Steve Arentz’s name has been at the top of the list of the county commissioner candidates the Waterman/Developer Cartel is promoting. He was the only one of their candidates, with opposition, to win in the primary race.
Mr. Arentz is conveying to the voters that his greatest qualification to be a Queen Anne’ County Commissioner is his business experience. He gives this as the main reason they should support him. However, careful, factual examination of public records of his businesses should give the voters genuine apprehension about Arentz.
Mr. Arentz , along with his wife Biana, own and operate Hemingway’s Restaurant and Lola’s Sunset Grill. They also own property at 205 Tackle Circle and have operated establishments there under the names of Chester River Inn, Decoys, Sarah’s and Land & Sea Caterers, LLC. Their health department records reveal frightening facts.
The following is a list of those health inspections, complaints and photos for you to examine:
Click here for 8/18/99 inspection – floor damage, hand sinks blocked or unusable, food kept at improper temperatures, missing thermometers, food uncovered, dirty floors, freezer and refrigerators, reinspected 9/30/99 and only 40% of the problems were corrected, had to be reinspected again 10/29/99, floors still bad.
Click here for the year 2000 inspection - Forced to discard "brown, unlabeled, undated meat". The words filthy, dirty, disrepair occur frequently. Missing thermometers. Previous problems are repeated.
Click here for the 2001 inspection - "filthy" used 4 times, "dirty" used 7 times, "disrepair" 5 times, as well as "need to clean", utensils on the floor, raw meat stored above other foods, inspector demands to know when floor will be repaired.
Click here for the 2002 inspections - more repeats of previous years. Several re-inspections needed.
Click here for the 2003 inspections - same repeated problems. Floor getting worse. Add roaches to the long list of violations.
Click here for the 2004 inspections - Chef is GROSS, add ants to the list of repeated problems.
Click here for the 2006 inspection - Authorities have had enough. Hemingway's forced to close. Employees call in complaints as they are worried about their working conditions. Initial inspection is 12 pages. Uses the word "filthy" 5 times, "needs to clean" 21 times, ant and roach infestation, improperly kept food ordered discarded.
Click here for various customer complaints - These speak for themselves. Given the conditions of the establishment, these are not surprising.
Click here to see Chester River Inn inspections, operated also as Decoys, Sarah's, and Land & Sea Caterers - Very similar problems to Hemingway's only with the addition of rats, inspections show rusty equipment, floors and walls filthy, filthy equipment in disrepair, thermometers missing, food items ordered to be destroyed: crabmeat, chicken wings, eggs, heavy cream, squid, creamers.
Below is one of the photos taken by the State Health inspector at Chester River Inn. If you want to see more click on the photo (not for the squeamish)
Restaurant ownership is an enormous responsibility. It is important to ensure that the food provided is consistently fresh and that the environment in the entire establishment is clean and well kept, protecting the health and safety of patrons and employees alike. If you patronized one of Mr. Arentz’s enterprises, you expected a safely prepared meal with fresh, properly kept ingredients. You didn't expect food kept at unsafe temperatures, in dirty refrigeration often in disrepair, and prepared in filthy conditions. Nor did you anticipate that you were patronizing facilities with mold, roach, ant and rat problems.
Steve Arentz’s operation of his businesses show both neglect and disregard for public safety with his repeated health violations. This demonstration of his character could lead to the conclusion that Arentz's belief system endorses the pursuit of the dollar at any price. This just happens to correspond with the philosophy of the Waterman/Developer Cartel.
Fortunately, the Cartel’s belief system doesn’t happen to reflect the values of the citizens of Queen Anne’s County.
We must vote carefully and avoid the remaining “Waterman/Developer Four.