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September 10: Restaurant Report

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Keeping dishes clean. That's what inspectors emphasized to some restaurants in this Restaurant Report. These restaurants say they expect clean scores on their future inspections because of changes they made.

The Chesterfield Diner at 11306 Hull Street Road has been serving up its signature burgers since 1958. Said co-owner Max Inman, "Everything here is all home cooked. The desserts are home cooked."

When the Chesterfield Diner received 6 critical violations on a health inspection, new owners Max Inman and Mickey Smith were determined to earn a perfect score. Said Inman, "We had a sit-down meeting and went over everything that needed to be done to see about correcting the problem."

They bought a new dishwasher that sanitizes the dishes, moved the mops, and set up the sinks for easy hand washing. Said Inman, "If you need a paper towel, need to wash your hands quite often, which they are doing quite often, everything is available for them to use."

When the inspector returned six days later, he gave the Chesterfield Diner a spotless score. Said Inman, "He was very pleased with the corrections we had made."

Moving to Richmond, City Dogs at 1316 East Cary Street had 5 critical violations, including no or a low concentration of sanitizer in the basin. All violations were corrected during the inspection. In City Dogs' next inspection, it had two critical violations, which were also corrected on the spot. The manager says they simply had to fix their cooler.

And in Henrico, Tony's Italian Restaurant at 3409 Cox Road had 4 critical violations. The report says employees handled dirty dishes and frozen raw chicken and resumed food service activities without washing hands. A follow up report is not yet available.

This week's NBC 12 Hall of Fame Award goes to Enoteca Sogno at 2043 West Broad Street in Richmond. Owner Gary York tells us about his restaurant, "We put a couple of Sicilian dishes on that are not seen in this area."

This Italian restaurant and wine bar has earned perfect scores on its last 5 health inspections. Said York, "We try to keep the environment nice and clean. It makes it better for everyone, it let's the food shine."

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