December 26 RESTAURANT REPORT: temperature problems

The Health Department considers food temperatures to be one of the most important things restaurants need to watch to keep food safe. Two restaurants in tonight's Restaurant Report had trouble doing that on their last inspections.

Among four critical violations at El Patron Mexican Restaurant at 6511 Centralia Road in Chesterfield, was that shredded chicken, refried beans, and cheese sauce in the walk-in cooler were not being kept cold enough. The required 41 degrees helps prevent the growth of bacteria. That and other violations were corrected during the inspection, but El Patron still had two critical problems on its follow-up inspection, one was corrected on the spot.

It was hot food temperatures that caught the attention of the inspector at Wellpoint Holland Park, a café inside the Anthem office building at 2221 Edward Holland Drive in Henrico. The café had 4 critical violations, including that roasted potatoes and corned beef hash were not kept hot enough on the steam table. The report says the person in charge threw them out. The café repeated two critical violations on the follow up inspection two weeks later.