September 1 Restaurant Report

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - In this Restaurant Report, we went to Heart and Soul Cafe II, located inside Elements Lounge at 119 North 18th Street in Richmond. Heart and Soul Cafe II had 4 critical violations, including that fish were cold holding at improper temperatures. But we discovered the city has closed down Elements Lounge for alcohol, health, and building code violations, plus not having a business license. Elements has not responded to our request for comment, but we did talk with a Heart and Soul employee, who says the cafe is still catering out of another location on Lakeside Avenue. The cafe hadn't had a single critical violation before this last inspection.

Next we went to Super King Buffet, 8087 West Broad Street in Henrico, which had five critical violations. The inspector noted that employees were eating and chewing gum in the kitchen. Manager Frank Liu told us he has reminded the staff not to do that.

The health inspector had just done a follow-up visit a day before we arrived.

"Yesterday she came to check, everything was fine," said Liu.

Liu showed us all violations were corrected, except that foods in a fridge were still not quite cold enough. Liu said it's because the door is opened often. So now he using a monitor to keep track of the temperature.

"Right now I'm checking every once a week, like two or three times, and faxing it to her," Liu explained.

And he proudly points out that another inspector has been a regular customer at Super King Buffet.

"He's been eating here 4 to 5 years already. He never said he was an inspector, we just now know, until yesterday, we just now know," he said.

Super King Buffet usually earns better scores on inspections.

It Must be Heaven is heaven for an inspector. This restaurant at 2505 East Broad Street in Richmond has nailed every inspection it's had in almost two years. For that, it wins this week's NBC 12 Hall of Fame Award.

Chick-fil-A is offering you a free breakfast entree. Go to this Chick-fil-A link to reserve a day between September 6th and 10th and the location. You must bring your printed reservation with you.

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