November 29 RESTAURANT REPORT: flies in the kitchen

MIDLOTHIAN, VA (WWBT) - Topping this edition of the Restaurant Report, a popular place where you might like to hang out. It was also a place where some flies were hanging out, according to health inspection reports.

The place, TGI Friday's at 10301 Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield. It had 4 critical violations on an inspection, including, the report says, that flies were around the dumpsters out back and in the kitchen. On a follow-up inspection report, the other violations were fixed, but it again noted fly activity in the back dock, but that staff would get rid of a particular household trash can where they were. We couldn't get close enough to check for flies. We asked to talk with the manager.

He told us that media inquiries were handled through TGI Friday's corporate communications office.

TGI Friday's public relations firm sent us the following statement:

"The Midlothian Turnpike restaurant in Chesterfield, VA, a franchise location operated by United Restaurant Group, has been re-inspected and has received a clean report with no violations. We take food safety very seriously and our teams work hard to ensure all our Friday's restaurants are upholding our quality standards and delivering a great experience to our guests every day."

Then we went further down the road, to Peking Restaurant, 13132 Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield, which had 4 critical violations. Among them, the inspector wrote that some wontons and breaded chicken were not being kept cold enough.

The manager wasn't there when we stopped by, so I left my card and a message with a staff member, who told us, "I will definitely let him know. He's the boss of all our Peking (Restaurants). I'll let him know what's going on and have him give you a call."

We never got that call. All critical violations were corrected by the health department's follow-up visit.

Next we delivered our Hall of Fame Award to Anthony and George's Steak House at 7505 Staples Mill Road in Henrico.

Explained co-owner Marianna Marathos, "It's family run, me and my husband George and my father helps run it also."

It's earned perfect scores on 4 health inspections in a row and customer loyalty. Said Marathos, "We have regulars that we've seen throughout the years and we see them bringing in their own children. So we're happy to be part of their family and they're being a part of our family."