July 7: Restaurant Report

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Temperatures are critical in cooking, as two local restaurant were reminded by the State Health Department.

The first is Tiki Tiki Restaurant at 8917 Patterson Avenue in Henrico. One of it's 4 critical violations was that the garlic/oil mixture on the cook line was not being kept cold, as it should be. They had to throw it out and were told to keep it at least 41 degrees. The same problem was repeated on a follow-up inspection, but other violations were corrected.

Tiki Tiki plans to issue a written statement, which will be posted here as soon as we receive it.

The other restaurant with a temperature issue was Ettamae's Cafe, 522 North 2nd Street in Richmond, which had 4 critical violations. The report says potato salad, feta cheese, and sliced ham were cold holding at improper temperatures. That and other violations were corrected on the spot and the café had no critical violations on it's follow-up visit.

Ettamae's Cafe sent us the following statement:  "We regret that a mechanical failure on a single unit caused one food item to fall below temp on a single day. We are grateful to the Health Department for helping us catch this problem on that day.  Ettamae's takes the quality and safety of our food very seriously and we appreciate the role of the Health Department and their guidance."

Moving to eastern Henrico, China House at 4703 East Nine Mile Road also had 4 critical violations. The inspector noted employees washed some dishes but did not sanitize them, which is required. The infractions were corrected during the inspection and China House had one critical on the next inspection.

This week's NBC12 Hall of Fame Award for perfect inspection scores goes to Olio at 2001 West Main Street in Richmond. Olio means a dish of many ingredients, European and healthy in this case.

"Lots of whole grains, lots of gluten free things, lots of vegetarian items, a really wide array of hopefully more healthy things," said Olio manager Rebecca Mastic.

Olio is also opening a second location on July 16 inside the office building at 600 East Main Street in downtown Richmond, where they'll offer breakfast and lunch.

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