Roach problem leads to threat of closure of NE Side Asian buffet

Asian Buffet on Austin Highway gets score of 69

By Dillon Collier - Investigative Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - City health officials issued a failing score and threatened to shut down a Northeast Side Asian restaurant last month after uncovering a long list of issues.

Asian Buffet, in the 1500 block of Austin Highway, received a score 69 and was ordered to go through a reinspection after roaches were found inside a magnetic knife rack.

Dirty cans were also being used to store clean knives and a large accumulation of black buildup was found inside the establishment's ice machine, according to Metropolitan Health Department records.

Officials noted that the restaurant would be temporarily closed if it was unable to remove the presence of roaches.

You can read the full report by searching the Metro Health website.

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District's scoring of food establishments is based on a 100-point demerit system.

The inspection reports, which establishments are required to post in public view, feature a number score at the top and bottom of the front page. A separate placard with the number score and a letter grade (example: 100/A) is also available upon request from the food establishment. Posting the placard is voluntary.

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Score Guide:

  • 100-90 = A (Very Good to Acceptable)
  • 89-80 = B (Acceptable to Marginal)
  • 79 or lower = C (Marginal to Poor)
  • Metro Health indicates that scores of 69 or lower are failing scores.

Here are the latest scores:

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  • Saeb Thai & Noodles, 226 W. Bitters Rd., 73
  • Asian Buffet, 1533 Austin Hwy., 69

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For food establishment complaints in the city of San Antonio, send an email to Metro Health or call 210-207-8853.

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