RESTAURANT REPORT: Hot kitchen, refrigerators not cold enough

RESTAURANT REPORT: Hot kitchen, refrigerators not cold enough

(WWBT) - Busy restaurant kitchens can get really hot in the summer. That was a problem for a Henrico restaurant. A health inspector told them to fix the problem, or change the menu.

The owner of Eat 33 at 6901 Staples Mill Road in Henrico said the health inspector came out on the hottest day of the summer. The restaurant had four critical violations, plus three non-critical, including that a make table and a refrigerator were not keeping foods cold enough.

The inspector told the owner to "seriously consider altering the menu since the heat of the summer causes the kitchen to become quite warm."  The owner told me by phone that instead he bought a new make table and cooler, which solved the problem.

The follow-up inspection two weeks later shows all violations were corrected.

Up next is Sushi-o at 1228 Alverser Plaza in Midlothian.  It had six critical violations plus five non-critical.

The report says they weren't tracking the time the sushi rice was being used, and masago and dumplings were left out and not kept cold enough.

The manager wasn't there when we dropped by, but I talked to him later by phone.  He pointed out violations were corrected on the spot and Sushi-o earned a perfect score on its follow up inspection.

An update on New Catina at 6215 West Broad Street in Henrico. The Vietnamese restaurant is now back open, after voluntarily closing in early July to deal with what the health department called a roach infestation. The health department says the restaurant worked with them on the problem.

We gave the NBC12 Hall of Fame Award to Captain D's at 10013 Hull Street Road in Chesterfield after it aced its last two health inspections.

"It feels great, and this is basically a team effort between us here and Chesterfield Health Department," said General Manager Sam Alkhaura,

At this 30-year-old restaurant, all the managers are ServSafe Certified.

"I'd like to thank Channel 12 for such an award, for such a program that encourages all service businesses to maintain high standards," Alkhaura said.

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