August 25 Restaurant Report

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Kanpai Japanese Steakhouse, 10438 Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield, is Dusun Hwang's dream. He started it 13 years ago. Now he fears he could lose his permit to serve food.

"It's a little bit of mistakes. But we keep it clean. Just a small thing makes big thing report," said Dusun Hwang.

But the Health Department says it is a big deal. Kanpai had five critical violations during its May inspection, including that some dishes with old food residue were stored with clean dishes. Three more follow-up inspections each show 3 critical violations. The Health Department held a hearing with Hwang with an interpreter.

"In this case, we have situations where we have continuing and flagrant violations of the regulations," said Gary Hagy, Director of the Health Department's Division of Food and Environmental Services.

We asked Hwang about the violations in his most recent inspection report. "You had a critical repeat of raw foods of animal origin stored over ready-to-eat food in the refrigeration unit. Shelled eggs stored over a box of lettuce heads. Have you had a chance to correct that?"

Hwang took us into the kitchen, where our camera caught eggs again stored over lettuce in one refrigerator, but he showed us eggs properly stored below ready-to-eat foods in the walk-in cooler.

"Inside everything correct. Simple, easy, perfect," Hwang said.

He showed us the fridge temperature is proper, just below the required 41 degrees, and that the colanders, once noted as greasy, are now clean.

"For 13 years, I do this one business. 2011, I don't know why inspections so many," Hwang told us.

"The local Health Department is working with the owner to try to get some things fixed, remedied and continue operations," Hagy said.

We also went to visit New Catina, 6215 West Broad Street in Henrico. It had five critical violations on its last inspection, including that there was no hand washing when preparing sandwiches. One violation was corrected during the inspection. We left messages for the manager but did not hear back.

This week's NBC12 Hall of Fame Award goes to Moe's Southwest Grill, 7225 Bell Creek Road in Hanover.

"When things are clean, it's safer. You don't have to worry about cross-contamination. You've done everything you can to prevent that from happening," said franchisee Vanna McDonald.

Moe's has wrapped up perfect scores on six out of it's last eight inspections and hasn't had a critical violation in more than two years.

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