Four of the town’s eateries will have to be re-inspected following the health department’s inspections for the fourth quarter of 2012.
Three restaurants were tied for the quarter’s high score — Lombardi’s in West Redding, and Mini Vinny’s and The Olive Market, both in Georgetown, each earned a score of 97. The Olive Garden received the highest score during the third quarter with a score of 100.
The inspections are done by Barry Bogle, a health officer in Darien who works part-time for Redding and does the inspections on weekends.
Every inspection is a snapshot, said town Health Officer Doug Hartline, explaining that every time the inspector goes into a restaurant, its personnel must demonstrate they are meeting the requirements of the public health code.
Quarterly inspection reports are based on a 100-point scoring system devised by the state health department. Restaurants must receive a score of 80 to pass. Violations range from one to four points. The way scoring is done, there is only one subtraction per violation. For example, having food uncovered is a two-point violation regardless of the number of times the violation occurs.
If there are a lot of two-point violations and “definitely” with four-point violations, a re-inspection is in order, said Mr. Hartline.
He cautions that scores “are not necessarily a good indicator for a restaurant’s cleanliness.” A score of 96 could result from a four-point demerit, “which could be cause for potential closure and for a re-inspection,” he said, “and yet a restaurant with a lower score might have been from one-point violations.”
Mr. Bogle inspected early in the quarter, so re-inspection scores are not yet available. Restaurants requiring re-inspection this quarter are New Station House, Luca Wine Bar, Redding Ridge Market, and Redding Roadhouse.
The 2012 fourth-quarter scores are as follows. In parentheses are the third-quarter scores. Re-inspections are denoted with a capital R.
Country Diner, 95 (95)
Lombardi’s (Redding), 97 (96)
Lombardi’s (Georgetown, under construction), (97)
Lumberyard Pub, 95 (94)
Mini Vinny’s, 97 (98)
New Station House, 90R (85, 96R)
Olive Market, 97 (100)
Luca Wine Bar, 89R
Rancho Alegre, 93 (90)
Redding Ridge Market, 92R (96)
Redding Roadhouse, 80R (95)
Thali, 96 (96)