RESTAURANT REPORT: Food past the discard date, food debris on equipment

RESTAURANT REPORT: Food past the discard date, food debris on equipment

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - There were some problems inspectors found at two Henrico restaurants, like food past the discard date, a temperature problem, and equipment with food still on it.

Dunn's Drive In Barbecue at 3716 Mechanicsville Turnpike in Henrico had four critical violations, plus four non-critical. The report says several containers of food had dates older than the 7-day limit, some foods weren't cold enough in a fridge, and floors under equipment needed cleaning. Some violations were fixed during the inspection, and when we stopped by the owner was cleaning.

"I'm on the floor cleaning it right now, that's what I'm doing," said owner Stuart Martin, who said he has re-trained his staff and corrected everything since the inspection. "We try to keep it clean. That's what we do. A lot of people don't, but every morning, we get that done. I'm getting it done this morning."

Up next, Johnny Rockets at 11680 West Broad Street in Henrico had four critical violations, plus six non-critical. Four were repeated from a previous inspection. The inspector noted telling staff to clean the mixer, can opener, slicer and chopper because they all had food debris. The report also noted there was no sanitizer in the dish machine.

We contacted Johnny Rocket headquarters, which sent us a statement reading, "There is nothing more important than the health and safety of our guests. The restaurant immediately corrected all violations and passed the secondary inspection on January 20, 2016."

Lalo's Cocina Bar & Grill has been acing health inspections since it opened two years ago, so we gave them the NBC12 Hall of Fame Award. The restaurant, located at 2617 W. Broad Street, says it serves up high-end Mexican food from authentic Mexican recipes.

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