May 13: Restaurant Report

By Heather Sullivan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A restaurant that helps rehabilitate former inmates rehabilitated its health inspection scores, too, by fixing some critical violations on a state health inspection.

Firehouse 15 Cafe and Catering at 3011 Meadowbridge Road serves up home cooking to loyal customers. Said Food and Beverage Manager Steven Gabay, "We do an amazing breakfast business."

It also serves up a second chance for former inmates. "First and foremost is to help ex-convicts re-enter the workforce and re-adapt to life on the outside," said Gabay.

The restaurant had 4 critical violations, including that tuna salad, corned beef, chicken salad, sliced turkey, cole slaw and liquid eggs were cold holding at improper temperatures.

Explained Gabay, "We had a thermometer in the fridge we were monitoring, but apparently that was defective thermometer. The refrigerator was not holding at what the thermometer indicated."

So they had it repaired. "Very pleased to say the unit is working amazingly well," he tells us.

They also started a new system to make sure food in the fridge is properly dated. Said Gabay, "We brought in a day dot system, which gives the specific day of the week that's dated individually."

Firehouse 15 Café & Catering earned a perfect score on a follow-up inspection three weeks later.

In Chesterfield, Bella Pizza Cafe at 20845 Woodpecker Road had 6 critical violations. The inspector wrote that containers of insecticide and boric acid were stored on shelves above the pizza boxes. Violations were corrected by the follow-up inspection two weeks later. We contacted Bella Pizza but did not receive comment.

Also in Chesterfield, China Taste at 1108 N. Courthouse Road had 5 critical violations, including that no employees were observed washing their hands until prompted by the inspector. The restaurant had all critical violations corrected in the follow-up inspection.

This week's NBC 12 Hall of Fame Award goes to Chick-fil-A in the food court in Regency Square Mall. This fast food restaurant has earned perfect scores on its last three inspections. Said Bryan Fletcher with Chick-fil-A, "There's no real secret. You just have to have high expectations."

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