September 16: Restaurant Report

By Heather Sullivan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - We begin this Restaurant Report at a popular lunch spot where you may have eaten.

The meats and cheeses are flying at Jersey Mike's Subs at 4500 Commonwealth Centre Parkway in Chesterfield. Said General Manager Billy Steele, "They're made fresh, cut fresh, everything is made in-house."

Steele says he personally made sure everything was done right after the restaurant had 5 critical violations on a recent health inspection, including debris build-up on a can opener blade, cutting boards, and food storage containers. He had those replaced, telling us, "We changed our cutting boards right here, that's the next thing, and then we have new bins."

Steele showed us how they make sure foods are properly dated, cleaning chemicals are safely stored, the meatballs are heated properly, and that the fridge is cool enough. Said Steele, "We got it checked and calibrated ... to make sure it was set at the right temperature.  So it's fixed now."

A follow-up inspection report is not yet available, but the restaurant usually gets better scores. Said Steele, "It's important because it brings people in because they want a clean environment to eat."

In Richmond, Stool Pigeon's at 101 South 15th Street had 4 critical violations. The report says a slicer, food processor, measuring cups, pans, bowls and serving utensils were soiled to sight and touch. But they're not anymore. All violations were fixed on the spot. A follow-up report is not yet available. The General Manager tells us they also replaced a cooler to make sure foods are kept at the proper temperature.

And in Henrico, New Catina at 6215-A West Broad Street had 6 critical violations. The inspector wrote that styrofoam trays of pork, rice, mushrooms and meat were sitting out at room temperature since the day before. These were thrown away and all violations but one were corrected in a follow-up inspection.

This week's NBC 12 Hall of Fame Award goes to Popeye's Chicken and Biscuits at 9961 Hull Street Road in Chesterfield. Popeye's is named for Popeye Doyle, an investigator in the movie "The French Connection." But the state inspector's investigation was easy, no critical violations in more than a year.

Said Keith Hockett with Popeye's, "It's teamwork, teamwork, teamwork, and a good assistant. Make that plural."

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