LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) – The historic Steel Trolley Diner in Lisbon is closed due to numerous health code violations.
Inspectors found more than two dozen violations during their inspection Wednesday. Many of them were repeat offenses and one was considered critical.
WKBN 27 First News obtained a copy of the inspection. There were food items without date marks and salad dressings being used after the “use by” date. Inspectors also found utensils in rusty metal trays, restrooms without self-closing doors, mouse droppings, dead mice and insects, according to the report.
Lorie Barnes, environmental director for the Columbiana County Health Department, said her staff has been to the restaurant at least once a month since April. Officials met with the owners to discuss the reoccurring problems.
“We did receive some complaints about visually seeing rodents in the facility and insects. We did verify those,” Barnes said.
Amy Owsley of Kensington said she wasn’t surprised to hear the restaurant was shut down. She and her family ate at the Steel Trolley Diner last year and didn’t like what they saw.
“It was greasy. You could tell that they didn’t clean. When you walked on the floor it was so greasy,” Owsley said.
Right now, there is a sign hanging on the door of the restaurant that reads: Closed for repairs. See you soon.
Barnes said it’s very uncommon to have to shut a business down.
“I have not closed a food service. Most of the time we came to some sort of resolutions,” Barnes said.
Columbiana County Health Commissioner Wes Vins said a lot of work needs to be done at the restaurant before it can reopen.
Owners Jacki Hersman and her son Ryan Hillman did not return our calls seeking comment about the closure.
The Steel Trolley Diner has been a Columbiana County landmark for more than 65 years.