January 10 RESTAURANT REPORT: kitchen hand sink wasn't working

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Visitors to Old Jerusalem at 107 North 7th Street in Richmond are treated to the sites and authentic foods of the Middle East.

Said owner Taher Musleh, "They cannot find specific places that have the same food like your mom cooked, or your grandmother cooked, so we're trying to give the same taste of food they used to eat in Jerusalem."

Musleh bought Old Jerusalem last summer. The first health inspection went great, but the second revealed 5 critical violations, including that Musleh says water had been turned off to a hand sink in the kitchen because it needed repairs. Musleh says he immediately had it fixed and the Health Department cleared the violation the next day. Musleh showed us the sink was working properly during our visit.

Musleh also told us they replaced old cutting boards with new ones, and that he fired an employee who didn't wash hands and only donned gloves between handling raw beef and salad. Old Jerusalem had all critical violations fixed in time for the Health Department's re-inspection the next day.

We also went to talk with the operators of Hong Kong, 2904 Turner Road in Chesterfield after it received 4 critical violations, including an employee failing to wash hands between handling raw meat and raw vegetables. We left a message for the manager to call us, but haven't heard back. The report shows that the restaurant corrected violations during the inspection.

Violations are hard to find at Sahara Restaurant and Hookah Lounge, 813 West Grace Street in Richmond. It wins this week's NBC12 Hall of Fame Award for perfect scores on three inspections not having any critical violations in two years.