that are subject to scratching and scoring shall be resurfaced if they can no longer be effectively cleaned and sanitized, or discarded if they are not capable of being resurfaced.  
48. - There are no chemical test strips available to measure the concentration of quaternary ammonium sanitizing solutions. (Correct Violation Within 5 Calendar Days)  1608.1 A test kit or other device that accurately measures the concentration in micrograms per liter (mg/L) of sanitizing solutions shall be provided. Pf  
56. - Smoke particulate matter is accumulating on the ventilation hood filters. (Correct Violation Within 14 Calendar Days)  3203.1 Intake and exhaust air ducts shall be cleaned and filters changed so they are not a source of contamination by dust, dirt, and other materials.  
 
Temperatures
 Item/Location Temp  Item/Location Temp  Item/Location Temp  Item/Location Temp
Hot Water (Handwashing Sink - toilet room) 117.0F Hot Water (Handwashing Sink - toilet room) 116.0F Hot Water (Handwashing Sink - Bar) 130.0F Hot Water (3-compartment sink (Bar)) 119.0F
(Reach-in Freezer) -14.0F Cheese (Under-counter Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 42.0F Guacamole (Under-counter Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 42.0F Hot Water (Handwashing Sink - kitchen) 119.0F
(Under-counter Refrigerator) 39.0F Salmon (Under-counter Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 35.0F Fish (Under-counter Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 37.0F Hot Water (3-compartment sink) 117.0F
(Reach-in Freezer) -1.0F Chicken (Steam Table) (Hot Holding) 136.0F Beans (Steam Table) (Hot Holding) 156.0F Rice (Steam Table) (Hot Holding) 133.0F
Rice (Steam Table) (Hot Holding) 135.0F Beef (Steam Table) (Hot Holding) 141.0F Beef (Steam Table) (Hot Holding) 147.0F Raw Shrimp (Under-counter Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 37.0F
(Under-counter Refrigerator) 41.0F Raw Shrimp (Under-counter Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 38.0F (Under-counter Refrigerator) 39.0F Cheese (Under-counter Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 42.0F
Beef (Under-counter Refrigerator) (Cold Holding) 40.0F            
Inspector Comments:
Correct cited violations within 5 calendar-days.

Correct cited violations within 14 calendar-days.

If you have any questions, please contact the Area Supervisor by emailing food.safety@dc.gov with your inquiry details.
DC Health does not assign a grade, percentage, or rating for establishment inspection reports. We perform a pass-fail inspection. The amount of Priority, Priority Foundation, and Core violations are tallied at the top of each inspection report. DC Health also performs follow up inspections to ensure the violations which were cited on the initial report have been corrected. To view an establishment's inspection report, follow this link: https://dc.healthinspections.us.
  Sergio D. Kehl 08/10/2021
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    Ivory Gene Cooper 056  08/10/2021 
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    2023