Restaurant Report: Repairs and Cross-Contamination

By: Leah Uko

OMAHA (KPTM) - Stoysich House of Sausage on South 24th Street has a shrine of awards that dating back to the 1980s; but as of late, the restaurant has earned a cautious reputation with the health department.

It has been rated "Fair" twice.

"We got sloppy," said owner, Ken Stoysich.

The place's last inspection in September required a follow up. The restaurant was written up for more than 15 critical and non-critical violations. Two of the violations were for incorrectly labeling its food and needing to provide a plan of how to keep bacteria away from meat.

"They came in, we found out we were doing a little sluggish so we got to shape up and do it right and that's all."

Stoysich and employees are correcting many of these write ups, especially the ones that could affect the food. But he admitted that violations relating to building repairs wouldn't be as easy to tackle.

"Oh we'll keep working on it, but this is a 100-year-old building," Stoysich continued. "You're going to find that in a 100-year-old building. I'm sorry, no matter what you do."

Louie M's Burger Lust Café near 17th and Vinton streets was hit with five critical violations in October when it got a "Standard" rating.

Two of those mark ups dealt with food storage. The restaurant stored raw meat and cleaning chemicals above ready-to-eat food.

Nitehawkes Café was also rated "Standard".

A woman told FOX 42 over the phone that she appreciated visits from the health department because inspectors help keep her and employees in check.