Restaurant Report: Legally blind workers ace inspections

Restaurant Report: Legally blind workers ace inspections

Two restaurants that usually do better on their health inspections had more than a few critical violations this time.  But a cafeteria operated by an organization for the blind has a spotless record on their inspections.

Urban Farmhouse Market and Cafe at 13872 Coalfield Commons Place in Chesterfield had seven critical violations. The report says an employee failed to wash their hands before engaging in food preparation. That was corrected right away along with some other problems. But the inspector strongly recommended they having a certified food manager in the facility at all times. We asked to talk with management about the inspection. They declined. The follow-up report shows all violations were corrected for a perfect score two weeks later. 

In Henrico, McDonald's at 11311 Nuckols Road had five critical violations. The inspector wrote that a worker was chewing gum, the sausage gravy was not at a proper temperature and sanitizer was not being dispensed into the dish machine. The report says most problems were fixed on the spot and the gravy was thrown out. When the inspector returned the next week, the dish machine had been repaired with an alarm added to sound off when sanitizer gets low. McDonald's earned a perfect followup score. 

But check out how clean it is at this week's NBC12 Hall of Fame Award winner. The Berrywood Cafe at the Reynolds Community College Parham Road campus has earned perfect scores on every health inspection in two years. What's more, the assistant manager tells us that's being accomplished by some workers who are legally blind. 

"The cafe is owned and operated by Business Opportunities for the Blind," said Assistant Manager Gerry Edwards. "We're very honored to accept this award and we try to maintain a healthy and clean environment for all customers."

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