By: Don Shaw email: (570) 543-2961

19 violations, US 30 Diner in York, (formerly Lee’s Diner, formerly Vicky’s Diner) like the others fails restaurant inspection

19 violations, US 30 Diner in York,  (formerly Lee’s Diner, formerly Vicky’s Diner) like the others fails restaurant inspection

York, PA


US 30 Diner in York, formerly Lee’s Diner, formerly Vicky’s Diner

York, PA 17408
(717) 793-9889

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services conducted a retail food inspection on October 3, 2019. This inspection was required as part of a change in owner at this location, formerly Vicky’s Diner and, before that Lee’s Diner. As a result of that inspection, and due to the severity of the specific violations the US 30 Diner in York was cited as being, “Out of Compliance” with Pennsylvania’s food safety regulations. It’s notable, due to the change in ownership, the restaurant was aware the state would be inspecting the restaurant.

This location has a storied history of problems failing to meet state regulations.

The inspector made the following comments in support of the violations found during the inspection:

  • The Person in Charge did not demonstrate adequate knowledge of the PA Food Code as evidenced by incorrect responses to food safety questions.
  • Screen door located in the rear dry stock area of the food facility has a gap(at the bottom) and does not protect against the entry of insects, rodents, and other animals.
  • Food employee observed in kitchen area, with soiled outer garments that may contaminate food and/or food equipment
  • Observed food(bacon) stored uncovered within kitchen underneath bottom shelving cleaning brushing and pads where it is subject to soil, splash, dirt, dust debris at the time of inspection.
  • Entire kitchen and rear stock area flooring of the food facility is extremely dirty, dusty, and in need of cleaning.
  • Food Employee sanitizer test strips or test kit to determine sanitizer concentration is expired with a date of November 2015.
  • Potato fry cutter, a food contact surface, was observed to have old caked on food residue and was not clean to the sight and touch.
  • Observed numerous food items within walk-in cooler stored open with no covering.
  • Commercially processed refrigerated, ready to eat(Cheeses sliced ham), time/temperature control for safety food, located in the kitchen area refrigerator unit, and held more than 24 hours, is not being marked with the date it was opened.
  • Refrigerated ready to eat miscellaneous foods items(beef, rice, boiled eggs and other misc food products), time/temperature control for safety food prepared in the food facility and held for more than 24 hours, located in the kitchen area refrigerator unit, is not being date marked
  • Observed hand washing sink within kitchen area, non-food contact surfaces not cleaned at a frequency to preclude accumulation of dirt and soil all around handles and spout.
  • Observed floor tiles within the kitchen area is cracked / roughened / missing and is not a smooth, easily cleanable surface at the time of inspection.
  • Food storage containers, on shelving and inside of refrigerator units, not labeled with the common name of the food.
  • Facility does not have written procedures for employees to follow when responding to an event involving vomitus or fecal matter discharge onto surfaces within the facility.
  • Observed wet wiping cloths on prep tables located within kitchen area, not being stored in sanitizer solution.
  • Food facility does not employ a certified food employee as required.
  • Food facility doesn’t have a manager/employee who occupies the food facility with a food safety certification(ServSafe) at the time of inspection. Facility has ninety(90) days to obtain or register with a food safety certification course.
  • Large accumulation of standing water within the dry stock area. Water free flowing constantly from tubing of ice machine.
  • Mechanical ware washing equipment having a large build up of filth and food residue around the top area of doors, and in need of immediate cleaning at this time.
  • Observed old unused equipment stored in the warewashing, dry stock and basement areas, should be removed from food facility at this time.



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There are over 26,000 eating and drinking establishments in Pennsylvania, and thousands more convenience stores,  grocery stores and schools required to be inspected by the Department of Agriculture and, in some cases, local government entities at least once a year. Out of more than 2,000 inspections each month only about 150 are found to be, “Out of Compliance.”

Violations leading to the Out of Compliance designation are more critical violations. Establishments can score a number of lower level violations without achieving the Out of Compliance designation.