April 7: Restaurant Report

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A sushi spot takes us inside their kitchen to show how they fixed some critical violations. And a new restaurant opens up at Rocketts Landing in this Restaurant Report.

You won't meet anyone named Joe at Tokyo Joe, but you will find Bill Liu, who's been running the restaurant, first in New York, now at 8901 Patterson Avenue in Henrico. The sushi spot had 6 critical violations on a state health inspection, including some encrusted food and sauces in the bottom of pans in the steam table.

Liu told us, "Everything was fixed the same day."

He showed us how raw meats are stored below ready-to-eat foods, temperatures are maintained, and foods are dated according to the inspector's guidelines.

"We just stick to the rules, what ever she says we do it," he said.

Liu said the restaurant is known for his wife's bread pudding and prices that are below average.

"When they get the check they will realize that its 30% to 40% better pricing than most Japanese restaurants," said Liu.

Moving to Chesterfield, Café Pandulce, 2601 Turner Road. The report says rodent droppings were found in cabinets under the bakery goods display. Droppings were again noted in the follow-up inspection. But the café earned a perfect score on the next one.

The café sent us the following statement: "Cafe Pandulce makes it a priority to provide our customers with a clean and safe place for our guests to enjoy. Our manager and our owner immediately corrected all issues resulting in a positive follow-up inspection. We also reached out to our current vendors/produce providers for support. Adjustments and corrections to dispensers were applied and new vendors were brought on board where appropriate. Additionally, we have worked with our landlord to reseal any areas of opportunity that may have existed within our facility."

Also in Chesterfield, Milestone Restaurant in the Best Western at 9826 Midlothian Turnpike had 4 critical violations, including that there was no sanitizer used is the wiping cloth bucket. Violations were corrected on the spot. Our calls to milestone were not returned.

Take a look at how clean this hall of fame award winner is: Taco Bell at 7415 Bell Creek Road in Hanover. It's earned perfect scores on four out of six inspections, and no critical violations since 2008.

"We take serve safe classes to be food safety certified. We take temperatures of all our food at least 3 times a day," said manager Greg Bisesi.

A new restaurant is opening on Rocketts Landing on Monday called Conch Republic Rocketts. It will serve conch fritters and gator wraps for dinner, then start serving lunch in six weeks.

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