February 6 RESTAURANT REPORT: dirty utensils & undercooked chicken

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Violations range from dirty utensils to undercooked chicken in this edition of the Restaurant Report. Here's what health inspectors say went wrong and what the restaurants did about it.

We first went to TGI Friday's at 7023 West Broad Street in Henrico, which had 4 critical violations. Among them, the inspector found dirty utensils in a drawer.

TGI Friday's corporate office sent us the following statement:

"The Broad St. T.G.I. Friday's restaurant in Richmond, VA has been re-inspected and received a clean report with zero critical violations. As a result, the restaurant's annual health permit was renewed. 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."

Next up, Outback Steakhouse at 7420 Bell Creek Road in Hanover with 5 critical violations. The report says some chicken was not cooked to a high enough temperature to ensure any potential harmful organisms were destroyed.

Outback Steakhouse sent us this statement:

"Food safety is our top priority, and we are committed to using the highest food safety standards. The results of the recent inspection are disappointing and contrary to how we run our restaurant. We corrected all of the items immediately, and retrained our team to ensure our stringent procedures are practiced each and every day."

Our last stop was Jeff's Place, 20710 Bessie Lane in Chesterfield. The inspector noted 4 critical violations, writing that an employee handled food without washing their hands first. But the restaurant owner tells us the employee did wash, the inspector just didn't see it. He pointed out that violations were corrected during the inspection. Signs outside the restaurant this week say it's up for sale.