August 13: Restaurant Report

By Heather Sullivan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -  Fifteen critical violations tonight -- including seven from an NBC12 Hall of Fame winner.

When restaurants receive the NBC12 Hall of Fame Award for perfect health inspections, they often display the award proudly. One local restaurant, the Sino-American Café on Midlothian Turnpike was a previous Hall of Famer. So when they received several critical violations in a recent inspection, they quickly corrected them.

The Sino-American Café at 8710 Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield has had pretty good health inspections since it started serving its chinese buffet in 1996. Said owner Kim Wang, "We do a good job, keep cleaning, good food, we keep customers happy."

But after getting an uncharacteristic seven critical violations in a routine inspection, the restaurant made some changes. Explained Wang, "We do the kitchen every night, the cleaning, everyday clean, the refrigerator, we keep cleaning, every day, every night."

Wang says they replaced their cutting board, made sure employees wash their hands before touching clean dishes, and changed the way they date foods in the fridge for disposition to make sure they're always fresh.

The work paid off. Sino-American Café received a perfect score on a follow up inspection.

In Richmond, Delux at 2229 West Main Street received 4 critical violations. The state report says the meatloaf, rice, and pasta in the refrigerator were not properly dated for disposition. Managers declined our offer to be interviewed, but all violations were corrected during the inspection. A follow up report is not yet available.

In Henrico, Hardee's at 1529 Parham Road had 4 critical violations. The inspector wrote that the baker returned to work after a break without washing hands. All violations were corrected during the inspection and the restaurant received a clean score on a follow up.

The NBC12 Hall of Fame Award goes to Apollo's Restaurant at 9410 West Broad Street in Richmond. Apollo's puts as much into cleaning their kitchen as they put into hand tossing their pizzas.

Said manager Joseph Andarz, "When people go to eat out, they are looking for a safe and healthy place to eat, using fresh ingredients."

Apollo's received perfect scores on not one, but five of their last health inspections. Explained Andarz, "by following the health department and trying to cooperate with them. Thank you for recognizing us!"

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