(Orange, Texas)

October 7, 2013

Restaurant closed 2nd time in less than a month

Dawn Burleigh
The Orange Leader

VIDOR — Ming’s Buffet was closed by the health inspector for the second time in less than a month.

Orange County Health Inspector reportedly found two mice and a roach during a field investigation on Tuesday. The restaurant was closed at approximately 2:25 p.m. and given the opportunity to correct the issues prior to reinspection the following morning. The restaurant reopened  on Wednesday after the inspector determined all violations had been corrected.

“Whenever we have problems with a restaurant we try and visit a right after we had a problem and wait a few weeks and recheck the restaurant to make sure that they have kept everything up and it had not fallen back into old habits,” Orange County Health Inspector James Scales said. “We made another inspection because it had been almost a month since we first inspected the restaurant.”

Ming’s Buffet, located at 840 North Main Street in Vidor, was closed Sept. 4 - Sept. 6 after dead mice and sticky traps covered with German roaches were discovered during a health inspection. The restaurant reopened after it was found to be in compliance at that time by the Orange County Health Inspector and the City of Vidor Code Enforcement.

The health code inspector also reinspected Kotoyama to ensure the establishment was staying in compliance after recently having a ‘No Score’ report. Kotoyama, located at 2226 MacArthur Drive in Orange, received a 79 out of a possible 100. The restaurant received demerits for storing onions under raw onions, storing boxes of food on the floor inside the wail-in coolers and freezers and several live and dead roaches found inside the kitchen area. The health inspector noted on the report that a follow-up inspection will be performed.

Sunmart #363/Orange Truck, located at 333 Lutcher Drive in Orange, received a 90 out of a possible 100 during a recent health code inspection. The establishment received demerits for two dead roaches found inside the storage area, floors in the kitchen and prep areas were in need of being cleaned as well as heavy mold was found inside the ice machine.

The health inspector noted the vents at Novrosky’s Restaurant located at 501 North 16th Street in Orange needed to be inspected after discovering ‘lots of smoke’ in the kitchen and dining room. The restaurant received a 94 out of a possible 100 during the inspection. Other demerits were for gnats found at the business and repairs needed at the hand-washing sink and the walk-in cooler.

The following location had zero violations and received a perfect score of 100:

• Dairy Queen

1780 Texas Ave.

Bridge City

• West Orange High School

1400 Newton Street


• Donna’s Childcare

1406 West Park Ave.,


• The Enchanted Cottage

2908 B MacArthur Drive


• Little Cypress Elementary

5725 Meeks Drive


• Little Cypress Jr. High

6765 FM 1130


• Bridge City Intermediate

1029 West Roundbunch Road

Bridge City

• Pine Forest Elementary

4150 North Main Street