RESTAURANT REPORT: Two Mexican restaurants turn bad inspections around

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Mariachis Mexican Grill at 10456 Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield has been open a year and usually gets great health inspection scores.

"For me, the customer is first. Safety for the customer is prima," said owner David Gil.

But this time, it had five critical violations, including that a dish washer touched dirty dishes, then clean dishes without washing his hands in between.

"Normally, we have two dishwashers. If its one guy, he's supposed to wash his hands and then handle the clean dishes."

Gil said he retrained the dishwasher and even reminded him of the rule while we were there. He also showed us all problems fixed for the reinspection two weeks later.

And Gil said he's about to give the restaurant a makeover — new name, new menu, new look.

"You're going to start seeing changes in the next couple of weeks, maybe in the next month we'll have a complete turnover."

We'll tell you the new name as soon as we learn it.

In Chesterfield, Jalapenos Restaurant at 13130 Kingston Avenue also had five critical violations.

The inspector noted seeing an employee touch raw fish and ready to eat foods wearing the same pair of gloves. The manager tells us he stayed at the restaurant overnight to correct all violations. They were all fixed on the reinspection ten days later.

Pizza Hut at 9486 West Broad Street in Henrico hasn't had a single critical violation in two years of health inspections. They win this week's NBC 12 Hall of Fame award.

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