RESTAURANT REPORT: Food temperature violations at a Henrico buffet

RESTAURANT REPORT: Food temperature violations at a Henrico buffet

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Health Department says a popular buffet in Henrico had some food temperature problems.  And a Hanover restaurant in last week's Restaurant Report wants you to know everything has been corrected and says the problems won't happen again.

The Italian Kitchen at 7522 Lee Davis Road in Mechanicsville says the problems on their last health inspection report have been fixed.

"We are on top of it and are diligent and have taken measures to prevent anything like this or anything like that from happening in the near future," said owner Ray Thompson.

As we reported last week, the Health Department noted that the critical violations were corrected by their meeting with the restaurant the next day. Owner Ray Thompson, who is ServSafe Certified, tells us they now keep logs to make sure refrigerated foods are the right temperature, they've increased pest control from once a month to twice a month and bought a new dish washing machine to ensure dishes are always sanitized.

"We are always working with the Health Department.  Like I said, we've been in business for 66 years, been in Mechanicsville since 1977 and I've always tried to satisfy our customers," said Thompson.

We went to the Golden Corral at 4050 Gaskins Road in Henrico, which had five critical violations plus 13 non-critical. The report says cold foods on the pizza table and omelet station were sitting out too warm, and baked chicken on the buffet was not staying hot enough. The chicken was removed for reheating and some other violations were corrected right away. Upon return, the inspector wrote that a lot of cleaning had been done and it only had one critical. The manager told us everything has been corrected and their permit was just renewed.

We gave the NBC12 Hall of Fame Award to Firehouse Subs at 1070 Virginia Center Parkway in Henrico for acing a whopping 10 health inspections in a row.

We asked franchise owner Randy Evans what their secret is.  He told us, "We check over the restaurant twice a day and treat our restaurant much like a fire station where we're always ready to perform."

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