RESTAURANT REPORT: Roaches in one restaurant, flies in another

RESTAURANT REPORT: Roaches in one restaurant, flies in another

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Two restaurants were written up in their health inspections for problems with insects. And in one case, it took a couple of inspections before the bugs were gone.

Shoney's at 7101 Staples Mill Road in Henrico had three critical violations, plus 16 non-critical on its last health inspection. The report says live roaches were seen in several areas. And when the inspector returned two weeks later, the critical violations were fixed, but the live roaches were noted again in several areas, including the back hall and dish room.

We asked Shoney's what they're doing about it. A company spokesperson sent us the following statement:

"The health and safety of our guests and team members is always our top priority. We have corrected this isolated situation, which was noted on August 24, when the health department found no critical violations and awarded the restaurant a passing score. In addition to addressing any specific health department concerns, we routinely conduct our own inspections at all of our restaurants. We will always do this in order to provide our guests with an enjoyable dining experience."

It was a fly problem at China Taste at 1108 North Courthouse Road in Chesterfield. Their health inspection shows four critical violations, plus several flies in the rear storage area. The report says some violations were corrected on the spot. When the inspector returned two weeks later, the flies were gone and other problems were corrected except for one critical, which was then fixed.

That's it for bugs. Giovanni's had different violations. The Italian restaurant at 9502 Chamberlayne Road in Hanover had four critical violations. The inspector wrote that a food employee washed their gloved hands and moved on to another task. The health department says gloves can't really be cleaned.

But that and other violations were corrected right away.

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