July 16: Restaurant Report

By Ashley Swann - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - We're in Chesterfield for tonight's Hall of Fame Award. Before we get to that, though, here's a look at this week's critical list which begins with a repeat visit to a Richmond restaurant.

New York Fried Chicken (501 W Broad Street) was the center of controversy earlier this year, when the city's Community Assisted Public Safety Unit shut the restaurant down for a number of business, tax & health department violations. A rash of criminal activity had also plauged the late-night spot. Months later, a health department inspection with six critical violations prompted us to return.

The man who greeted us claimed to be one of two new owners. He said it was a bad time for an interview, but that the violations, which included everything from foods held at improper temperatures to a lack of sanitizer in a sink, had all been fixed.

He said, "Yeah, yeah...if they hadn't been fixed, we wouldn't be open."  When asked if he had any explanation for the problems found that day, the man simply stated, "The past owners."

A follow-up inspection May 26 shows all but one of the critical violations were corrected. From increasing security to improving safety standards, the owner tells us he and his partner are committed to turning people's impressions of New York Fried Chicken around.

"Make it even better for college students. Better food, better quality, better service.  Everything better," he said.

Also in Richmond, Brook Haven (610 Fourqueans Lane) with four critical, including soiled utensils, bowls & plates. The restaurant was cleared of violations 11 days later.

Moving on to Chesterfield, Fu Wah Chinese Restaurant (7451 Midlothian Turnpike) with six critical violations. Among them, raw foods of animal origin stored over ready-to-eat food. A follow-up inspection shows the violations were corrected.

And finally Ma & Pa's Diner (5600 Williamsburg Road) in Henrico with four critical. An inspector reported finding potentially hazardous foods held above 41 degrees. All violations were fixed 8 days later.

Now for tonight's Hall of Fame, our award goes to:  Crab Louie's Tavern (1352 Sycamore Square) in Midlothian for a perfect inspection May 6!