October 29: Restaurant Report

By Heather Sullivan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - You've probably enjoyed some pizza at one well known restaurant. After getting some critical violations on a health inspection, now this pizza joint in the Bottom is earning scores at the top.

Bottoms Up Pizza at 1700 Dock Street. This popular landmark has been getting good health inspection scores and serving up pizza for nearly 20 years. Said general manager Charlie Lichter, " It's gourmet pizza. Our secret is that it's a thick yet light and airy dough. Just a wonderful product."

After getting 8 critical violations on a state health inspection, Lichter brought a health inspector back in to re-train the staff. "What we did is we had a safety class. Inspector Hill from the Health Department came and personally gave a class for the kitchen staff."

Lichter showed us that they rebuilt the bar so old wood wouldn't attract pests. "This old beer trough had started to get compromised so we took it out and started to give it more attention."

And they reorganized the fridge so all the foods are dated and stored properly. Said Lichter, "We're very serious about putting out a quality product to Richmond, and that includes not just the quality of the product, but the safety and reliability on how it's prepared."  Violations were corrected during the inspection.

In Chesterfield, Italian Café at 1358 Sycamore Square had 4 critical violations. The report says an employee bussed dirty dishes, then resumed food preparation without washing hands. One violation was corrected during the inspection. A follow-up report is not yet available.

In Hanover, Thai Gourmet Restaurant at 9555 Kings Charter Drive had 4 critical violations. The inspector observed some utensils were soiled to sight and touch. All violations were corrected during the inspection. A follow up inspection has not yet been completed.

Where can you find flowers sitting on tables at a fast food restaurant? At this week's Hall of Fame winner, Taco Bell at 9420 West Broad Street, after five perfect health inspections in a row.

What's their secret to earning such good scores? Said manager Duane Ross, "We stay in line with our check list and do everything the right way, which is the first way, the right way."

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