Restaurant Report: Richmond restaurant condemned for sewer backup

Restaurant Report: Richmond restaurant condemned for sewer backup

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The City of Richmond has condemned a restaurant. Records show there was a sewage backup.

On the door of Yum Restaurant at 406 Cowardin Ave. is a bright orange notice, posted by the City of Richmond's Building Commissioner, condemning the restaurant. It says no one is allowed inside because the City considers the building unsafe.

Obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, the Notice of Violation says a citizen reported there was a sewage leak under Yum Restaurant. Inspectors noted "a foul smelling odor possibly coming from the sewage backup and potentially producing methane gas." The order says Yum must repair the leak and install an "exhaust ventilation system ... vented to the outside."

Building owner Jae Shon says they're getting estimates to make the repairs, which could cost $23,000, and are checking if their insurance will cover it. Shon says they hope to reopen in a couple of weeks.

Also in this Restaurant Report, Golden Leaf Cafe at 525 South Washington Highway in Hanover had four critical violations on its last health inspection. The report says hot and sour soup and fried rice were not being kept hot enough in the steam well. When the inspector returned the following week, the report shows all critical violations were fixed and the hot and sour soup was now being cooked per order.

This week's NBC12 Hall of Fame Award goes to the Proper Pie Company at 2505 East Broad Street in Richmond, which is known for New Zealand style savory pies. Practically every health inspection it's had since it opened has been perfectly proper, with not a single critical violation.

Said owner Neil Smith, "We have an open kitchen, so it's even more important for us, for people seeing the practices that we do every day. It's good for everyone to see it all."

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