August 30 RESTAURANT REPORT: Pest control & handwashing violations

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Pest control and a lack of proper handwashing top the violations in this Restaurant Report. Here's what inspectors say some restaurants did wrong, and what they did about it.

Starting in Chesterfield, China Panda II at 10020 Robious Road had 4 critical violations on its last inspection. The report says harborage conditions exist, that cleaning is not being done frequently enough to prevent grease and debris build-up that can attract roaches. The problem was cleaned up by the re-inspection two weeks later. However the restaurant had two repeated critical violations, including improper handwashing.

Next we moved to Henrico, where the Indian Pastry House at 3409 Old Parham Road had 8 critical violations. The inspector noted some employees did not wash their hands after talking on the phone or before starting work. That and other violations were corrected while the inspector was still on site. The Indian Pastry House earned a perfect score on its follow-up inspection.

And finally in Richmond, Café 2100 at 2100 East Cary Street had 4 critical violations, including that the flat grill had carbon build-up. Violations were corrected during the inspection.

The Richmond City Health District has awarded its bi-annual Food Safety Star Award to Lemaire Restaurant in The Jefferson Hotel. The award honors Lemaire's exemplary inspection records and compliance with food safety codes.

Said The Jefferson's General Manager Greg McGehee, "This is a tribute to our wonderful staff, our prep cook, stewards, dishwashers, line cooks, everyone who works with us here at Lemaire."

Added Donald Stern, Director of the Richmond City Health District, "It's not just about cleanliness, it's about the prevention of the spread of disease."

Next month, Lemaire will open an outdoor dining area.