May 31 Restaurant Report: Two clean streaks broken, then fixed

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Two restaurants that usually get good scores are in this Restaurant Report. And a local chef competes on a national cooking show.

Stepping into Cheeburger Cheeburger, 7003 Three Chopt Road in Henrico, is like stepping into a 1950's diner.

Said owner Ed McGolrick, "The weekends are especially filled with children. We've got a crazy sort of zoo atmosphere and it's a fun place for old and young alike."

This burger joint has had good scores on health inspections for three years, but had 4 critical violations on it's last one, including that french fries and cheese slices were sitting at improper temperatures. McGolrick showed us the cheese was stacked too high in the cooler.

"I think because of the distance, the height of the cheese, it lost some of its temperature there. So we keep our back up cheese here," he showed us in the refrigerator below, "and are replenishing it more often from down below, as opposed to making the stack too high."

McGolrick also showed us all violations were corrected right away.

He told us, "We welcome the heath inspection visits. We welcome the extra set of eyes. And fortunately we got all of them fixed on the spot when she was here, which is good news as well."

In Chesterfield, Texas Roadhouse at 1570 West Koger Center Drive had 5 critical violations. The report says employees touched raw chicken, a trash can, and a bucket on the floor, but did not wash their hands before re-gloving.

Managing Partner Dave Petras told us, "If we get a critical, I'm personally embarrassed by it and we do everything in our power to correct it immediately."

Petras sent us the following statement:

"I just want to let our community know that we take a lot of pride in our sanitation practices at Texas Roadhouse. We have historically had zero critical violations since we opened. We take our most recent health inspection very seriously and immediately corrected any issues that we had. Upon re-inspection on 5/22/12 we had zero critical violations and it is documented by the Virginia Department of Health that we have corrected all violations from the 5/9/12 inspection. Thank you for your concern and rest assure that we take this very seriously."

This week's NBC 12 Hall of Fame Award goes to KFC, 7091 Mechanicsville Turnpike in Hanover. The inspector says they do chicken and cleaning right, giving them perfect scores on three inspections.

Said General Manager Erica Barksdale, "We stay busy cleaning, make sure all procedures are being followed. I have a great team to help me everyday."

Friday morning (June 1st) at 5:30 a.m. on NBC 12, you'll meet the chef at Stuzzi Pizzeria in Carytown that's competing on the Fox show "Hell's Kitchen."