July 30: Restaurant Report

By Heather Sullivan - bio | email
Posted by Phil Riggan - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - From rodent and insect droppings to employees with soiled hands, you won't like what you hear in some recent local restaurant health inspections.

But you will like that these local restaurants have corrected their violations.

Sometimes -- when the food is good -- it attracts more than customers. That's what happened to a local cafeteria that serves hundreds of state employees.

But the restaurant owner says he's exterminated the problem.

Jimmy Cunningham's glaucoma doesn't stop him from serving up specials. He opened this cafeteria in the VDOT building in Richmond with the help of the business opportunties for the blind program.

"It gives us the opportunity to be business owners," Cunningham said.

Three hundred Virginia Department of Transportation Workers motor in for breakfast and lunch -- especially on Taco Tuesday.

"They say the food is great," he said.

But a state health inspector says the tasty meals also tempted rodent and insect activity during an inspection June 2. Cunningham says pests tend to come with a 50-year-old building. He says he has pest control in every month.

"We're working to try to keep that to a minimum or get rid of it all together, in all honesty," he said.

So you feel like the situation's been curbed? "It's very much under control, yes," he added.

The cafeteria received three other critical violations for keeping some food at improper temperatures, not properly dating some foods, and containers of cleaning chemcials not properly stored. The report says these violations were corrected during the inspection, and VDOT cafeteria has received a clean report on two prior inspections.

In Emporia, the health inspection report says Shoneys Restaurant at 1201 Lawrence Road received 7 critical violations, including "food employees observed with soiled hands and arms." four violations were corrected during the May 11 inspection, and the manager says employees have been re-trained and corrected the others violations.

Also in Emporia, Carolina BBQ and Chicken at 500 West Atlantic received 5 critical violations during its May 19 inspection. The inspector wrote one problem was banana puddings stored under leaking condensation lines. All five violations were corrected during the inspection and a follow up inspection the next day showed a clean report. The owner says he's changed managers since then.

And Tokyo Shogun in the food court in the Chesterfield Towne Center mall received 5 critical violations on May 22. One was for cooked egg, crabmeat, and mixed vegetables holding at improper temperatures. Tokyo Shogun had no violations on a follow up inspection June 2.

This week's NBC12 Hall of Fame Award goes to Capital Ale House on Village Place Drive in Midlothian for three perfect inspections. Executive chef Michael Carragher says their focus is safety.

"Most of our managers, including the front of the house managers are all serve safe certified," he said.

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