December 10: Restaurant Report

By Heather Sullivan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Cleaning and sanitizing were at the top of the list for some local restaurants who had critical violations on state health inspections. Here's a look at what was wrong and how they fixed it.

In Henrico, Shish Kabob Inc at 3417 Old Parham Road is serving up the favorite flavors of India and Pakistan and has a loyal following of regular customers.

Shish Kabob had 4 critical violations, including that food contact equipment was not being sanitized. Restaurant co-owner Nazru Islam says they had run low on bleach and he went right out and bought more.

Islam says they correct any issue that comes up in an inspection right away, such as adding more ice to the buffet and retraining staff to keep their drinks covered. Said Islam, "If she finds something wrong, she waits and we correct it."

A follow up inspection report is not yet available.

Also in Henrico, Red 88 Buffet at 4501 South Laburnum Avenue had 5 critical violations. The report says the slicer was not clean or sanitized after use. Violations were corrected during the inspection. Red 88 earned a perfect score on a follow up inspection.

Moving to Chesterfield, American Diner at 11001 Midlothian Turnpike had six critical violations. The inspector says due to improper operation of a sanitizing machine, equipment and utensils are not sanitized after cleaning. The manager tells us violations were corrected during the inspection. A follow up report is not yet available.

And in Richmond, Croaker's Spot at 119 East Leigh Street had 5 critical violations, including many fruit flies observed when door was removed at an ice tea station due to grime and debris. Violations were corrected during the inspection. The restaurant had 3 critical violations on a follow up inspection, then a perfect score on a second follow up.

This week's NBC 12 Hall of Fame Award goes to McDonald's of MCV at 1200 East Marshall Street in Richmond. Said Dave Traub, Greater Richmond area McDonald's owner/operator, "We employ a system called zone management where each manager is responsible for a specific area of the restaurant in terms of overall cleanliness of that restaurant."

This fast food restaurant has earned perfect scores on their last 4 state health inspections. Said Traub, "The community expects that they can come here and get a quality meal in a safe environment and we take that commitment very seriously."

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