January 6: Restaurant Report

By Heather Sullivan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Critical violations range from storing raw meat over ready to eat foods, to dirty bowls and colanders. Here's this week's NBC 12 Restaurant Report and how the restaurants responded to their violations.

Our first stop is the Greek Grill, 2313 Westwood Avenue in Henrico, with 4 critical violations. The report says raw chicken, ground beef, pork, and eggs were stored over ready-to-eat foods, which can result in cross contamination. But the restaurant jumped on it and sent us this statement:

"As one of the few authentic Greek restaurants in the Richmond area, the team at the Greek Grill Café takes great pride in everything that we do and we work hard to meet and exceed all health regulations. Any critical violation is taken very seriously and is corrected immediately with an action plan in place to ensure that such violations do not happen again. An additional health inspection was requested by the Greek Grill Cafe for Wednesday, Jan. 5, at which time no violations were found. In addition to the staff meeting to discuss the noted violations, the following corrections were made:

  • the raw meat was immediately moved away from uncooked foods and additional reminder signs were posted,
  • soup and green beans will be heated on stove every morning to adequate temperatures then placed on warmers,
  • cooked foods were dated properly and we will continue to do so,
  • new spray bottle was immediately labeled properly."

Then we moved to Richmond, Africanne on Main at 200 East Main Street, with 5 critical violations, including that some African rice in the fridge should have been thrown out six days earlier. The manager tells us that and the other violations have all been corrected.

Then our journey took us to Chesterfield. China Wok at 11992 Ironbridge Plaza had 4 critical violations. The report says some bowls and colanders were soiled to sight and touch. China Wok had them all cleaned up for a perfect re-inspection ten days later. A manager declined to comment for our report.

This week's NBC12 Hall of Fame Award winner has earned perfect scores on five out of its last six inspections.

"I want to say thank you to all my people that support me," said Santos Alvarez, who co-owns Cold Harbor Restaurant with her daughter. You can get a hot breakfast and lunch at Cold Harbor, 8153 Mechanicsville Turnpike in Hanover. And some customers do!

"All of my business here is pretty much my local people, repeatedly everyday, sometime twice a day," said Alvarez.

Want to eat somewhere new this weekend? Check out Richmond Magazine, which profiles what they say are the top 15 new restaurants in town.

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