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Macaroni Grill to Pay $20K in Fines After Failing Health Inspection

The restaurant had 41 violations during the last inspection.

The Macaroni Grill failed a routine health inspection last December with 31 violations, according to Health Department Director Ruth Clay. The restaurant will pay $20,000 in fines. 

During a routine health inspection on Dec. 18, Macaroni Grill had 31 violations including six critical violations and 25 non-critical violations.

According to the inspection report from December, the critical violations were listed as "violations related to foodborne illness" and the six marked included:

  • separation/segregation/protection
  • food contact surfaces cleaning and sanitizing
  • good hygienic practices
  • prevention of contamination from hands
  • hand-wash facilities
  • hot and cold holding

Debris and grime in other areas including the ice maker, food debris in floor drains, several missing thermometers and vents not working in the restroom were listed as some of the non-critical violations.

Clay reported that the restaurant already "fixed" the violations.

We will continue to inspect twice a year, Clay said, and the restaurant will pay the $20,000 in fines.

The restaurant was almost suspended last month at a hearing, but according to Clay, the eatery was never shut down. 

This is not the first time the restaurant has failed an inspection. According to a timeline from the Health Department, the grill failed a routine inspection with three critical and 10 non-critical violations in December of 2010. They failed an inspection again in June of 2011 with seven critical and 26 non-critical violations and in December of 2011 with seven critical and 35 non-critical violations. The board required that they hire a private food consultant in May of 2012, but that did not prevent them from failing their last inspection in December.

The restaurant management declined to comment on this issue.

Bill January 16, 2013 at 11:30 AM
Who decides where the $20K is allocated? Maybe we can start buy buying some of the basic supplies that are constantly being requested by school administrators and teachers (ie Kleenex and #2 pencils for classrooms). Enough already!!
SharonG January 16, 2013 at 02:08 PM
3 strikes you should be out! That's appauling!!
SharonG January 16, 2013 at 02:11 PM
...appalling!!
Dave Miskinis January 16, 2013 at 02:33 PM
Not sure I'll be dining at the Macaroni Grill any time soon................yuck!
CommonSenseCitizen January 16, 2013 at 02:37 PM
In other news, ENOUGH PEOPLE STILL EAT AT THE MACARONI GRILL TO KEEP THEM IN BUSINESS. Let that sink in. All these health code failures, and people still utter the words, "Hey, let's go eat at the Macaroni Grill." Voluntarily! Chili's is 50 yards away, as is Bertuccis. Don't get me wrong, they're bottom-feeder options as well, but at least they pass health inspections. Bertucci's kitchen is visible to its patrons, too. Who knows what's happening behind the scenes at Macaroni Grill. I sense a lot of scooping from troughs, nose wiping, ass scratching, and filth-wallowing. People, it's red-sauce Italian. Finding that north of Boston is like trying to find sand at the beach-- just walk through most neighborhoods and it sticks to you. You'll somehow end up carrying containers of the stuff handed to you by well-meaning grandmothers. Going to this restaurant is essentially saying, "I like my italian food the same way I like my dinner reservations: ill-prepared." Please, for the love of god, stop. Go elsewhere. Make the place roll over and die like the last line-cook who sampled the veal.
Whitney January 16, 2013 at 08:59 PM
And to think people actually pay -- well above what the food cost is -- to eat there, and then they tip the wait-staff for gross, disgusting and unhealthy behavior. Three words: ick, ick, ick. I'm so glad I cook at home.
Daniel Iknaian January 17, 2013 at 04:10 AM
Well if people in town are still going there to eat then its going to stay in business. if you don't support it then say goodbye, and with 6 critical violations... yikes...
Susan January 17, 2013 at 11:02 PM
Disgusting! You won't find me there.
SharonG January 18, 2013 at 12:23 AM
Funny thing I went there once since it's been open and my stomach did NOT like it one bit...never went back. Now I'm glad I never did!
lisa patches January 18, 2013 at 03:13 AM
Me and a friend almost ate there, but the line was out the door. we went down the road a bit to South of the Boarder and my stomach paid me back all night for it!!

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