Restaurant Report: August 19

By Heather Sullivan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Chesterfield Health Department told a Mexican restaurant to come up with a plan to fix some violations.

El Pulgarcito at 6019 Belmont Road in Chesterfield had 4 critical violations. The report says the ice machine storage bin and deflector were soiled to sight and touch. After the restaurant had 4 total critical violations on two follow-up inspections, the Chesterfield Health Department says the restaurant is now following an action plan to prevent violations and El Pulgarcito's owner tells us all violations have been corrected.

In Richmond, Buz and Ned's Real Barbecue at 1119 North Boulevard had 4 critical violations, interrupting a streak of perfect inspections. The report says the restaurant does not have an approved HACCP plan for when they vacuum seal some foods. Owner Buz Grossberg tells us, "We have been doing it for 18 years without a glitch or a problem."

But because the health department requires a HACCP, or Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point, plan, which helps ensure the prevention of botulism, Buz says they bought the $4500 monitoring equipment to make sure it's done right. Said Buz, "You have to have a system where you can record all the refrigeration data, of the highs and lows and fluctuations you might have in your refrigerator."

Buz says they corrected all violations and are serving up their specialty. He said, "We have a BBQ restaurant that prides itself in serving the only 100% wood cooked barbecue in the entire area."

In Chesterfield, Cici's Pizza at 12100 Bermuda Crossroads Lane had 5 critical violations. The report says plates and cups were observed soiled to sight and touch and the facility needed cleaning to eliminate a pest problem.

Cici's sent us a statement saying, "At Cici's Pizza, cleanliness and food safety are top priorities. When the concerns were brought to our attention, we immediately took action to address each one and implemented more stringent policies for routine cleaning and labeling. A follow-up inspection showed the restaurant was 'thoroughly cleaned,' and we remain committed to the highest food and safety standards."

The Richmond Health Department gave its Food Star Award to Mexico Restaurant at 7001 Forest Hill Avenue for exemplary inspections. Reacted operator Maria Garcia, "We care for our customers and that's why we have to show it."

Added co-owner Dawn Flores, "It's also a management style. They work together like a family. Everybody's motivated and they help each other get their job done."

Other restaurants the Richmond Health Department recognized include Chipotle Mexican Grill in Stony Point and Chick-fil-A on North 13th Street.

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