Restaurant Report: December 16

By Heather Sullivan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The state health department checks to make sure food handlers don't touch raw meat then touch other things in order to prevent the spread of bacteria. Some local restaurants were reminded of that, as you'll see in this Restaurant Report.

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar at 1501 E. Cary Street in Richmond is famous for its wings a lot more. Said assistant manager Shawn Scott, "Buffalo Wild Wings has some of the best wings in the area. We do have a fairly diverse menu. We've got different wraps, salads, a couple of vegetarian items."

After years of good scores, the restaurant had six critical violations, including that an employee handled raw beef patties, then donned a glove without washing their hands. Staff made sure that and other violations were corrected while the inspector was still on site. Said Scott, "We do take it very seriously. You have to in the food service industry."

And they took further steps, installing a light to repel some fruit flies, said Scott, "I had Orkin come out, install the fly lights. I got on my hands and knees and scrubbed out drains and everything else and we have gotten rid of the fruit flies at this point."

And bought new bottles for cleaning chemicals so they're properly labeled. The restaurant earned a perfect score on a follow-up inspection. Said Scott, "We pride ourselves on zero violations and that's always possible. But we pride ourselves on very few and definitely we strive for zero critical violations."

Moving to Henrico, Chung Hing Restaurant at 3053 Lauderdale Drive had 4 critical violations. The report says an employee did not wash hands when they went from handling raw animal food to preparing food at the wok. Violations were corrected during the inspection. A follow-up inspection report is not yet available.

No follow-up necessary at this week's NBC 12 Hall of Fame Award. Carrabba's Italian Grill at 11450 Midlothian Turnpike has earned perfect scores on four out of its last five health inspections.

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