October 22: Restaurant Report

By Heather Sullivan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Some popular restaurants are in this week's Restaurant Report for getting some critical violations on their state health inspections. They all threw open their kitchens to show us everything has been corrected.

Knickers Restaurant at The Hollows Golf Club at 14501 Greenwood Church Road in Montpelier wants you to feel at home. Said new co-owner Andy Bemis, "It's all pretty much home food. Spoon bread, green beans, great steak, seafood."

When it received 6 critical violations, Bemis tells us, "We fixed them right on the spot. We want to do things right."

Bemis says he personally makes sure everything is done right. "We want to keep everybody healthy. I eat in here everyday, too!"

All violations were corrected during the inspection. A follow-up state inspection report is not yet available.

In Henrico, Grandpa Eddie's Alabama Ribs & BBQ at 11129 Three Chopt Road has a history of good health inspection scores and is a barbecue state champion. Owner Carey Friedman showed us a signature dish, "These are the best chicken wings in Richmond. Nobody does them like this."

When Grandpa Eddie's got 4 critical violations on a state health inspection, Friedman says they were minor problems that were immediately corrected. "It's all been fixed," said Friedman, showing us a refrigeration unit. "We lowered this so it's right on the cold plate, so it's nice and cold and we check our temperatures regularly."

The restaurant earned a perfect score on a follow-up state inspection. Said Friedman, "There is always a manager on premises that is 'Serve Safe Certified,' so that we're sure that everything is being done properly."

In Chesterfield, Valentino's Italian Restaurant at 8809 Jefferson Davis Highway had 8 critical violations. The report says a food employee failed to wash their hands before food preparation. Valentino's had no critical violations on two state check-ups and the restaurant has received perfect scores in the past.

This week's NBC 12 Hall of Fame Award goes to Long John Silvers at 7531 Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield. This fast food fish restaurant has earned perfect scores on its last five health inspections.

Manager Kevin Rice tells us their secret is to "just practice good washing habits, make sure we pay attention to the quality of the food. If we wouldn't eat it, we don't want the customers to eat it."

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