March 7 RESTAURANT REPORT: pancake batter sitting too long

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - When restaurants have food sitting out, if they're not monitoring the temperature, the Health Department says they have to monitor the amount of time it's sitting out. Usually it can't be out for more than four hours or bacteria can start to grow more rapidly. A pancake house was written up for not cleaning the batter out of their pancake gun on time.  But the manager tells us the problem was corrected.

The restaurant was Aunt Sarah's Pancake House at 5550 Williamsburg Road in Henrico, which had 6 critical violations. The report says the pancake batter gun containing batter hadn't been cleaned by the required time. The inspector wrote it was then cleaned on the spot and other violations were fixed.

Aunt Sarah's general manager sent us the following statement:

"Aunt Sarah's received a few critical violations that were given immediate attention. To begin tongs and gloves were placed beside the toaster for servers to use when plating food. All food in the walk in refrigerator, reach in refrigerator, freezer, and the cook's line has been dated and stored properly. Insulated pans are being frozen and changed every four in order to keep the products up to code temperature wise meaning under 40 degrees. Lastly, the pancake batter gun is cleaned at 10 am ad 2 pm every day. Aunt Sarah's has and will continue to do everything necessary to keep our guest safe, healthy, and happy."

Also in Henrico, O'Charley's at 9990 Brook Road had 5 critical violations, including that prep equipment was not properly washed and sanitized.

O'Charley's corporate office sent us this statement: "O'Charley's immediately addressed all violations in this restaurant and seven days later passed its health re-inspection with zero violations."

Moving to Chesterfield, Lung Wah Carry Out at 6415 Iron Bridge place had 5 critical. The inspector wrote there was no hot water available at the time of the inspection. The report says that was fixed right away and Lung Wah earned a perfect score on its follow-up inspection two weeks later.

This week's NBC12 Hall of Fame Award goes to Little Caesar's Pizza at 9514 Woodman Road in Henrico.

"We actually certify everybody on food safety," said general manager Daniel Jordan.

Little Caesar's has aced its last five inspections in a row by making cleaning fun. Explained Jordan, "We make competitions like who can clean this the quickest and do that the quickest. It just makes a fun environment."

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