Roaches, rust and thick dust exposed at buffet in Shoney's restaurant

Roach found

A shocker at Shoney's after the Brownsville restaurant on 2355 North Expressway 77 scored the most demerits this week on Food 4 Thought with 24. An inspector found a lot of dust above the buffet and roaches underneath it. Pictures showed mold in the ice machine and rusty equipment. A note on the inspection warned the restaurant how all old and broken equipment needs to be replaced. Management told the Food Patrol that corrections have been made. Buffalo Wild Wings on 1909 West Expressway 83 in Weslaco is a low performer with 22 demerits. The inspector said a lot of little mistakes really added up. The violations during an inspection included: no hairnets, a cross contamination of chicken found on the floor, missing labels on foods and dirty equipment. Buffalo Wild Wings is a former top performer in each of the last 3 years. Assistant Manager Conrad Tanguma explained how the restaurant dropped the ball. "The thing is we hired new people," he told the Food Patrol. "We went through a process where we lost a lot of old employees and have new ones and had to retrain them. It's a little harder for them... but little by little they are." Tai Tung Express on 1100 South Jackson Road in McAllen only scored 9 demerits but one specific violation landed them on the Food Patrol's naughty list--roaches! Small, live ones turned up during an inspection. The Food Patrol tried to question a manager if the insect contamination is still around. "Do you know if the roaches are still here?" Action 4's Ryan Wolf asked. "No," the worker said. She later explained that her boss wasn't around. Wendy's on 2716 Nolana Avenue in McAllen is this week's featured top performer with zero demerits. The Food Patrol awarded Manager Gilbert Perez his second sticker since 2011. He said the restaurant is clean inside and outside. "It's like I was telling my kids over here, the outside has to be as clean as the inside also," Conrad said. "I was just telling them that the other day." You know what the Food Patrol says to that, "Keep it clean!"

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Weekly Low Performer List: (total # of demerits)

BrownsvilleShoney TMs 2355 N Exp 77 (24) *Roaches, Rusty Equipment*

WeslacoBuffalo Wild Wings 1909 W Exp 83 (22, 4) *Cross Contamination, Dirty Equipment*

McAllenTai Tung 1100 S Jackson Rd (9) *Small Live Roaches*

Weekly Top Performer List: (0 demerits)

McAllenWendy TMs 2716 Nolana AveWhataburger 3520 N 10thPoncho TMs 601 Exp 83Yoko TMs Sushi 7001 N 10th

Laguna HeightsReyes Seafood 47807 Hwy 100

San BenitoBurger King 601 S Sam Houston

PharrChurch TMs 6409 S CageStar TMs 204 W Dicker

HarlingenPapa John TMs Pizza 401 S 77Noriega TMs 1501 S H St

EdinburgPapa John TMs Pizza 1723 E University

La FeriaPerez Tortilleria 317 N Main