June 18: Restaurant Report

By Ashley Swann - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - 23 critical violations in tonight's Restaurant Report. We start in Chesterfield, where the owner of a busy Indian Restaurant invited us inside the kitchen.

Jimmie Sacher has operated Ruchee Unique Indian Cuisine (9930 Midlothian Turnpike) in Chesterfield for a little over two years. Offering traditional Indian fare & a busy lunch buffet, the restaurant has always had an impressive health inspection record. That is, until May, when an inspector cited them for 8 critical violations.

Sacher says, "We clean everyday, but on that day, she came at the time when we were getting ready for lunch."

Since then, Sacher says all violations have been corrected. Raw food is now stored underneath ready-to-eat foods in the refrigerator, cooked rice is properly cooled, foods are dated for freshness and all surfaces are spic and span.

"We cleaned everything.  Whatever she wanted.  We did the floors.  We did the counter tops.  Everything," says Sacher.

A follow-up inspection confirms what he told us what Sacher told us first-hand, "Everything has been taken care of.  She came again and inspected the place and she was very happy."

Moving on to Henrico, Rivers Ridge (403 North Ridge Road) with 6 critical. An inspector found raw chicken in a handsink drain. A health inspector later cleared the restaurant of all violations.

No.1 New China (34 Dunlop Village Shopping Center) in Colonial Heights also makes the list with 4 critical. Among them, cooked rice found stored at room temperature. A follow-up report has not yet been posted.

And finally, in Petersburg, Bella Pizza Café (20845 Woodpecker Road) with 5 critical violations. Tracking powder pesticides were found to be used in establishment. A follow-up report is not available.

Now for this week's Hall of Fame, our award goes to: Sonic (13900 Raised Antler Circle) in Midlothian for a perfect inspection April 20!