December 22 Restaurant Report

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Etiquette calls for everyone to cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze. But state code calls for food service workers to wash their hands after coughing to make sure they're not spreading germs into your food.

A cough led to a critical at Seoul Buffet, 9900 Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield. The Buffet had 5 critical violations, including that an employee coughed into his hand, then continued preparing food. The inspector told the manager to review hand washing procedures with staff. The restaurant earned a perfect score when it was re-inspected ten days later.

In Richmond, Mr. Submarine at 4100 West Broad Street had 4 critical violations. The report says that meatballs in sauce were hot holding at improper temperatures. We spoke with the owner, who says this and other violations were corrected on the spot. She points out that the restaurant uses fresh ingredients daily and that this family owned chain has been serving Richmond for 25 years.

Moving to Henrico, Eastern Buffet at 7586 West Broad street had 5 critical violations. The report notes there was a live baby roach on the side of the chest freezer, but that the restaurant receives extermination services twice a month. Violations were corrected during the inspection.

Piano Café at 13211 Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield is hitting all the right notes with health inspectors. The Café wins this week's NBC12 Hall of Fame Award for earning perfect scores on every inspection in the last three years.

Downtown Short Pump is reporting that Frostings will compete on the Food Network show "Cupcake Wars." The first episode is January 1 at 8:00 p.m.

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