October 18 RESTAURANT REPORT: flies in the kitchen

In this Restaurant Report, a convenience store chain that usually earns better health inspection scores had a problem with flies in the kitchen. But the company tells us they're hiring an expert to make sure it doesn't happen again.

The problem happened at Fas Mart, 8188 Atlee Road in Hanover. It had 4 critical violations, including flies in the food prep area. The Fas Mart Chief Operating Officer sent us the following statement:

"I'm extremely disappointed with our performance. We've addressed every issue and had 0 critical violations on the follow up visit in October. We have over 50 restaurants in our organization and we take these results very seriously. We are in the process of hiring an independent food safety consultant to audit our stores on an ongoing basis to ensure that we deliver nothing but the very best to our customers."

Moving to Chesterfield, Hibachi Express at 12617 Jefferson Davis Highway had 5 critical violations. The report says the facility was in need of thorough cleaning. Some violations were corrected during the inspection. On the check-up report, Hibachi Express had two critical because some foods were not at proper temperatures. Both were corrected on the spot.

Also in Chesterfield, Murphy's Law Billiards at 6411 Chesterfield Meadows Drive had 4 critical violations. Among them, deli meats, tuna salad, eggs and tomatoes were not being kept cold enough. The billiards hall and sports bar had 3 critical on the follow-up inspection. An employee told us everything has been corrected.

This week's NBC12 Hall of Fame Award goes to El Quetzal Restaurant at 2615 Broad Rock Road in Richmond. It has earned perfect scores on five inspections, and hasn't had a critical violation in nearly two years.