May 23 RESTAURANT REPORT: Two restaurants deal with pests

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Two restaurants that usually earn better scores on their health inspections had problems with pests in this edition of the NBC12 Restaurant Report.

Al Kawthar Oasis Restaurant at 1517 West Broad Street in Richmond serves Middle Eastern cuisine and usually pretty good health inspection scores. But last time, it had 5 critical violations. So we went in and asked owner Mohamed Ahmed about the report, which said rodent droppings were found in the back storage area and in the dishwashing area.

Ahmed told us, "No we just cleaned everything. There's nothing there now."

We asked if the restaurant is serviced by pest control. He told us that it was and that the problem is resolved.

The inspector also wrote that the kitchen and back storage area were seriously cluttered and there was blood running out on the floor.

"We were cleaning that day and then that's when we were cleaning our walk-in fridge in the back. So at the time they came over here, we were cleaning that," Ahmed explained.

Some violations were corrected during the inspection.

"Everything is okay and we corrected every mistake over there and we don't have any issues now," Ahmed told us.

Next up is the Birkdale Golf Club at 8511 Royal Birkdale Drive in Chesterfield. This club earned the NBC12 Hall of Fame in 2009 for a flawless health inspection. But this time, it had 6 critical violations, including, according to the report, live roaches inside the warewashing compartment and around the dishmachine in the warewashing area.

Birkdale sent us the following statement:

"Obviously we are very disappointed that a new health inspector was critical of our kitchen and cleanliness. We have on display an award on display from NBC12 for receiving a perfect 100% inspection record only a short time ago. We have made the necessary changes to comply with our new health inspector requests and we are confident this will not happen again."

The inspection report notes that the club receives monthly pest extermination services. It had all problems resolved by the follow-up inspection.

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