August 20: Restaurant Report

By Heather Sullivan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - State health inspectors have reminded some local restaurants of the importance of keeping food at the proper temperatures and properly cleaning dishes and utensils. The restaurants in this week's Restaurant Report say they have corrected the violations.

The Wrangler Sports Bar and Grill at 7073 Mechanicsville Turnpike in Mechanicsville serves a signature dish.

"We are famous for our gator bites. We have real alligator from Louisiana. You can get them sauteed or fried," said Owner Theresa Moorman.

Moorman says it's a family-run restaurant, for families.

"Kids eat free with their parents, we have poker, we have pool tables on the other side," Moorman said.

The Wrangler has had good health inspection reports since it opened. So when they received six critical violations on a recent inspection, Moorman said, "My husband and I had a class with all the employees and told them, went through the whole list of everything and told everybody what they needed to do, the proper way."

Signs posted in the kitchen remind staff how to properly store food. And Moorman says employees are taught to clean their knives and utensils every hour. All violations were corrected before a follow up inspection the following day.

In Henrico, Ukrop's Café at 5700 Brook Road received 5 critical violations. The report says the temperature was inadequate in a hot holding display case. Ukrops sent us a statement saying, "The critical violations were corrected as soon as they were brought to the attention of the store associates. ... 14 of the associates in that area have been through re-training on proper food handling techniques." A follow up report is not yet available. (You can read Ukrop's entire statement below.)

In Chesterfield, Top's China at 14203 Midlothian Turnpike received 4 critical violations, including an employee washing dishes with only water. The restaurant received two critical violations in a follow up.

This week's NBC 12 Hall of Fame winner is Texas de Brazil at 1404 North Parham Road in Henrico. This Brazilian style steakhouse has earned perfect scores on all six of it's last inspections.

"It's very important. We want to have a high quality product for all of our guests," said Manager Aaron Wilkins.

Here's is the complete written statement from Jim Madures, Manager of Retail Support for Ukrop's:

"First, I would like to stress that all of us at Ukrop's strive to comply with the regulations and guidelines set forth by the Health Department. We take all regulations very seriously and try to proactively manage these areas to eliminate violations. In the event that there is a concern, we promptly address the violation. In the case of our last inspection at this location, the Critical violations were corrected as soon as they were brought to the attention of the store associates. We coached and counseled the leadership of this store and arranged additional training for the associates in the affected departments. Since the last incident, 14 of the associates in that area have been through re-training on proper Food Handling techniques. The remaining associates have been scheduled to complete this training as well.

Again, we are working diligently to ensure that this and all other of our stores maintain the highest standards in these areas."

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