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9/10/2013 11:37:00 AM
Health code violations force closing of buffet restaurant once again
Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Mohave County once again has closed a Chinese food buffet restaurant on Kino Avenue that keeps getting the attention of county health inspectors.

The Mohave County Environmental Health Department ordered the Sushi Buffet restaurant closed Monday after finding eight health code violations. Previously known as Super Buffet and Palace Buffet, this is the second time this year that the restaurant has been closed for health code violations.

According to the department's online restaurant inspection report system, the inspector found live and dead roaches in the kitchen, dining room, sinks, sanitizer buckets and empty buffet insert on the buffet line.

The inspector did note that the manager gave him a receipt for a pest control company that serviced the restaurant on Friday.

He also found: dirty dishes left over from Saturday (the restaurant is closed on Sundays), dirty water left in mop and sanitizer buckets, unidentified bags of meat in the walk-in cooler (an employee indicated it was for his personal use), broken eggs stored with whole eggs, raw meat stored on top of raw vegetables, leftover food that had not been properly dated or had expired, flooded restrooms and the water in the buffet steam tables was not being changed on a daily basis.

The department closed the restaurant, which was operating under the name Super Buffet, in June due to similar health code violations. The restaurant reopened as Sushi Buffet in July with a "Needs Improvement" rating from the health department.

In order to reopen, the restaurant was put on a risk management plan, which required the restaurant owners to have a certified food protection manager at the restaurant at all times and submit weekly cleaning, temperature and sanitizing logs to the department.

A certified food manager is required at all restaurants in Mohave County and is responsible for making sure all health codes are followed.

The restaurant, then known as Palace Buffet, was closed in February and August 2012 for similar health code violations. It reopened in January as the Super Buffet.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013
Article comment by: Jack a Lope

me thinks no problem was actually part of the problem .... take off the dark glasses when you enter the building

Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013
Article comment by: Golden Liberty

I wanted to direct this to Cheryl in Kingman: The last time I was in the restaurant in BHC. that you are referring to, they had roaches all over the bathroom wall. Sorry but it's true. It's truly hard for a restaurant to stay roach free and as long as you can show proof that you have pest control on a monthly basis, the health dept. is satisfied. FYI- humans can get parvovirus B-19 from unsanitary conditions in a restaurant. I did and am way more aware than what I used to be.

Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013
Article comment by: Beth Romelsbacher

Chinese, sushi, Chris? Anyway, what a shame. I used to take out lunch when it was first built. The owners were Chinese and boy could his mother cook. But no one supported the restaurant until it was bought and changed into a buffet. I rest my case.

Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013
Article comment by: vock canyon

I own a house in the area that has been unoccupied for 3 years. no food. I spray regularly, so do the neighbors. For some reason everytime it rains the roaches come in the garage and the patio. No clue how they survive or where they come from. some thing about this area seems to atract them......

Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013
Article comment by: No Problems

If you guys don't like it there- then don't eat there. It's that simple.

I eat at this place all the time- and I have never even got so much as indigestion. People talking nonsense about seeing cockroaches crawling over the buffet line? That is completely ridiculous. I have never seen so much as a fly in this place.

I think there are people who just don't like the food or were rude to- now they are picking on the place, and trying to get them closed down because they personally don't like it.

Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Article comment by: Health Menace Will Just Move on to Another Spot

There should be a national data bank where owner, operators and managers of restaurants are logged where it is proven that they repeatedly operate unhealthy eateries. This way no such business would be licensed. What do you think will happen here - those responsible will just find a new location (be in in our county or elsewhere) and open another eatery. The workers will just find another restaurant to work in.

Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Article comment by: Cheryl in Kingman

You couldn't drag me in there kickin and screamin or starvin to death. No way. They can open it again 1000 times....I won't go there. I know that the one in BHC is clean and the food is good. It's a drive, yes, but at least it's worth it. All these people will do is pull a bait and switch on the Health Department/Permit People and start out as "someone new" only to be the same people all over again. Will it take someone getting really, really sick to see that it needs SHUT DOWN PERMANENTLY????

Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@c'mon really

"this place seriously needs to be torn down,"


"Maybe the fire department could use it for a practice burn."

@proud Kingmanite

"this place should just be condemned"

All good suggestions. The distinctive look of the building will be a constant reminder and taint any future business wanting to use it. Unless a pest control company moves their business into it.


Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Article comment by: Fed up

@ Bob Newhart... Hopefully you're joking! Cleaner? Better? Under new management? NOT on any counts. Still filthy. Still "used" food. Still same owners!! They can "use" as many names as they want, but they're still the same owners!

Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Article comment by: Travelin' Gormet

Ah yes, nothing quite like raw fish at a dirty buffet in the middle of the desert. And how many miles to the next rest area?

Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Article comment by: G Ma

FEAR FACTOR could do a show at this restaurant and just use the creepy crawlies already there .

Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Article comment by: THIS IS AN OUTRAGE

@ Desert Rose

So tell us, how does roach poop taste?

Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Article comment by: Desert Rose

I have been eating at this Buffet since it first opened a few years ago. The owner, Chris, was wonderful. The restaurant was always clean and a pleasant place to eat. I am not sure what happened to Chris and his place but it seems that the place has just gone down hill since. I have never gotten sick eating there or have I ever seen any bugs. I was there just recently when it was called Super Buffet and the manager really gave me the creeps. He wanted my phone number and said he had no friends here and wanted to be friends. He was really a bit pushy. I noticed he was doing the same with some of the other women that looked like they may be single. It's sad that this restaurant can't seem to follow the rules. I did enjoy the food there as it was always hot and fresh, at least when I was there, which was often.

Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Article comment by: Amanda Jones

I think it is time that these dirty people are run out of town....I mean really how many chances are you going to give them...they have proven time and again that they cannot operate a sanitary restaurant....who In their right mind would even go there anymore????

Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Article comment by: kgmn gal

A restaurant by any name --palace, Buffet, Shushi, etc.. That building needs to be "" TENTED" as in covered and FUMIGATED! that type fumigation would take care of roaches and other bugs in the carpet, floor, cracks, crevices, and walls! in as far as placement of foods in incorrect areas, storage, to freeze or not to freeze.. a 100% new crew.. NEW workers that know how to manage and operate the restaurant according to American standards!
A change of name-- is simply not going to cut it!

Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Article comment by: c'mon really

this place seriously needs to be torn down, how many citations does a restaurant really have to get, before they close the doors permanently? Years ago, I went in here and there were roaches on the walls, my family and I walked right out, to never return!!!!

Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Article comment by: No More Palace Buffet

How many times is the health department going to shut this place down before they finally decide enough is enough!
Apparently they ( the owner/manager), don't care or don't understand what is involved in keeping the place clean and up to standards.

Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Article comment by: Observing Kingman

And yet, people still keep going back there to eat!!!

Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Article comment by: EEEWW and EEEWW!

Who eats there? Who would knowingly go into that restaurant and put it's food into their mouth? Maybe the fire department could use it for a practice burn.

Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Article comment by: Yuck! Gross!

YUCK!!!! My family and I will never ever eat there, NO matter who OWNS it!!! Burn it down already!!! .

Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Article comment by: Bob Newhart

I know there is a lot of people upset by this most recent health inspection but...its fixed! In fact, everything is much cleaner, better and under new management!


I loved the first time they got shut down and they had a letter on their door saying "Closed for renovations" or something like that lol.

Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Article comment by: Proud Kingmanite


At this point does anyone else think that this place should just be condemned or at least shut down long-term, bug-bombed to high heaven, and then made available for lease to NEW tenants? Good grief.

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