April 22: Restaurant Report

By Heather Sullivan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - This week's edition of Style Weekly features an article about a new wine bar, Secco, opening in Carytown next week. And why not open a new wine bar? The interest in wine and wine sales are rising nationwide.

We visited the Wine Loft in West Broad Village in Short Pump, an upscale wine bar and restaurant featuring more than 65 wines by the glass and 200 by the bottle. So what's uncorking the growing interest in wine and wine bars?

Said Jeff Ottaviano, owner of The Wine Loft, "People are becoming more educated about wine. Wine is more attainable,price ranges, we can offer you a six dollar glass of wine, we can offer you a sixty five dollar glass of wine. The public has just caught on, not just here in the US, but globally."

You can read more about the new Secco Wine Bar in this week's Style Weekly.

Now for this week's NBC 12 Restaurant Report:

In Chesterfield, Golden Skillet at 7108 Hull Street Road had 4 critical violations. The report says soiled racks and pans from the previous day were used for preparing chicken without being cleaned and sanitized. The restaurant had 4 critical violations on two follow-up inspections, then had no critical violations on a third. Some violations were corrected during the inspections. We asked a manager about the repeat violations. He told us everything has been fixed and is in excellent condition.

Also in Chesterfield, Wah Wah Chinese Restaurant at 8243 Hull Street Road had 4 critical violations. The inspector wrote that knives and cleavers were stored soiled with food debris in the knife rack. Violations were corrected during the inspection. A follow-up report is not yet available. We called the restaurant but have not received comment.

Burger King at 10101 Krause Road in Chesterfield had 6 critical violations. The inspector wrote that an employee arrived to work and went to job duties without adequate hand-washing. The restaurant earned a perfect score on a follow-up inspection a week later. We did not receive comment from the restaurant.

Raise a glass to this week's NBC 12 Hall of Fame Award winner, McCormack's Irish Pub at 12 N. 18th Street in Richmond. The pub has earned perfect scores on it's last two inspections, and has had no critical violations since 2008.

We have a correction to the March 11th, 2010 Restaurant Report. While reporting on the Piccadilly Cafeteria at 8004 West Broad Street in Richmond, we accidentally cited a specific critical violation that was from a state health inspection report for a different restaurant. We apologize for the error.

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