September 24: Restaurant Report

By Heather Sullivan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - After a seafood restaurant received some critical violations in a state health inspection, they're throwing open the doors to their kitchen to show you how clean it is. Other restaurants also in this Restaurant Report have worked to fix their violations, too.

Tucked in the corner at 3061 Lauderdale Drive in Henrico, Seafire Grille is a family run restaurant for families, serving up a wide variety of fresh seafoods and meats. Said owner Michael Trak, "They love it! They keep coming back more and more."

After a streak of good health inspections, 4 critical violations popped up on a recent report. So Trak says he made sure they were corrected. "We had a staff meeting and talked about it."

He says he re-trained staff on proper handwashing, keeping foods at proper temperatures, and they started using more cutting boards to keep foods separate. Trak showed us, "We have this board here so we don't bother this area here. Then we take the small board and wash it, sanitize it."

If you look at Seafire's kitchen, Trak says you'll always find it clean. Said Trak, "It's always like that, not because television cameras are here or because it's been inspected, but because customers sometimes walk into this door and talk to us."

A state follow-up report is not yet available, but the restaurant had a perfect score on a previous inspection.

In Richmond, Sandy's Restaurant and Lounge at 2424 North Avenue had 4 critical violations, including cups, plates, pitcher, bar silverware, and chef's knife observed soiled to site and touch. The restaurant had a perfect score on a follow-up inspection.

A former partner tells us Sandy's Restaurant and Lounge has gone out of business. Frank Gibb sent us the following statement: "Sandy's Restaurant was closed last month after being opened for almost exactly three years. Jeff Waddell (Chef Jeff) committed that portion of his life to bring a community based restaurant to the north side offering 'northern and southern black cuisine.' There simply was just not enough support within the community and he was forced to close."

In Chesterfield, China Taste at 1108 North Courthouse Road had 4 critical violations. The inspector wrote that no employee was observed properly washing hands during the inspection. Two violations were corrected during the inspection. A follow-up report is not yet available.

This week's NBC 12 Hall of Fame Award goes to Burger King at 10501 Atlee Station Road in Ashland. This fast food restaurant is serving it "your way" and serving it clean, earning perfect scores on their last 5 state health inspections over two years.

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