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Dirty Dining: New Dragon Buffet

By Darcy Spears. CREATED Feb 5, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Buffet restaurants seem to have a tough time with the Southern Nevada Health District. The one on this week's Dirty Dining is no exception.

This week's report begins where many Dirty Dining's have begun before. With roaches. Lots of roaches. Multiple, multi-generational roaches throughout the entire facility at New Dragon Buffet on North Nellis.

Action News spoke to Owner Eric Chung about their creepy crawly problem, "The daytime, they keep coming out, the customers see it."

"What do customers say when they see a cockroach running through the buffet?" asked Darcy Spears. "Oh! They so pissed off. So mad," said Chung.

He blames their former pest control company and said their new one is sealing gaps and replacing baseboards to prevent the roaches from coming in.

New Dragon Buffet's 37-demerit "C" grade was also the result of some really dirty conditions.

Inspectors found heavy grease build-up from floor to ceiling. Excessive debris on the walls, the hand sink faucet handles, a scoop and a knife.

"That's not a clean kitchen," said Darcy. "The thing is because we short a lot of people on that moment. But now is already correction," said Chung.

Putting it bluntly, Chung said, "We totally screwed up."

The ice machine is a prime example of that, black mold and pink slime. "Yes. That's been taken care of already," said Chung.

Inspectors found a ton of food at improper temperatures. From cooked chicken and beef to cut melon and tapioca pudding.

"They thought we leave it outside and nobody care. No. We do care."

All of it had to be discarded.

Chung said the food temperatures were all safe, but a language barrier prevented his employees from explaining that to inspectors.

"We have three new employees. We have not enough time to train them yet."

Chung said he's working hard to change all that.

"These are the health district's pictures. You've got those hung up," said Darcy. "Yes, I hang up all those, just keep reminding people. Take a look every day," answered Chung.

The imminent health hazard closure this week was the Rika Arepa Express mobile truck at the Springs Preserve. It was shut down by health inspectors because it didn't have hot water.

New Dragon Buffet was shut down Wednesday morning after failing its re-inspection. 

The Rika Arepa food truck quickly fixed their problem and reopened the same day with a zero-demerit "A."

Darcy Spears

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Darcy Spears is currently the Chief Investigative Reporter for Action News.