RESTAURANT REPORT: Flies and food thrown out

RESTAURANT REPORT: Flies and food thrown out

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A couple of favorite Southern restaurants are in this Restaurant Report.  One for problems on their health inspection, the other for being exceptionally clean.

But first, a health inspector told a popular craft brewery to throw some food out.

Seven Hills Brewing Company at 115 South 15th Street in Richmond is known for its craft beer and seafood.  It usually earns better health inspection scores.  But this time it had 3 priority violations, plus 3 priority foundation, and 3 core violations.  The report says methods were not being used to control flies, and they were told to throw out some pico de gallo, diced tomatoes, and coleslaw that wasn't being kept cold enough.  The report shows that those violations and others were corrected during the inspection.  We called Seven Hills for comment, but haven't heard back.

Up next, Cracker Barrel at 106 South Carter Road in Ashland.  It had 3 priority violations, 2 priority foundation, and 9 core violations on its last health inspection.  The report says an employee failed to wash their hands between handling dirty and clean utensils, and the fry warmer, the interior or several prep units, and the back of the deep fryer had accumulations of grime and debris.

Cracker Barrel's corporate office sent us this statement:  
"Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has the highest regard for our guests and the experiences they have when they visit one our locations. This includes the store environment and the overall quality of our locations. We took immediate and effective measures to ensure compliance with the requests of the health department. All issues were resolved, which the health department approved upon re-inspection on Oct. 20, 2016."

I stopped by Mama J's at 415 North 1st Street in Jackson Ward to give them our Hall of Fame Award this week.

"I'm just happy," said owner Velma "Mama J" Johnson.  "Happy, happy, happy!"

Mama J says her southern and soul food restaurant serves up her family recipes and her family work ethic.  The restaurant has earned perfect scores on five health inspections over the last two years.  I asked Mama J how they've managed to do everything right.

"Teaching the people in my kitchen to act like my mama taught us when we were kids."  She said, quite simply, "Clean, clean, clean."

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