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Health department releases scores

The Bureau/Putnam County Health Department makes routine and unannounced visits each month to various food service establishments in Bureau and Putnam counties to inspect the operation.

Health inspectors use an identical scorecard at each facility, where they check for health code compliance in 45 areas. Each area carries a rating from one to five, with five being the most critical. Inspectors check the entire operations of the facility in 14 different categories, such as food protection, personnel and garbage and refuse disposal.

Beginning with a score of 100 points, the health inspector deducts one to five points for every violation. The final total is the facility’s inspection report score. A passing food inspection score is 65 or above.

At 65, the Bureau/Putnam County ordinance allows the health department to close an establishment, but a score doesn’t have to be that low for the department to close it. It depends on the number of critical and non-critical violations and the type of violations. Certain combinations can create a domino effect for food borne outbreaks.

All inspection reports are a matter of public record and can be seen at the Bureau County Health Department in Princeton.

Bureau County food service evaluations


Jonesy's Ranch House Inc. 80


Azteca Grocery 82


Mendota Golf Club 89


Big Apple Restaurant 83

Lincoln's Princeton Plaza Restaurant 89

Maria's Pizza II 94

Princeton Elks Lodge 1461 93

Princeton Moose Family Center 95

Ye Olde Underground Inn Ltd. 92

Kramer's Chuckwagon and Catering 100

Zum Alten Kautz 92

Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating 100

Spring Valley

Alfano's 84

Las Palmas 73

Old Town Tacos 56

Spring Valley Super Market/Food Service 85

Casey's General Store 86

Happy's Super Station 92

Spring Valley Super Market/Retail 85


Valley Market 83


Green River Country Club 86

Walnut Cafe and Bar 78

DeWaele's Dairy Dreams 98

Walnut Community Food Pantry 94


Wyanet VFW Post 6634 95

Putnam County food service evaluations


Ali's Pantry 85


Rolando's Inc. 93

Samm's Bar and Grill 85

Vic's Tap 99


J.R.'s Chicago Street Pub 96

Evaluations conducted Aug. 1 through Aug. 31

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