June 9: Restaurant Report

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Not only do employees have to wash their hands before they prepare food, they're supposed to use soap. You'd be surprised how often that's forgotten. Two restaurants are in this Restaurant Report for employees not doing that properly.

The first is in Henrico. Hong Kong Kitchen at 2907 Williamsburg Road, which had 6 critical violations. The inspector observed a driver return from a trip and cook an order without handwashing. We contacted the restaurant but did not hear back.

The other restaurant is also in Henrico. Shish Kabab at 3417 Old Parham Road, with 5 critical violations. An employee did not use soap to wash hands. But all violations were corrected during the inspection.

It was temperature problems at Howlett's Restaurant and Tavern at 3530 Fesitval Park Plaza in Chesterfield. One of its 4 critical violations was that the prime rib was not reheated sufficiently to eliminate the possibility of pathogenic bacteria.

Howlett's sent us this statement: "We strive to be the very best. We take the health inspections very seriously and have corrected all the issues. We want our patrons to have the best dining experience possible."

This week's NBC12 Hall of Fame Award goes to the restaurants and catering at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Henrico. Head Chef Tony Arrington says they offer everything from grilled sandwiches to gourmet carving stations while earning perfect inspection scores.

"Most important is control of food, from purchasing to receiving, temperature control, and serving the food," said Arrington.

And a new Indian restaurant, Banzara, opens on Saturday in the Innsbrook Shoppes between Cox Road and Dominion Boulevard.

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