February 18: Restaurant Report

By Heather Sullivan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Some very elegant Richmond area restaurants had some critical violations on their state health inspections. But they showed us the problems were immediately fixed.

Stepping into The Phoenician at 4401 West Broad Street in Richmond will transport you to another land. Said owner Naji Kadi tells us, "The atmosphere makes you feel at home. When you first walk in, there's something very comfortable and warm about this place."

This Lebanese restaurant has a history of good health inspections. Said Kadi, "I'm personally very meticulous about hygiene and cleanliness. I overdo it sometimes, based on my opinion, because I really want every corner of the building to be always spotless."

When the Phoenician had 4 critical violations on an inspection, including that some diced tomatoes and egg plant puree were holding at improper temperatures, they were fixed. Said Kadi, "The fridge was low on refrigerant. So we had it serviced and its working just fine now."

Kadi says they make sure food is properly dated and stored, and even updated their menu. Violations were corrected during the inspection.

Also in Richmond, the Tobacco Company Restaurant at 1201 East Cary Street had 4 critical violations. The inspector wrote that beans, pork, potatoes, gravies and sauces in the refrigerator were not properly dated.

The Tobacco Company sent us a statement saying, "Fortunately, we were able to correct all critical violations while the health inspector was still at the restaurant during our January 4 inspection. We, in partnership with the State Health Department, are working diligently to maintain our dedication to excellence, quality, and safety."

And moving to Chesterfield, Triple Eight II at 9813 Chester Road had 4 critical violations. The report says knives and cleavers were stored in an inverted, dirty duck sauce container. Violations were corrected during the inspection. Then Triple Eight II had 2 critical violations on a follow-up inspection, which were also corrected on site.

This week's NBC 12 Hall of Fame Award goes to Dolce Vita at 2401 Colony Crossing Place in Chesterfied. This Italian restaurant has earned five perfect scores in a row.

Said co-owner Tulio Torres, "Dolce vita means sweet life. So we want people to live the sweet life when they're here. We have an open kitchen that gives people that transparency that people expect to know what they're eating."

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