RESTAURANT REPORT: Food temperature violations at two popular restaurants

RESTAURANT REPORT: Food temperature violations at two popular restaurants

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Two popular restaurants racked up violations on their last health inspections. They both had problems keeping some foods the proper temperatures, according to their inspection reports. Here's where it happened, and what they've done about it.

First up is Extra Billy's Smokehouse and Brewery at 1110 Alverser Drive in Chesterfield with six critical violations, plus 10 non-critical. The report says foods in a reach-in cooler and items in both walk-in coolers were not cold enough. The report also says there were flies by the dish washing machine.

Four violations were corrected on the spot, including discarding foods in the reach-in cooler.

We just obtained the report from the inspector's follow-up inspection yesterday.  It shows the flies were gone and the refrigerators were repaired.  But there were still some non-critical violations.  The inspector plans to return again next week.

Extra Billy's manager tells us they corrected everything during that last inspection and everything is now "looking on the up."

In Henrico, Shoney's at 8415 West Broad Street had 6 critical violations.  The inspector noted several food temperature violations, including green been not cooked to the required temperature, soups not reheated hot enough, and gravy was not at the proper temperature.

The report says a refrigerator was five degrees too warm.  The inspector told them to have it fixed, and the other food temperature problems were corrected on the spot.

Shoney's had all violations corrected for a perfect score when the inspector returned three weeks later.  The inspector also noted all damage from a fire on June 11 has been repaired.

We gave the NBC12 Hall of Fame Award to the Henrico County Employee Cafeteria at the government complex at 4301 East Parham Road.

"Our best area that most of our customers, especially this time of year, enjoy, is our salad bar. We have a very large salad bar, and it has a large variety that people seem to enjoy," said the cafeteria's Sharlene Ladd.

The cafeteria has earned perfect scores on ten health inspections over the last three years.

Said Ladd, "It's a team effort. I have a really good staff and we're committed to serving quality food in a clean atmosphere where we follow all ServeSafe standards.  If you're consistent and stay with it, you can keep it clean. It doesn't matter how new or old, it's easy to keep things clean if you're committed to doing it."

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