February 25: Restaurant Report

By Heather Sullivan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - We're going outside to start this Restaurant Report for some dining alfresco and to visit a very well known barbecue man.

His name is Art Taylor, but everyone calls him Tex. Said Tex, "People say I'm crazy. Maybe. But I love what I do."

Tex runs Special Occasions, a mobile restaurant. He started serving Texas barbecue after people were flooded out by Hurricane Isabel. Said Tex, "Let me break out the grill and serve people. Somebody people said, 'Let me buy this' and I said hmm, this could work!"

He usually gets good scores on state health inspections, but had 5 critical violations on a recent check, so he quickly fixed them. Said Tex, "It was 27 degrees that day and the wind was blowing and this is a charcoal grill. That's no excuse. It should be at the temperature."

He uses a thermometer to make sure food is cooked just right, showing us temperature gauge, "It gets used quite a bit."

Tex labled his water for the smoker, and makes sure his cleaners are stored separately. And some customers showed us how much they enjoy his barbecue. Said Tex, "I tell them when they leave, I say if you can't stop, honk the horn. So people honk their horn when they see me." Several cars honked as they drove by. "There they go!"

Moving on in Richmond, SoHo at 951 East Byrd Street inside Riverside Plaza had 4 critical violations. The report says chicken, pork, potatoes, and turkey were holding at improper temperatures. All violations were corrected during the inspection.

Over in Henrico, the Rainbow Buffet at 11424 West Broad Street just opened in October. It had 4 critical violations on a state health inspection. The report says raw chicken and fish were above the sea legs salad in the refrigerator. Violations were corrected during the inspection.

Also in Henrico, AMF Shrader Lanes Bowling Center at 8037 Shrader Road had 4 critical violations in their restaurant. The report says the sandwich table had elevated temperatures. Two violations were corrected during the inspection. The manager tells us they take inspections very seriously. They bought a new prep station and say all violations have been corrected.

The Richmond City Health District gave their Food Safety Star Award to Chipotle Mexican Grill at 9200 Stony Point Parkway. The District honors restaurants that earn perfect scores on their health inspections.

Said Donald Stern with the Richmond City Health District, "It's more than just keeping a clean kitchen. The regulations are fairly complex and require a lengthy training of the food service managers, that they are preparing, storing, and serving food in a safe manner."

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