July 18 RESTAURANT REPORT: pest problems

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Two restaurants on tonight's critical list had pest problems. According to Health Department records, one still wasn't resolved on its last inspection.

It was Asian Bistro at 2612 Perdue Spring Drive in Chesterfield. The inspector noted 8 critical violations and ants next to the arctic reach-in cooler. When the inspector came back ten days later, all the criticals were corrected, but the report says the ants were still there. The inspector plans to return at the end of the month. We'll let you know if the ants are gone.

Belly Timber Tavern at 1501 West Main Street in Richmond usually gets better health inspection scores. But the owner tells us they had a bad day on their last inspection, when they had 4 critical violations and, the report says, rodent droppings. The owner says the droppings were in a crawl space and that the Tavern is treated for pests regularly. He says all problems were immediately fixed, including buying a new cooler to keep foods nice and cold.

In Henrico, Me'kong Restaurant at 6004 West Broad Street has been in business for 18 years. But it had 4 critical violations last time, including a slicer with dried food debris on it.

We spoke with the owner by phone, who told us violations were corrected during the inspection, which the Health Department report confirms.

We pulled in to this week's NBC12 Hall of Fame Award winner, Sonic Drive-in at 6555 Mechanicsville Turnpike in Hanover after acing four health inspections in a row and not having a single violation in two years.