January 19 Restaurant Report

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - If you don't look carefully at consume-by dates on foods, you could end up eating something that's expired. That's why the state Health Department came down on two restaurants in this Restaurant Report.

The first is The Forest Restaurant, 5057 Forest Hill Avenue in Richmond. It had 4 critical violations, including that chicken salad was still in the refrigerator five days after its consume-by date. Violations were corrected during the inspection. The Forest had two critical on a follow-up inspection, which were also immediately corrected. The manager tells us his staff has just attended a serve-safe class and the restaurant's permit was just renewed.

The other restaurant with a date incident was Don Papa Grande at 12806 Jefferson Davis Highway in Chesterfield. It had five critical violations. The report says prepared ground pork in the refrigerator should have been discarded three days earlier. Problems were fixed during the inspection.

It was a temperature issue at the new Apollo's Pizza, inside Virginia Center Commons, 10101 Brook Road in Henrico. Among its 4 critical violations was that pasta salad was not being kept cold enough. The state requires cold foods be maintained at 41 degrees to prevent harmful bacteria from growing. Violations were corrected on the spot. A manager tells us they just took over this kitchen and are in the process of upgrading equipment.

A new Olive Garden restaurant is opening on Monday. It's in the shopping center with Kroger, across from Short Pump Towne Center. This Italian eatery can seat 246 guests and will create 170 new jobs.

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