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September 30: Restaurant Report

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Violations range from utensils that were not clean to some food left in open cans in this Restaurant Report. Here's a look at what inspectors found wrong and what the restaurant's did about it.

Starting in Chesterfield, Subway at 6521 Centralia Road had 4 critical violations. The report says an employee entered and went directly to work without adequate hand-washing.

A representative sent us a statement the following statement:

"Since that Inspection, all issues addressed have been resolved. We do not tolerate food safety or health discrepancies in any of our restaurants and require that each store address any issue immediately, should they

arise. We also encourage our customers to let us know if there is a problem and we will address the issue right away.

Furthermore, in addition to regular inspections by local Health Departments, each Subway store is inspected by our regional staff at least once a month.

Subway restaurants are committed to making health and food safety top priorities by setting high standards for each store and providing training to ensure each store reaches those standards. We take pride in what we serve and how we serve our products."

Also in Chesterfield, Southern Star Restaurant at 16801 Jefferson Davis Highway had 5 critical violations. The inspector wrote that some corned beef hash and chili were left in their original opened cans, leaving them unprotected from adulteration or potential contaminants.

All violations were corrected for a perfect score on a re-inspection 5 days later. The owners sent us a statement saying, "Southern Star Restaurant prides itself on its great home cooking and relaxed environment. All violations were corrected the day of the inspection and discussed with all staff to prevent future violations."

In Richmond, Da Vinci at 301 West Brookland Park Boulevard had 4 critical violations, including that tongs, a spatula, and spoons were soiled to sight and touch. All four critical violations were corrected during the inspection. A follow-up inspection report is not yet available. The restaurant did not return our calls for comment.

Come on in to the Moore Street Café at 2904 West Moore Street in Richmond. Said manager Todd Stutzman, "We know everybody by name, we try to get to know all our customers by name."

This week's NBC 12 Hall of Fame Award winner serves up food with an attitude. It has earned perfect scores on several of its last health inspections because it considers the surprise inspections as motivation to keep things clean. Said Stutzman, "A lot of people think it's dreadful when they show up. It's an inconvenience but it's a second pair of eyes on what were doing wrong, or something we need to correct and so forth."

It's time for a Taste of Carytown. The Carytown Merchants Association's Food and Wine Festival is Sunday, October 3 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Proceeds will help beautify Carytown. Go to http://www.carytownrva.org for more information. NBC 12 is a proud sponsor.

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