December 1 Restaurant Report

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Violations range from insects in some food to temperature control in this Restaurant Report.

Whether it's late at night, or early in the morning, the 3rd Street Diner is serving customers 24 hours a day.

The Diner, at 218 East Main Street in downtown Richmond, usually earns better scores. But it had 5 critical violations on a recent state health inspection.

The report says some turkey, ham and sliced tomato were not being stored cold enough. They must be kept at 41 degrees Fahrenheit or below to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.

We went by and asked to talk with the manager, who wasn't in at the time. We left a message but haven't heard back yet.

The Diner corrected the critical violations while the inspector was still on site.

Next we stopped by the Cookie Monster Cafe, 1571 Darbytown Road, which had 4 critical violations. The inspector noted some cheese slices fell into a container of raw sausage and the same chopsticks were used to whip eggs and separate cheese. That can spread bacteria from the raw foods.

The manager declined to be interviewed. The Café earned a perfect score on its next inspection.

In Chesterfield, Asian Bistro at 2612 Perdue Spring Drive had 4 critical violations. The report says small insects were in the large container of flour. The flour was thrown out, but the inspector said the bugs were back in the flour and cornstarch on the next inspection. Then two days after that, the pest problem was resolved and the restaurant had all problems fixed.

This week's NBC12 Hall of Fame Award goes to Taco Bell at 804 England Street in Ashland. Known for big variety at a small price, now this Taco Bell will be known for cleanliness, acing five of its last seven inspections.

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