June 3: Restaurant Report

By Heather Sullivan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Some restaurants had to make some fast changes to correct critical violations on their state health inspections. But a local chain of restaurants is celebrating 80 successful years of business by keeping things exactly the same.

At the Subway restaurant inside Walmart at 14501 Hancock Village Street in Chesterfield, the Subway staff is used to serving a lot of sandwiches fast and have earned good health inspections in the past.

But this Subway had 4 critical violations on a recent inspection, including that two containers of medication were on the food prep table. Subway Manager Jay Patel says now he makes sure staff keeps their food and personal items outside the kitchen. Said Patel, "They always have to wait outside in the dining area and eat and drink there."

Patel showed us that violations were corrected during the inspection. Said Patel, "We always have good inspections but this was carelessness of employees or something so I think its been taken care of. You can see the store is very nice and clean."

In Henrico, CiCi's Pizza at 7516 West Broad Street had 4 critical violations. The report says time was not tracked for pizza prepped and on wall racks. All violations were corrected for a perfect score on the follow-up inspection.

CiCi's sent us a statement saying, "Our number one priority is to provide our guests with a safe, healthy environment to enjoy with their families. We appreciate that the issues were brought to our attention and corrected the infractions within hours of the inspection. We always expect food and safety standards to be exceeded in our restaurants and will continue to use frequent daily audits to ensure the highest standards are upheld."

Also in Henrico, Shoney's at 8415 West Broad Street had 4 critical violations, including that trays used for baking potatoes were very oily, even after going through the dish washing machine. All violations were corrected in the follow-up inspection.

In Chesterfield, TBBQ Vietnamese Cuisine at 4412 West Hundred Road had 4 critical violations. The inspector noted that a food employee failed to wash their hands before engaging in food preparation. Violations were corrected during the inspection. The restaurant earned a perfect score on a follow-up inspection a week later.

In other restaurant news, Bill's Barbecue is celebrating 80 years of service this week. 8 restaurants in the Richmond area have all run by one family. Said President Rhoda Elliott, "My aunt actually started Bill's and then Daddy bought it from her and moved it to Richmond."

What's their secret to success? They say good service and their staples, pork barbeque sandwiches, chocolate pie and limeade.  Said Elliott, "People will come in and say, 'I was here 30 years ago, 40 years ago. I grew up here 60 years ago. It tastes exactly the same today as it did at 30, 40, 50 years ago.' That's the best compliment we can receive."

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