Waltham Restaurant Inspections: Grease Trap Issues

The Waltham Health Department recently inspected many of the city's restaurants.

Habanero's. File photo:
Habanero's. File photo:
The Waltham Health Department recently inspected many of the city's restaurants. 

The reports are public record and if inspectors find issues, they follow up with future re-inspections to assure the issue is resolved. If the Board of Health finds repeated problems, it can call them for a hearing with the board.

Sources: Waltham Health Department restaurant inspection reports.

-Habanero's Mexican Kitchen, 484 Main St.: A Nov. 29 inspection ordered the floor to be cleaned next to grease traps, the floor to be cleaned near a grill and for dust t be cleared from lights in food pickup area. It also ordered a stain be cleaned from a table. A Dec. 10 reinspection found issues from Nov. 29 had been cleared, but inspectors ordered the repair of an air conditioning vent in a kitchen. They also ordered the cleaning of a bar area, floors and a hand washing sink. A Dec. 13 reinspection found no issues.

Burger King, 881 Moody St.: No issues found during a Nov. 29 inspection.

The Gaff, 467 Moody St.: No issues found during a Nov. 27 inspection. 

Erawan of Siam, 409 Moody St.: No issues found during a Nov. 20 inspection.

Playmakers Sports Bar, 342 Moody St.: A Nov. 20 inspection ordered the cleaning of ceiling vent, cleaning behind vents and the cleaning of a walk-in refrigerator. They also found nobody was in charge. 

Bison County, 275 Moody St.: A Nov. 20 inspection found no issues.
Glenn Martin December 16, 2013 at 09:53 PM
The old passive grease trap technology is always a mess. The GRD or grease recovery device are odor free and more importantly almost 100% of the fats, oils, and grease (FOG) does not go down the drain. The restaurants save a lot of money as the GRD's never have to be pumped out . Recovered grease grease is recycled as opposed to going to landfill. see www.greasetrap.ca
Leon December 29, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Ryan - these blogs are stupid. Why publicize common and routine restaurant inspections. It's anti-business and potentially keeping people away from visiting restaurants from these negative headlines. Only in a severe case would it make sense to blog about.
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) December 29, 2013 at 09:01 PM
@Leon, Let's refrain from insults. There are several reasons we publish these. First, despite some not liking the reports, a majority of readers have told me they appreciate seeing them. For them, it's a public service to help them make an informed decision on where to eat. Second, there is nothing routine about inspecting a restaurant when sometimes inspectors find things like rat droppings, as was recently discovered in one Waltham eatery. As for publishing lesser violations - publishing a series of them shows a pattern of whether certain restaurants have a record of following the regulations or not. Also, every restaurant, whether they have a good record or not, at some point incurs a violation. That is just part of being in business. Inspectors find those and the owners fix the issue. That is the whole point of the inspection process. For context, in Los Angeles, restaurant inspection ratings are hanged in the window. We are only publishing information that is readily available to any resident that requests it from the Health Department.
Frosty the Snowman December 30, 2013 at 12:16 AM
@RGD what's your source for this info? Boston has "The Mayor's Food Court" it's a website that lists closing and violations in a very simple and easy to follow format. I think restaurants passing inspections is not news, but if a place fails inspection then it's an article.
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) December 30, 2013 at 12:52 AM
@Frosty, I pick up the reports from the Health Department. They are not posted online. While it may not be "news" that a restaurant passes, don't you like knowing that favorite Waltham eatery is following the rules?
Walthamguy December 30, 2013 at 02:42 AM
Per prior dialog, while restaurant inspections will never be 'exciting news' to anyone, here is my paraphrase of prior favorable comments. It keeps restaurants "on their toes" because they know everyone will soon find out. There was also a meaningful dialog about 'who monitors the inspectors', whereby Ryan investigated and reported that the City rotates the investigators, in other words it also keeps the City "on its toes". --- @Frosty, could you please provide a link to the Mayor's website you mentioned? Thanx
Frosty the Snowman December 30, 2013 at 05:41 AM
@RGD, It's not "news" I come to the Patch for local news, not a list of nearly month old inspection reports of places that passed an inspection or have minor violations. I pulled up a restaurant that was shutdown in Boston, they had roaches in the food, and general roach infestation, that's a news story. @Walthamguy https://www.cityofboston.gov/isd/health/mfc/court.asp , Online Services, you can Search by neighborhood or places you dine at, for actual suspensions check out "Temporary Suspensions of Permits"
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) December 30, 2013 at 09:03 AM
@Frosty, Non-"news" to you is "news" to others.
Christina L December 30, 2013 at 09:20 AM
Personally I love reading these articles. It shows who is keeping up the right protocol for restaurants and who isn't. And is DOES help decide where to eat. Good job Ryan! (Thumbs up)
Raj December 30, 2013 at 12:18 PM
here is a simple solution: if you don't like them , don't read them. It is up to Gatehouse what to post since they foot the bill for the website. It is not cheap ( or easy for that matter) maintaining a decent website.
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) December 30, 2013 at 12:36 PM
@RJ Patch is NOT affiliated with Gatehouse. We wish Gatehouse the best of luck.


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