Sophie's Mexican Kitchen fails health inspection

TUSAYAN, Ariz. -Sophie's Mexican Kitchen was asked to close their doors July 13 after failing a health inspection from Coconino County Department of Health (CCDH).

CCDH Environmental Services Senior Manager Randy Philips said they received a complaint from an individual that had become ill from one of the places they had eaten in Tusayan - Sophie's Mexican Kitchen.

After a full routine inspection, officials discovered that two refrigeration facilities - a walk-in refrigerator and a cold box refrigerator - were considerably out of the correct temperature.

"The foods were between 50-62 F degrees," Philips said. "And because they had nowhere else in the facility to move the food, we had to embargo it and a considerable amount was destroyed."

Some foods were salvageable and allowed to be taken to another restaurant next door, because they hadn't been out of temperature too long.

"At that point we had to ask them to close," Philips said. "They were an imminent health hazard not having any refrigeration facilities, and they did."

On July 14, the Health Dept returned and repairs were made to the refrigeration units. A re-opening inspection was made and the restaurant was allowed to reopen.

Sophie's Mexican Kitchen was fined $188 for the re-opening inspection fee. The Health Department will perform a follow up inspection this weekend.

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