June 24: Restaurant Report

By Heather Sullivan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - You don't often see a church kitchen on the Restaurant Report. The Third Street Bethel AME church in Jackson Ward feeds the homeless. When the church kitchen received some critical violations, we went to see how they fixed them.

The Third Street Bethel AME Church feeds up to 200 homeless people every week. Said Julia Turner with the church, "The kitchen is primarily used to feed the homeless. And we do that every Wednesday, every month, every year."

The commissary had 4 critical violations on a recent health inspection. The report says live roaches were found in the dishwasher and rodent feces were on the dry storage shelves.

Turner explained that the dishwasher is not used, dishes are washed by hand. She added, "We had an exterminator come in. He comes in every other week and exterminates the entire church and the kitchen and he's done an extermination on that dishwasher."

The church also got rid of some foods that were not chilling at the proper temperature and moved food from a storage area where there was water leak. Said Turner, "We don't use that kitchen, but we've taken the food out and we're putting it in the storage area."

The commissary had all the critical violations fixed in the follow-up inspection.

In Henrico, Bogart's at 443 North Ridge Road in the Tuckahoe area had 4 critical violations. The report says a bucket of salad was stored on the floor uncovered. Violations were corrected during the inspection. A follow-up report is not yet available. We contacted Bogart's, but did not receive comment.

This week's NBC 12 Hall of Fame Award goes to Rudino's Pizza and Grinders, 2228 John Rolfe Parkway, Henrico. This restaurant has aced its last two health inspections and hasn't had any critical violations since 2007. Said co-owner Lisa Lantz, "We're just consistent. We're both kind of neat freaks, all of our employees, I'm here everyday."

Virginia First Lady Maureen McDonnell and other officials visited the Silver Diner on West Broad in Innsbrook as it launched it's Eat Well, Do Well campaign. The restaurant has a new menu made from healthy, Virginia grown products and is donating a portion of proceeds to local schools to help improve nutrition and fitness programs.

Said Silver Diner Chef Ype von Hengst, "Kids four and five years old, you can teach them anything. If you put french fries in front of them, they'll eat french fries. Put tomatoes or a beautiful fruit salad in front of them, they'll eat the beautiful fruit salad."

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