RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - One thing the state health department definitely says you cannot do in a restaurant is store food on the floor. It has to be on a shelf at least six inches above the ground to help keep it clean and safe.
In Chesterfield, Hibachi Express at 12617 Jefferson Davis Hwy had 5 critical violations. The inspector wrote that containers of raw chicken were stored directly on the floor. This and other violations were corrected during the inspection. The restaurant had no critical violations on a follow-up inspection. We contacted the restaurant but did not receive comment.
Also in Chesterfield, the Ugly Biscuit at 10100 Midlothian Turnpike had 4 critical violations on their last inspection, including that the chili and biscuits were hot holding at improper temperatures. Violations were fixed during the inspection, but the owner tells us the restaurant is closing because they just weren't making it. But she says the original Ugly Biscuit in Fairhope, Alabama continues to thrive.
Moving to Richmond, The Forest Restaurant at 5057 Forest Hill Avenue had 4 critical violations. The report says employees were handling ready-to-eat food with bare hands. Violations were corrected on the spot. We called The Forest but did not hear back.
Employees are chirping a happy tune at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers at Chesterfield Towne Center. The restaurant has earned perfect scores on it's last six health inspections and wins the NBC12 Hall of Fame Award.
Said general manager Cory Foley, "The health and safety of our guests is our number one priority and it's a part of a culture that we live everyday. So its the first thing we teach our team members when they come in. We're always coaching and praising and getting better."