21 Jun New Milford restaurant owner disputes food inspection repor…
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NEW MILFORD — Three establishments are marked as failing their June health inspections in town records.
According to the health department, which posts inspection scores online, Cumberland Farms, Domino’s Pizza and the Cookhouse all received scores higher than the required 80 points but had the same automatic failure for not meeting temperature requirements during storage, preparation display, service and transportation.
Domino’s, at 43 Main St., is listed as having an overall score of 88 out of 100 points.
But owner Brian Lugo said the violation that caused the automatic failure was an error and the pizza sauce at his restaurant was kept at the correct temperature set by Domino’s. In a phone interview Friday afternoon, he said that the New Milford official was incorrect.
Health Director Michael Crespan said the restaurant was not in compliance with the state’s health code, which New Milford follows. He said he is meeting with Lugo on Monday so Lugo can present his case. He said franchises can have their own procedures but need to have those approved.
“We’re perfectly willing to work with restaurant owners,” Crespan said.
Lugo said based on the PH levels, the store is in compliance. “That’s exactly the temperature it should be,” he said.
He said he has never failed a health inspection at this or any other of his nearly two dozen Domino’s stores before.
Restaurants have two weeks to fix code violations, but the health department can reinspect sooner than that if it’s a violation health officials are worried about.
The Cookhouse, 31 Danbury Road, received a score of 85. Kurt Borkin, the restaurant’s manager, said the automatic failure happened because a cooler was not holding the temperature and it was fixed that day.
“I understand how serious the infraction was and we’ve addressed it,” he said.
He said it’s unfortunate the problem happened but added the restaurant has had a good history during its 23 years in town. “I think our reputation stands for itself,” Borkin said.
Cumberland Farms, at 376 Danbury Road, had a score of 92 out of a possible 100 points.
The local store was unable to comment due to company policy and directed inquiries to corporate, which did not immediately return a request for comment.
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