Restaurant Report: Greek restaurant hit with repeat violations

Restaurant Report: Greek restaurant hit with repeat violations

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - This week’s Restaurant Report features a Greek restaurant that was inspected seven times in about a month, along with a popular breakfast spot.

Greek Cuisine is located at 11214 Patterson Avenue in Henrico. In one inspection, the restaurant had four priority violations, one priority foundation violation, and five core violations. Only two were corrected during the inspection.

An inspector took issue with the cooling of some of the restaurant’s food as well as the person in charge’s knowledge of why proper cooling is important. According to the Virginia Department of Health’s website, bacteria that can make you sick grows best at temperatures between 41°F and 135°F. The health inspector found cabbage rolls piled high that had not yet been cooled to 70 degrees.

A health inspector went back seven times in less than five weeks, finding eight repeat violations each time; the inspector still had issues with the restaurant’s cooling practices.

The restaurant owner did not want to comment on camera, but allowed our NBC12 Investigator inside.

The owner said all problems had been fixed, and assured us the temperature inside her refrigerator had been adjusted.

Next, we looked at Saigon Pho and Grill, which is located at 6420 Horsepen Road in Henrico. It had five priority violations, five priority foundation violations, and one core.

The health inspector found a dead roach in the storage room and also saw an employee handle food without washing their hands with soap.

We tried calling the restaurant every day of the week with no call back.

And finally, our hall of fame award winner is The Dairy Bar. You can find their classic diner fare and popular ice cream in Scott’s Addition. Their past six inspections were flawless.

“We work day in and day out to make sure first and foremost the food is safe to eat we love our customers and we want to take care of them every day,” said William Webb, Co-Owner. The Dairy Bar has been a Richmond favorite since 1946.

This is how the Virginia Department of Health describes its violations on its website:

  • Priority identifies a provision in the Regulations whose application contributes directly to the elimination, prevention, or reduction to an acceptable level, hazards associated with foodborne illness or injury and there is no other provision that more directly controls the hazard.
  • Priority foundation identifies a provision in the Regulation whose application supports, facilitates, or enables one or more Priority items.
  • Core identifies a provision that is not Priority or Priority foundation and that usually relates to general sanitation, operational controls, sanitation standard operating procedures (SSOPs), facilities, equipment, or general maintenance.

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